Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Wayward Canon: A forum for screening and collaboration

New Exhibition at Platform Garanti

December 13, 18:30
*Discussion - The Wayward Canon
Ian White and Mark Aerial Waller

A discussion between Ian White and Mark Aerial Waller on the ideas behind the Wayward Canon and the showing of art and film in unpredictable formats and spaces.

The Wayward Canon is a forum for screening and collaboration founded by artist Mark Aerial Waller for event-based interventions in film and television. The series presents cinema as a physical space, as well as a site for historical position and analytical content. The projects are typically durational, and introduce a specific relationship between films and the spaces in which they are presented.

December 15, 20:00
*Event-The Wayward Canon presents: Simon and the Radioactive Flesh

A film and intermittent art video screenings that transcend into a purgatorial nightclub setting with djs and disco balls – be prepared to dance.

Simon and the Radioactive Flesh uses Louis Bunuel's 45 minute film of an ascetic, Simon, a devotee of Simon Stylites, who proclaims his faith through standing on a column in the desert. The devil visits on several occasions to lure him from his duty, eventually succeeding in transposing him to purgatory; a beat nightclub in 1960's New York. In this reworking of the original film, each time the devil appears the narrative is interrupted by the insertion of a contemporary video art work. The interruptions continue throughout the film until finally we too are spatially interrupted, finding ourselves in a parallel to the purgatorial nightclub setting of the film's last dance, Carne Radioactivo (the Radioactive Flesh).

Artists' videos presented:
Benjamin Callaway / Carousel/
Sophie Brown and Catherine Evlid / Its time to give in /
Nasan Tur / The puddle and the blue sky /
Mark Leckey / We are (untitled)
Omer Ali Kazma / She has had it /
Pablo Bronstein / Trojan Horse /
With the collaboration of Giles Round.
Total screening time approx 1 hour, dancing thereafter.

Mark Aerial Waller is an artist in residence with IRP, Platform. He is currently working on a new film entitled 'Seed Bank' and a series of Wayward Canon events for Istanbul. The Canon has traveled internationally with presentations in London, Berlin and New York. Past events include: My Kleine Fassbinderbar, a 15 hour monument to Fassbinder's 'Berlin Alexanderplatz', installed in a site specific bar with a mirror reflecting the screen, The Sun Set, an invitation for artists, poets and writers to respond to the disjointed temporality and epic theme of Aaron Spelling's Hollywood soap, 'Sunset Beach' and La Societé des Amis de Judex, the recontextualisation of Apollinaire's pre-surrealist attentions to the early popular cinema of Louis Feuillade, where a smoke machine acts as a spatial and temporal agent.

Ian White is a adjunct film curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and curator of the Special Programme at the 2007 Oberhausen Short Film Festival. As an artist, his most recent project was a collaboration with Jimmy Robert for Art Now at Tate Britain in December 2004.

Realised with support from the British Council in Istanbul and the Arts Council of England.