SHELTER IN PLACE
Curated by David Hartt and Julian Irlinger
8 June - 13 July 2020
Architecture’s relationship with cinema was established with the very first motion picture. In Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon by Auguste and Louis Lumière we see a didactic presentation of the film’s title as workers from the Lumière brothers factory stream forth from it’s interior at day’s end. In many ways the context of the film is its subject as well.
Moving images have gone from the architecture of cinema, to the mediation of the domestic interior through television to the nomadic dérive of mobile devices. It's evolution follows the increased mobility that globalisation enabled and imposed on society. This evolution does not however illustrate an increase of independence from the built environment and the motion picture did not abandon cinema's architecture, despite a mobile device's ability to be connected anywhere.
This logic relates to the fusion of built infrastructures and social superstructures that stretch along the routes of culture. The Covid-19 Pandemic has restricted mobility and what this will mean to a globalized society remains uncertain, but no matter if national orders are shut and the cinemas remain closed the network is still active. Shelter in Place offers a selection of films investigating the link between the moving image and our built environment, works that question the pathologies of networked space and our ability to act within it.
July 6, 5pm (+2 UTC), available for 24 hours
Program 5 // CONNECTION INTERRUPTED
Margarita Maximova – The Vast, The Land, The Liquid, 2015
Space Caviar – Fortress of Solitude, 2014
The relationships between humans and technology is explored throughout the films of Margarita Maximova and Space Caviar. Focusing on image production and artificial intelligence, the films investigate the possibilities and problems we face in an age of increasing digitization. Connection Interrupted shows different approaches to the invisible link of an analog experienced world and its mutations. Maximova's The Vast, The Land, The Liquid (2014) is a silent film featuring footage of landscapes subject to digital glitches. The viewer must rely on the indecisive narration of the subtitles to discern the scene or even identify that it is not the feedback of their own device, which is distorting the images. Furthermore, Space Caviar's Fortress of Solitude (2014) is a video essay, following the interaction with a smart-home, revealing throughout the chapters of the film the gradual militarization and data collection the technology is conducting on it's inhabitants and their home.
Film Still: Margarita Maximova, The Vast, The Land, The Liquid, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels.
Space Caviar – Fortress of Solitude, 2014. Courtesy of the artists.