Friday, April 13, 2007

April 13, 18:30, Natasa Petresin Video Program I

Curated by Nataša Petrešin
First organized at De Appel, Amsterdam, January 2007

Distorted Fabric traces the production of the plausible in the contemporary art through the videos of various artists and installation by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige which warp our sense and knowledge of reality and render it questionable, odd and alienated. They operate with the categories of the logic of facts and logic of fiction as with two extremes on the same line of experience and thought that can be blurred, not as with two separate entities of experience, copying and mimicking one another. They confront the spectators at first with a subtle confusion, generated by the artistic methods of fabrication of the real, fictionalization of the visual documents or of imposture and decomposition of the first-person-singular narrative. The alienation rendered by the confusion, furthermore, invokes the Brechtian epic theatre of making his audience realise that what it sees on the stage is merely an account of some events that should be watched with critical detachment. As Brecht wrote, "alienation is necessary to all (critical) understanding. When something seems 'the most obvious thing in the world' it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up." The works in the video screening could be described as being between the subjective documentaries, docu-fictions or autofictive narrations. In a way the works presented are, as Hannah Arendt would call them, "forms of action", since they function as statements that try to change the common belief in the material authenticity of the images and information that construct our daily reality.

April 13, 18:30


Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: El film el mafkoud (The lost film), 2003 (42’)
Daya Cahen: The Stalin that was played by me, 2006 (15’)
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group: We Can Make Rain but No One Came To Ask, 2005 (17’)
Sebastián Díaz Morales: Lucharemos hasta anular la ley, 2005 (10’)