Filmed in Beirut and Kyiv, it continues the series of “truth-futurist” lms by Metahaven initiated with The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda) and Information Skies. A looped 30-minute lm describes a ctional city where nothing is certain, except for permanent uncertainty. Between derelict buildings, street markets, interrupted real estate projects, and slaughterhouses, two protagonists —Lera and Ghina—reveal their attachment to the hometown, having somehow internalised its contradictions. Metahaven do not mean to overcome the genuinely disquieting uneasiness of today’s reality, neither criticise the conditions that led human-ity there. Instead, they suggest embracing and exploring hometown’s environment, where everything everything looks familiar, yet nothing is what it is or used to be. Hometown is seeking a self-conscious dierence and distance from recent trends of artworks that take “technology” as their subject matter. Using both the script and visual treatment achieves a highly personalised lter of subject material such as propaganda and surveillance. IZOLYATSIA, whose hometow —Donetsk—has been occupied by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, was forced to relocate its team to Kyiv where they founded IZONE, a creative hub on the territory of old Kyiv shipyards. It was here that Metahaven shot several sequences of their lm in 2017. A nomadic institution in exile, IZOLYATSIA has produced a plethora of artprojects focusing on speculative scenarios of survival in the current turbulent reality of propaganda and post truth. Constantly questioning the very notion of hometown, IZOLYATSIA is now proud to premiere the lm by Metahaven in Kyiv, having supported its production in Ukraine.
Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven works across art, lmmaking, and graphic design. Recent solo presentations include Information Skies, Auto Italia, London (2016), The Sprawl, YCBA, San Francisco (2015), Black Transparency, Future Gallery, Berlin (2014), and Islands in the Cloud, MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Fear & Love, Design Museum, London (2016), The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), Private Settings: Art After the Internet, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014), and Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013). Music videos by Metahaven include Home (2014), and Interference (2015), both for musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon. In 2015 and 2016, Metahaven created its rst long documentary, The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda). Its ctional sequel, ashort lm titled Information Skies, was shot and edited in 2016, and nominated for the European Film Awards in 2017.
IZOLYATSIA is a cultural platform founded in Donetsk in 2010 and relocated to Kyiv in June 2014 after the military occupation of its premises. The foundation’s mission is to inspire positive change in Ukraine by using culture as an instrument. IZOLYATSIA has carried out over fty international projects, supporting socially responsive artists and creative producers in Kyiv, throughout Ukraine, and worldwide, as well as serving as a resource for international curators, scholars, artists and ambassadors. IZOLYATSIA has three intertwined directions of activity: art, research, and projects geared at activating Ukraine’s creative sector.