Still from Laure Prouvost’s Lick to the Past, 2016. Courtesy the Artist and Lux, London.
Film screening: Governing the Effects of Retrograde, Part I
Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Moderated by Jesse McKee, resident of Things that can happen
Who or what is the “house”, and what does it want? Jack asks no further questions, and the film — like the novel — offers no definitive answers [The Shining]. We never see the Overlook’s real management. In the novel, the Overlook’s reveling entities keep repeating the injunction “Unmask!”. But neither in the novel, nor in the film, do the creatures that have seized hold of the hotel ever fully reveal themselves. It is not so much that they do not show their faces as they do not seem to have faces to show. - Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie, 2017.
This film night takes place in a month when four planets have entered retrograde; Saturn, Mercury, Pluto and Venus. It’s also taking place during a moment when we all feel like history is with us again, moving rather quickly and obtusely backwards at the same time. A series of short films by artists consider personal narratives of collapse, recovery and memory which are tied to architecture and the built environment. Set within a foggy momentum of politics, finance and ongoing transitions to digital lifestyles, these films provide wandering points of view and collage. Delivering narrative structures, dream states, ambivalent pleasures and manifestos about the liquid modernity we experience, as the eerie effects of capital act as an invisible hand, able to conjure more influence than anything of real substance in our lives.
- Rosa Aiello, 27 Seasons, 2017, 9 minutes - Evgeny Granilshchikov, Courbet’s Funeral, 2014, 13:30 minutes - Patrick Goddard, The Hellish Cycle Complete, 2016, 11 minutes - Felix Kalmenson, House of Skin, 2016, 16 minutes - Yuri Pattison, 1014, 2015, 10:14 minutes - Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson, Consider the Belvedere, 2015, 9:25 minutes - Laure Prouvost, Lick to the Past, 2016, 8:25 minutes
Rosa Aiello is a writer and video artist whose writing and video practice deals with the limits of language, reason, and humanness. Often working with digital animation, Aiello uses this medium to explore relationships between representations of the body, its environments, subjectivity and affective responses to capitalism. Aiello is currently studying at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and holds an MA from Oxford in literature and philosophy.
Evgeny Granilshchikov is an artist and an independent film director. He studied literature and animation at The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. In 2013 he was awarded the Kandinsky Prize in the “Young Artists: Project of the Year” category for his film Positions. His films are about the influence of political and social situation on individuals who are trying to work out their historical heritage and the ways history exists alongside contemporary private experience.
Felix Kalmenson is an artist who works in installation, film, photography, and collage, within public space, as well as, in gallery settings. His work engages the public domain, memory, and myth, and how these topics are mediated by complex social, economic, and urban landscapes. Kalmenson completed his Bachelors of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto.
Patrick Goddard makes video, publication, performance and installation. His politically loaded and narrative based works undermine themselves with a self-defeating black comedy. Inverting the position of the aloof cultural critic, the works wrestle with the complexities of commitment and the artist’s own fumbled attempts to create a personal and political integrity. Goddard holds an MFA from Goldsmiths University and he is currently studying for a doctorate at Oxford University in Fine Art practice.
Yuri Pattison is an artists who works across sculpture and digital media, exploring the visual culture that results from the blurring of online/offline life. Pattison’s inquisitive practice seeks to unlock the invisible threads, both physical and digital that connect political and economical systems. The results often confirm that reality is indeed oftentimes stranger than fiction. The artist was the recipient of the 2016 Frieze Artist Award and holds a BFA from Goldsmiths University.
Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson work collaboratively across installation, sculpture, book making and film. Their works immerse you in hallucinatory sets that loosely evoke the familiar yet strange locations for escapist films focus on the potent and transformative states between sleeping and waking, explored within the legacies of Surrealism. The artists work individually and have shared a collective practice since 2009, when they met while studying at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
Laure Prouvost unhinges commonplace and expected connections between language, image, and perception. Stepping away from linear narratives, she exposes the unstable relationship between imagination and reality, and opens up a space where audiences can engage provocatively with surreal aspects of meaning. She is the recipient of the 2013 Turner Prize and the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2011. Prouvost holds a BFA from Central St. Martins and a MFA from Goldsmiths.
About Jesse McKee: Jesse McKee is the Head of Strategy at 221A, Vancouver. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s research-based programming and aligning all aspects of the organisation’s work with a strategic plan that develops and sustains self-organised cultural infrastructures. He is resident at Things that can happen from 4 April to 20 May 2017.
With thanks to all of the team at 221A, Vancouver and The Chu Collection and British Columbia Arts Council for the support of this residency and programming.
放映影片： - Rosa Aiello，《27 Seasons》， 2017年，9分鐘 - Evgeny Granilshchikov，《Courbet’s Funeral》，2014年，13分30秒 - Patrick Goddard，《The Hellish Cycle Complete》，2016年，11分鐘 - Felix Kalmenson，《House of Skin》， 2016年，16分鐘 - Yuri Pattison，《1014》，2015年，10分14秒 - Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson，《Consider the Belvedere》2015年，9分25秒 - Laure Prouvost，《Lick to the Past》，2016年，8分25秒