EMPIRE II @ La Biennale di Venezia Private View12th May 2017 2pm - 10pm
13th May - 26th November 2017
Open dailyTuesday - Saturday10am - 6pm
Riva Dei Sette Martiri
Press & Artists Pre Launch Party > 5pm start
@ Brussels Art Week - 18th April 2017
In association with
John Adams & Frederic de Goldschmidt
Quai au Bois a Bruler 19a, Brussels 1000
Curator & Artists Talk > 6.30pm start
@ Poppositions Art Fair - 20th April 2017
In Association with The Office Of Curating
ING Art Center, Mont Des Arts/Kunstberg
Place Royale/Koningsplein 9, Brussels
Press & Artists Pre Launch Party
@ London - 25th April 2017
In Association with The Corridor Gallery
92 White Post Lane , Hackney E9
EMPIRE II - Exhibiting The Moving Image
Empire II is an artist led satellite project devised and curated by Vanya Balogh for 57th La Biennale di Venezia.
This intimate, immersive film hub space will feature three chambers; beginning with an extensive library, engaging in film history and theory, curated attentively by participating artists from their personal book collections and intended for browsing and perusing; leading further on to a single screen darkroom, a pulsating digital heart, showcasing a sequence of 115 imaginative short films programmed to play on thecontinuous loop; and on to the final imaginary space, the Virtual Reality port which will evolve over time in collaboration with various artists.
In recent years we have seen an intense and speedy cultural migration and merging of art , architecture and moving image. As empires are built on ruins, so has digital mass evolving from the fractured analogue spectrum of our not so distant past, submerged itself into the fluid fabric of our contemporary worldview.
Mash ups, remakes, samplings, cut-ups ; contemporary culture is profoundly fragmented and constantly recreated. What were once avant-garde strategies have now become everyday practices. The ubiquity and diversity of gadgets, cameras and screens is a particularly prominent aspect of this "softwarized" digital culture. Professional film makers are seen to use cheap digital cameras in order to create low tech DIY aesthetics, as exemplified in the Dogme 95 movement initiated by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
Empire II is a spontaneous reflex point, immersive single screen experience with a library, a hot eye that reflects on the elusiveness and temporality of the digital image, interweaving various paths, trends and approaches to film making. Ranging from animation to cold cut editing, 115 digital shorts are transported from London via Brussels to Venice, on a hard drive, to reach its final destination that is a hybrid digital canvas, a boundary between independent cinema and contemporary art.
Empire II screen will confront us with ideas on climate change, politics of attrition, immigration, narcissism, sex, despair, loss of identity, addiction, violence, false economics, digital rape, cyber crime, space travel, pollution, death and consumerism, all coexisting amongst many concurrentthemes. Focused on our present, The Age of Anxiety, whilst turning madness into metaphysics, artists respond and demonstrate their feelings, thoughts and objections to the post truth world incumbent in lies and power struggles.
This temporary digital archive and its narrative of collection and recollection, its ability to exhibit, move and travel at high speed to any corner of the planet , defines EMPIRE II as philosophical and social space of transient, ephemeral nature. Akin to story of Maxim Gorky, a Russian airplane designed in 1933/34 by Victor Tupolev at the time when future was socialist, it was the biggest airplane in the world with a wing span about the same as a Boeing 747. A flying beast of Soviet propaganda, it had many fancy features, for example a rotary press that could turn out 10000 copies an hour, a darkroom lab for developing aerial photos, a working radio station but also and most importantly a Library and a fully functioning Cinema with a Screen that could unfold on the ground and was big enough for near 10000 people to see clearly.
Films of the 21st Century show us brain-worlds, brain-cities and architectures of the mind. We no longer look through characters eyes and we no longer need big cinema screens; we experience their minds. This new emerging visual aesthetic is our future present and our present future compressed in data factors and algorithms. Is it also the end of the cinema as we know it?
Empire II will have its prelaunch RSVP party on Tuesday 18th April during Brussels Art Week in complicity of Frederic de Goldschmidt and John Adams. Artists will occupy a marvellous semi derelict 18th Century building in the old Fish Market and create a multiscreen experience across three floors. This event is followed by a panel discussion and talk on EMPIRE II, in association with Poppositons Art Fair, The Office of Curating & Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk. The panel willfeature curator Vanya Balogh and participating artists with a short film screening, live on Thursday 20th April 6.30pm until 8pm, ING Art Center, Brussels.
Empire ll will equally host a number of intermediate events during Venice Biennale with and including participating artists, filmmakers and critical speakers in form of presentations, special evening screenings and outdoor projections across Venice, talks and group discussions related to film, technology, science and art.
EMPIRE II @ 57th Venice Biennale
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