LISTE 2019 | Programming
Daniela and Linda Dostálková, Quality: Flexibility, 2016 (video still), courtesy the artists and Piktogram
Video and Performance Programme at the Joinery
Arcadia Missa / Sandy Brown present: Penny Goring (*1962, lives in London), Monitor, 2014-15, video, sound, 17 min. 58 sec.In 2009 Goring bought her first computer and started uploading image macros. This video is a compilation of the double helix poetry – partly persona, partly autobiographical – created on her NewHive profile.
Galerie Maria Bernheim presents: Miriam Laura Leonardi (*1985, lives in Zurich), MAH00612-16, 2017, video, 93 min.Since 2013 Leonardi has been building a collection of videos in which she follows women in access-restricted settings, such as fairs, operas, casinos, VIP areas, etc. By filming these strangers in exclusive settings, Leonardi explores the social contracts of space and how the individual responds to them in potentially claustrophobic situations.
blank presents: Bronwyn Katz (*1993, lives in Cape Town and Johannesburg), Grond Herinnering, 2015, video, sound, 3 min. 52 sec.Katz's Grond Herinnering portrays the artist in performance: dancing, enacting a childhood game with bricks, and “washing” her feet with the soil of the Northern Cape, where she comes from. The three-channel video work is accompanied by an audio track in which she recites a letter written by her grandmother in Afrikaans (Katz's mother tongue), recalling notions of place or space as lived experience.
Company presents: Hayden Dunham (*1988, lives in Los Angeles and New York), A New Bottom, 2019, performanceFor Company’s LISTE booth, Dunham has designed an experiential installation of new kinetic sculptures and wall works. These pieces function harmoniously as by-products of a central system constructed by lines of a poem written by the artist. Dunham will perform this poem as part of LISTE’s Joinery program.
Ermes – Ermes presents: Nick Bastis (*1985, lives in New York), Pedraza vs. Lomachenko (Camouflage Edit), 2019, video, sound, 59 min. 45 sec.In this so-called “camouflage edit”, a television broadcast of a recent, major boxing match is treated with machinations common to those used to elude automated copyright detectors, layering figurations and abstractions that play out separately but in parallel: (what is seen) ∥ (what is understood). A strange pseudo-presence emerges between the perceivable and imperceptible.
Lucas Hirsch presents: Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė (*1986 and *1987, both live in Basel), YGRG 14X: Reading with a single hand, 2018, video, sound, 29 min. 56 sec.This video takes the artists’ ongoing performative project YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (YGRG) as its point of departure. The experience of collective reading extended into the domain of live performance and self-documentation is contextualised in the film, rendering the body and its surroundings as the site of an active and ongoing set of relations.
Ivan presents: Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (*1977 and *1978, both live in Bucharest), No Shelter From the Storm, 2015, video, sound, 5 min. 42 sec.The artists wander through a deforested Eastern European landscape while whistling the popular anti-war song “Where have all the flowers gone,” re-adapted by many generations. Forests have historically posed as a retreat in times of war – the artists visualise the surrendering of nature to today’s all-encompassing condition of (state) violence.
Galerie Noah Klink presents: Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Paul Spengemann (*1990 and *1987, both live in Hamburg), The inaccessibility of ancient Greece and its impact, 2016, video, sound, 13 min. 10 sec.One of Frohne-Brinkmann and Spengemann’s first collaborative works, this short film uses the setting of a famed modernist school as a ninth character, staging a rendition of a classical Greek tragedy. By contrasting architecture and language, the tension between the birth of creative individuals and neoliberal imperatives is confronted.
MadeIn Gallery presents: Zheng Yuan (*1988, lives in Beijing), A Brief History of China Northwest Airlines, 2018, video, sound, 27 min. 44 sec.Zheng retrieved the origin and final destination of every aircraft operated by China Northwest Airlines (1989–2003) and reassembled the enterprise's scattered archive into a parallel historical narrative. As a failed experiment in the privatisation of state industries, the artist's work shows how the country's airspace was opened by the force of government policy.
Madragoa presents: Buhlebezwe Siwani (*1987, lives in Cape Town and Amsterdam), AmaKhosi, 2018, 4K video, sound, 3 min. 57 sec.Siwani looks at the intersections between land, its colonisation and its connection to religion. The viewer observes a dance created by followers of the Shembe church – Africa’s best-known independent church that incorporates elements of the Bible. Vast sugar cane fields pose an epic backdrop, not least as the epitome of problematic interventions – both natural and economic – by colonisers.
Piedras presents: Monica Heller (*1975, lives in Buenos Aires), OK.012/019, 2012-2019, video, sound, 37 min. OK.012/019 gathers eight 3D and 2D animation video works. By adapting models and CGI design shared within specific communities, Heller explores the use of professional and amateur software, intermediate between the videogame and its consequent possibilities and creative limitations as the imaginary ones that they offer.
Liv Schulman (*1985, lives in Paris), Formal Economy, 2018, performanceIn this 30-minute performance that features a loosely poetic form of speech acts, Schulman thinks among and through a group of sculptures that she is surrounded by, telling stories about various forms of informal economy that exist within emotional lives, slowly unravelling an interconnection of informal “conspiracies” and larger formal economies.
Piktogram presents: Daniela and Linda Dostálková (*1979 and *1977, both live in Prague), Quality: Flexibility, 2016, HD video, sound, 3 min. 25 sec., voice-over by Nora Turato"Freedom, mobility, individualism, self-determination". This is the sociologist Pascal Gielen's definition of the automobile, a private sphere in public space, in motion at high velocities. In this video, the movement of a contortionist reacts to the given space in a luxury car and a voice-over reflects the controlled processes of speech beyond assumed safe space of the car.
Sabot presents: Nona Inescu (*1991, lives in Bucharest), Vestigial Structures, 2018, HD video, sound, 6 min. 38 sec. Vestigial Structures takes its starting point from the concretions that are still considered to be a mystery of nature, a geological curiosity, due to their unusual shapes, textures, sizes and resemblance to man-made objects or fossils. These stones turn the geological and mythological passing of time into solid “portraits”. The video was produced with the support of Frac des Pays de la Loire.
Sariev Contemporary presents: Vikenti Komitski (*1983, lives in Berlin), Lucky Fetish, 2015, video, sound, 54 sec.In a single frame and less than a minute, world history and economy collide. A stylised maneki-neko, also known as a fortune cat, literally hits the cheek of Karl Marx’s gesso bust, a perpetual reminder of dissonance.
Gregor Staiger presents: Shana Moulton (*1976, lives in Santa Barbara), Whispering Pines 10 (Episodes 1-3), 2018, video, sound, xx min.Whispering Pines is Moulton’s video saga, which she has been developing since 2002. At the centre is Cynthia, Moulton’s filmic alter ego, who inhabits a domestic space strewn with plastic consumer health gadgets and New Age wellness products promising holistic cure and self-improvement, addressing the obsessive quest for perfect health and peace of mind, anxiety and consumerism.
Super Dakota presents: !Mediengruppe Bitnik (*1976 and *1979, they live in Berlin and Zurich), /Surveillance Chess/, 2012, video, sound, 7 min.In this work, the hacker duo !Mediengruppe Bitnik re-evaluates surveillance-scapes as part of public space just before the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012. By manipulating unencrypted connections between monitoring cameras and control centres, they replace the real-time image on the monitor with a personal invitation to play chess.
Sweetwater presents: Christopher Aque (*1987, lives in New York), Idling, Super 8 film transferred to 4K video, 2018, 14 min. Idling is composed of four hand-held shots of shirtless white men sunbathing alone in Brooklyn's Prospect Park on weekday afternoons. The shaky footage has been laboriously edited, frame-by-frame, to stabilise the image against a black background – a tender expression of benign desire, albeit a distant, anonymous and voyeuristic one.
Union Pacific presents: Caroline Mesquita (*1989, lives in Paris and Brittany), The Ballad, 2017, video, sound, 29 min. 3 sec.Mesquita appears alongside her sculptures masquerading as a myriad of characters with diverse costumes and makeup experimentation, challenging our understanding of identity construction and representation, oscillating between tenderness and violence, love and vice.