Screenings at dusk
23/05 – 17/08/2014
Screening at dusk: 21:07
Screening of Untitled (2013) by Peter Wächtler
Summer is over, well nearly anyway, and the dreary repetition of the working week awaits.
Summer also isn’t over, the old season has to end before a new one can start and the transition is by tradition fuelled by alcohol.
This to serve as an introduction to Peter Wächtler’s animated film Untitled (2013). The film is made from 360 individual drawings, with an off-screen narrator providing the sound track.
A brief exposition of the narrative follows:
We hear about growing up in a small town, reminiscing about childhood memories. Everyone expects this guy to follow in his father’s footsteps, working or learning a trade. This line introduces the perpetual hopelessness encumbering this young couple’s hometown because no one expects any chance of being able to get out of the life they were born in to.
“All them things” are the hopes and dreams that once took over their imaginations. As a young couple, they had planned a great life devoid of blue-collar jobs and lower-class status. But within a few years of their marriage, their dreams are shattered, and they attempt to forget and ignore the aspirations that once inspired them. Ultimately, they end up back in the “valley,” just as so many others do and as is expected by their community.
The memories of him and his wife, enveloped in young love and sharing romantic nights down at the reservoir, haunt him as he contemplates the disappointing reality of their lives relative to the dreams they once had. He asks what the repercussions of a broken dream really are — is it just that they’re lies for not become reality — or is there a more acute pain the makes unrealized dreams something far worse than simply “lies.”
They search together in the dry riverbed for a way to flee the life that’s trapped them. But the water isn’t flowing, the grass isn’t green, and there’s no current to sweep them out of this town.
Exposition courtesy of genius.com
About the artist:
Peter Wächtler (b. 1979, Hannover) lives in Brussels and Berlin. Recent solo shows include Reena Spaulings, New York; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster; dépendace, Brussels; Ludlow 38, New York; Kunstraum, London; and Lars Friedrich, Berlin. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; the Liverpool Biennial 2014 and the Lyon Biennial 2013. His book of short stories, Come On, is out now on Sternberg Press.
Screening at dusk: 22:18
Screening of Monolog (2009) by Laure Prouvost
In collaboration with Gerd Elise Mørland.
How to express the sensation of the sun in a video? Or the sensation of a touch? Apparently insolvable questions like these motivate Laure Prouvost in her work, referring to the streaming of images online. In the video Monolog, Prouvost is talking both to an object (the video camera) and to us, combining space, text and images to create atmospheric experiences through 2-dimentional mediums that usually do not capture the sensible aspects of life. The narrative technique in the video plays with the levels on which the viewer could engage, and alternates between the story she is telling in person - Prouvost's own physical space when recording the video, as she is there for us - and our physical presence in the space in which we are situated as we watch the video. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, and interrupting things we usually hold on to, Prouvost is facing the frustration of the impossibility that lies in the 2-dimentional medium; that it cannot communicate in full how it is to experience something, even though we often treat it like this in our everyday life and reality.
as part of the screening series Pity we're here and not there (2014–2015)