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Film and Video

Seoul

Art of the Real-MMCA

21.Sep.2016 - 23.Oct.2016

  • Art of the Real-MMCA
  • 〈Anna〉, Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli
  • 〈The Second Game〉, Corneliu Porumboiu
  • 〈Bloody Beans〉, Narimane Mari
  • 〈White Out Black In〉, Adirley Queiros
  • 〈A Thousand Suns〉, Mati Diop
  • 〈One.Two.Three〉, Vincent Meesen
  • 〈Snakeskin〉, Daniel Hui
  • 〈What Means Something〉, Ben Rivers
  • 〈The Prison in Twelve Landscapes〉, Brett Story
  • 〈Dead Slow Ahead〉, Mauro Herce
  • 〈Poet on a Business Trip〉, Ju Anqi

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Art of the Real-MMCA

〈Anna〉, Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli

〈The Second Game〉, Corneliu Porumboiu

〈Bloody Beans〉, Narimane Mari

〈White Out Black In〉, Adirley Queiros

〈A Thousand Suns〉, Mati Diop

〈One.Two.Three〉, Vincent Meesen

〈Snakeskin〉, Daniel Hui

〈What Means Something〉, Ben Rivers

〈The Prison in Twelve Landscapes〉, Brett Story

〈Dead Slow Ahead〉, Mauro Herce

〈Poet on a Business Trip〉, Ju Anqi

  • Period 21.Sep.2016 - 23.Oct.2016
  • Venue MMCA Film&Video
  • Artists Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli, Corneliu Porumboiu, Narimane Mari, Adirley Queirós, Mati Diop, Vincent Meessen, Daniel Hui, Ben Rivers, Brett Story, Mauro Herce, Ju Anqi
  • Organ
    ized by / Suppo
    rted by
    National Museum of Modern and Cotemporary Art, Korea
  • Admission       4,000won(Tickets for all exhibition at MMCA Seoul)

  • Program
    introduction

Preface                                                                           

Eunhee KIM(Assistant curator MMCA Film and Video)

 

 Last year, MMCA Film and Video held the Asian Film and Video Art Forum, co-organized by independent Asian curators and the Arsenal-Institute for Film and Video Art, based in Germany, as well as the Berlin Forum Expanded—MMCA, with the intention to introduce a trend of experimental video works, ranging from independent documentary, experimental film, and video art and to suggest new discourses along this line. Now in 2016, MMCA Film and Video co-organizes Art of the Real —MMCA in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of that project. MMCA Film and Video has selected 11 works in cooperation with Rachael Rakes, a programmer at Film Society of Lincoln Center. All of these works reflect the trends and issues of non-fiction film and video art, and leave us with interesting questions as to the direction and spirit of current documentary.

 Contemporary non-fiction film appears in many complex forms, creating dispute as to the identity of documentary itself. The technological transformation of reproducing images such as the virtual image, hologram, and implementation of augmented reality apart from the phenomenological study on image, contributes to the formation of a world full of vague messages, which cannot be discerned from real to fiction. Thus the recent works mix genre attributes of documentary and fiction, and could be considered to reflect our fragmented and complicated reality as it is today. In addition, various experimental non-fiction films concentrating on individual lives and social relationship already include artist’s video works made for the purpose of exhibition in a gallery setting, changing the space of documentary presentation.

 The 11 works presented in Art of the Real—MMCA were each produced in different places and circumstances, and they pose questions about the cinematic process of documentary in depicting and constructing reality. Among the program selections, if we were to view the complex politics and social phenomena revealed in Anna (1972-75), directed by Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli and director Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscape (2016), we would be able to discover the same questions within contrasting mode of configuration. The aspect of Italian society of the 1970’s displayed in Anna, and the raw, rough moments captured by cinéma vérité style and the scenery of the U.S. held within the controlled form in The Prison in Twelve Landscape, ask us how to view any moments recorded by cameras.

 Through Art of the Real—MMCA, we invite you to experience the world of non-fiction films in the age of the hybridity, where genre classification is a thing of the past.



Preface                                                                        

Rachael Rakes(Programmer at Large, Film Society of Lincoln Center)


 Initiated in 2014 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center by me and Director of Programming Dennis Lim, Art of the Real is an annual nonfiction showcase founded on the most expansive possible view of documentary film. Each April, for two weeks, the festival features discoveries from around the world alongside retrospective selections by both known and unjustly forgotten filmmakers.

 The curatorial reach of Art of the Real extends to the worlds of contemporary art, ethnography and anthropology, hybrid filmmaking, sound, and avant-garde cinema. Many of the selected works move between various modes, or evade genre distinctions altogether. Previous editions of the showcase have featured retrospectives with Agnes Varda, Bruce Baillie and Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, career-spanning talks with artists such as Amie Siegel and Elisabeth Subrin, and a thematic series devoted to the structural modalities of reenactment.

 This inaugural collaboration with MMCA presents eleven selections from Art of the Real’s three editions to date. Focusing on contemporary works, Art of the RealMMCA offers a diverse mix of styles and approaches, which together begin to constellate the vibrant world of nonfiction moving image production today.

 These include science fiction-inflected works like Adirley Queirós’s White Out, Black In and Daniel Hui’s Snakeskin, which speculatively and poetically investigate historical and present traumas; semi-, or perhaps anti-biographical works such as Poet on a Business Trip by Ju Anqi and Mati Diop’s A Thousand Suns; unorthodox portraits like Ben Rivers’ idiosyncratic artist study What Means Something, and Alberto Grifi and Massimo Sarchielli’s 1970s Italian epic Anna (the lone archival contribution to the series); a raucous, mesmerizing collaborative drama that slyly re-casts the Algerian War, Narimane Mari’s Bloody Beans, along with many others that combine visual and conceptual experimentation with clear, urgent ideas.

 We are pleased to bring to MMCA a sampling of this platform for filmmakers and artists past and present who give us a wider view of nonfiction cinema.



* Art Of The Real - MMCA Screening Schedule

* Art Of The Real - MMCA Brochure



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