An evening of new moving image works by Sonia Boyce, Petra Bauer, Keren Cytter, Agnieszka Polska, and Marinella Senatore, that respond broadly to the regulations and social orders that govern our lives – and in turn, the way that we attempt to break or navigate these rules.
Sonia Boyce will be present for a Q and A at 6.30pm with Liverpool Biennial's Public Programme Curator Vanessa Boni.
Petra Bauer's film will be screened in the foyer, and can be seen before or after the screening.
Sonia Boyce: Move (2013). Video, sound, 11'33
Through improvised choreographic interpretations of history and place, Move looks at two episodes in the recent history of the Swedish city of Göteborg: the underground nightclub scene in the Haga district during the 1980s and the developments of the anti-globalization protest in the summer of 2001. In her film Boyce sets out to examine the role that the architecture of the City plays stimulating, or blocking, collective action.
Petra Bauer and Marius Dybwad Brandrud: Choreography for the Giants (2013). Publication, video installation, sound
In this new work Petra Bauer looks at the procession known as the Mechelen Ommegang, a world heritage event which only takes place every twenty-five years. The last time was in 1988, and since then society has undergone many changes. In her film and its accompanying publication, Bauer pays particular attention to the way in which the organisers have attempted the difficult task of representing societal change in the context of this public parade.
Keren Cytter: Corrections (2013). Video, sound, 10'
Cytter's film tells the story of a man ridden with guilt for ruining his parent's life. He compares his life to that of a cockroach. While trying to remember what happened in the past, he discovers the real reason for his guilt.
Agnieszka Polska: Future Days (2013). Video, sound, 20'
In Future Days, Polska creates a fictitious after-life for artists, in which artists of different generations meet after death. They include key figures from the twentieth-century art world and a number of forgotten Polish artists and theoreticians.
Marinella Senatore: The School of Narrative Dance (2013). Video, sound, 20'
Senatore's nomadic school, The School of Narrative Dance, is based around open dialogue with communities around the world. The lessons are centred around storytelling, and encompass stage techniques, poetry and oral history. The eponymous film tells the story of the school through dance, drama and movement.
These works have been commissioned in partnership with Contour Biennial of Moving Image, Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts and Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, under the framework of the European Culture Programme 2007–2013. Agnieszka Polska’s film was co-produced by the following additional partners: Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden; and ACT Art Collection Telekom. Works by Peter Wächtler, as well as Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, have also been jointly commissioned and are presented at The Old Blind School as part of A Needle Walks into a Haystack.
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