06.11 - 07.12.2008 The Cinematic as Method and Metaphor
Carter (U.S.) Christian Jankowski (DE) Johan Grimonprez (BE) Salla Thick (FI) Clemens von Wedemeyer (DE) Knut Åsdam (GB) Curated by Ida Kierulf and Susanne Ø. Sæther
How does cinema film artists of today? The exhibition COMME AU CINEMA presents a new generation of artists that explore the cinematic as method and metaphor in their work. The gallery space is rearranged as a movie theater for the occasion, and both amateurs and Hollywood actors, extras and doubles appear on the screen - including Alfred Hitchcock as an iconic figure. The exhibition examines the mechanisms that are set in motion when the cinematic is transferred from a film context to an art context. Art and film have influenced each other since the historical avant-garde. In the wake of the digital revolution in the 90s, the cinematic was integrated for real in the gallery space through immersive cinematic installations (Douglas Gordon, Stan Douglas, Pierre Huyghe, etc.). COMME AU CINEMA, however, focuses on a new generation of film and video artists who consistently explores the cinematic in their artistic work. For these artists the medium of film is both made available and individualized through a variety of new media platforms (such as DVD, I-phone, Internet), and the cinematic is used as a rich and broad communicative expression. Common to the exhibition´s works is that they enable the cinema film´s unique look at relationships, characterized by the identification and imagination. The works differ so markedly from the documentary and hand-held film production that has dominated the art scene in recent years. By approaching the cinematic method which uses elements artists like actors, high production quality, detailed staging and an extensive production system with a number of specialized functions. The artists implement the cinematic metaphorically by working reality through fiction. The exhibition title (taken from the French actor Alain Delon album release Comme au Cinema from 1987) have pointed out the film as a transformer and seducer, and its ability to move the viewer in time and space. The artists use the cinematic, both as a critical tool to comment on social structures, language and power, and as a tool in the construction of total and fantastic illusions.
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