ARTSTS CINEMA: Desktop Cinema
Tuesday, 17.10.2017 at 19.00
Gorgona Hall / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
with films and video by: Susanna Flock, Kevin B. Lee, Sarah Magenheimer, Laure Prouvost, John Smith
Curated by: Branka Bencic & Miriam de Rosa
Organized by: Tihomir Milovac, MSU
Stemming from the research conducted for the exhibition Desktop Cinema: Post-Internet Aesthetics, which was part of the support program at Pula Film Festival Cinemaniac 2017: Video Television Anticipation held at MMC LUKA in Pula (July 2017), this curated screening program gathers recent films and videos produced between 2014 and 2017 that reflect upon digital interface practices.
Inviting the spectator along a trajectory that moves through current and most utilized media format and practices to a catalog of touch, portable, DIY and desktop screen media, the screening develops the concept inspiring the show by offering a selection of works revolving around the tension between activity and passivity, materiality and intangibility by combining stills, experimental video clips, 3D animations, iPhone footage and more. The combination of digital and post-digital world is approached in etymological terms (from lat. digitus, finger), that is, evoking the tactile dimension of screen media and shading light on the link bridging touch screens and haptic perception in the age of dynamic and fluid media forms. Not by chance, the program is opened by an excerpt from Félix Guattari’s visionary text Towards a Post-media Era (1990 pub.1996) edited in a loop by the curators, thereby setting the conceptual coordinates of the project.
Drawing upon both innovative and familiar media practices, the film program engages with the continuity between the habitual aspects characterizing our contemporary media consumption and the creative empowerment. Sketching an imaginary fil rouge touching upon mobile screen media, desktop applications and images, and beyond, the selected works connect the spheres of artists and public, underlining at the same time the continued, ever-present agency of the media as a lens filtering our perception, understanding and use of culture and technology.
Félix Guattari, Towards a Post-media Era, text excerpt in loop
Susanna Flock, Fetish Finger (6.16 min, 2016)
Laure Prouvost, We know we are just pixels (4.44 min, 2015)
John Smith, Steve hates Fish (5.10 min, 2015)
Sara Magenheimer, Slow Zoom Long Pause (13 min, 2015)
Susanna Flock, Starring Role (4.30 min, 2016)
Kevin B Lee, Transformers: The Premake (25 min, 2014)
The program will be introduced by Branka Bencic and Miriam de Rosa.
Films: Courtesy of the artists, LUX and VDB
ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a screening program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program presents recent works of film/video outside the context of production of entertainment and spectacle as well as introducing historical perspectives and developments. It completes the programming of the Museum and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. It is aimed to intensify the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way it will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving images.
Program Artists’ Cinema screened artworks by: Ursula Mayer, Shaun Gladwell, Gordon Matta Clark, Ibro Hasanović, Zlatko Kopljar, Damir Očko, Marko Lulić, Jasmina Cibic, Pilvi Takkala, James Benning and programes Distorted Mirror (Lisl Ponger, Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkasky, Mathias Muller, Siegfried A. Fruhauf), Video television Anticipation, Share – Too much history, Difference Screen.
Curated by: Branka Benčić, independent curator
Organized by: Tihomir Milovac, chief curator MSU
Project is supported by City of Zagreb and HAVC Croatian Audiovisual Center
Organized in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb and Apoteka – Space for Contemporary Art
cover image: Laure Prouvost: We know we are just pixels, still frame. Courtesy of the artist and LUX