Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

Screening Readership

Tee Pee Video Space Troupe. A video totem showing self-portrait of the photographer, 1973; black and white. Photo Credit: Peter Angelo Simon.

From our partners at Art Practical, today we bring you Erica C. Gomez‘s essay on the “readership” and active interpretation of film. She notes, “Reading film is an action that extends outward, producing new lines of movement through publics and counterpublics.” This article was originally published on December 4, 2013. Ever since the Lumière brothers’ 1895 public film screening, rapid changes have marked the film exhibition[…..]

Fan Mail: Sarah O’Donnell

Sarah O’Donnell. A Visible Night, 2013; Interior image of site specific installation at abandoned Moran energy plant, Burlington, VT, colored silks, rotating LED light, light board; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

In Sarah O’Donnell’s work, cinema, the diorama, and immersive installation come together to give shape to her fascination with and investigation of human memory. O’Donnell is specifically interested in the places and characters through which memories are made. She often re-creates memories through her own ever-evolving methods of mise-en-scène and editing. In this way, her works all seem to reside somewhere between explaining and further[…..]

From the Archives: Interview with Lukasz Jastrubczak

Today in From the DS Archives we bring you an interview with Polish artist Lukasz Jastrubczak. Jastrubczak and his collaborator Małgorzata Mazur are currently exhibiting work in The Day Is Too Short at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Wrocław, Poland, through October 21, 2013. Jastrubczak also has work in Spojrzenia, the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, through November 17, 2013. The interview was conducted by[…..]

Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise at Berkeley Art Museum

Yang Fudong. The Fifth Night (Rehearsal), 2010; seven channel 35mm film transferred to HD; black and white, sound; 52:09 min. Music: Jin Wang

Walking into the large, darkened space of Yang Fudong’s The Fifth Night (Rehearsal) (2010) at the Berkeley Art Museum’s Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013, the viewer is greeted by seven large black-and-white projections on three walls. In each projection, characters perform simple actions: two men carry suitcases down the street; a woman in a floral dress wanders pensively, her silk scarf fluttering. Superimposed on[…..]

A Sense of Noir: Bill Armstrong at ClampArt

Untitled (Film Noir #1414), Type-C print, 2012.

Standing before the photographs from Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series, resistance is futile. Intense washes of color and uncertain, alluring forms beckon yet elude one’s grasp, and the encounter between viewer and work becomes a question not of looking but, more powerfully, of experiencing. Critical distance is collapsed, vision becomes a channel for sensation, and image expands into an all-encompassing, alternative reality. Such is the effect[…..]

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves

Isaac Julien TEN THOUSAND WAVES (2010)  Installation view, The Hayward Gallery, London  Nine screen installation, 35mm film, transferred to High Definition  9.2 surround sound, 49' 41"  Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves made its west coast premier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in the largest space yet to exhibit his nine-screen film installation. The film installation, open through December 1 at the museum, braids three strands of time and landscape together: the rural mountains of ancient China, the early Golden Age of Chinese cinema, and current day. Julien, who[…..]

Living at the Movies: Interview with Lukasz Jastrubczak

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I was originally scheduled to interview Lukasz Jastrubczak in Poland last summer, but as I researched his background and projects I discovered that he was going to be in San Francisco in the fall on a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Jastrubczak is a thoughtful artist, working his way through multiple concepts at once to make art that is both complex and[…..]