A double-bill screening of recent work by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt and Judith Hopf & Deborah Schamoni presented by curator Shama Khanna. Both works inform Khanna’s research into screen-based immaterial art and culture which she shares on the website flatness.eu.
Judith Hopf & Deborah Schamoni 'Hospital Bone Dance', 2006, 7 minutes
In ‘Hospital Bone Dance’ (2006), the programmatic patient–doctor relationship is thrown by the receptionist’s oblique response to a patient seeking help: ‘I’ve got a pain here, I’ve got to see the doctor.’ ‘The doctor? I’d like to see that doctor too!’ Only when the receptionist (the artist) catches sight on a monitor of a doctor leading a band of mummies dancing zombie-like out of an operating room is her response pragmatic: ‘That moron. They’ll never get back.’ (Kirsty Bell)
Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt 'Palacios de Pena' (Palaces of Pity), 2011, 56 minutes
Gabriel Abrantes and his collaborators use the tropes of mainstream cinema to make works that are by turns comical, thought-provoking and transgressive. In a parable on guilt and oppression, which alludes to aspects of Portuguese colonial history, two cousins are potential heirs to their grandmother’s fortune. A new generation may be oblivious to the past, but inherits it nonetheless. (Mark Webber)
flatness.eu is an online exhibition space and reading resource. The project engages with the work of artists and technologists as part of everyday networked culture. Flatness examines the influence of the digital as a simulation of analogue effects, and its implications on the processes of art, raising questions about the flattening of time and physical experience in an emergent era of hyperreality.
Part of PAMI, a four-day programme of artists’ moving image happening in various locations across Peckham, South-East London through 19 - 22 September 2013.
The programme for Bold Tendencies has been organised by PAMI founder Harriet Blaise Mitchell.
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