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5. Level Five Blue Screen #3 Anouchka Oler
6. Level Five Blue Screen #3 Anouchka Oler

In the Blue Screen programs we dive deeper into the practice of a specific visual artist working with video or film. In conversation with the invited artist, Chloé Malcotti and Emma van der Put react on the work with a selection of short films by other filmmakers. The invited artist then proposes a next guest for the following program. In this way, the selection of the artists in focus derives from a dialogue with the previous guests and is thereby aspiring to create new encounters within different art scenes.

This evening we will look into the videos and performances of Anouchka Oler. Her work can be seen as desperate attempts to affect and understand the Other. Taking the shape of a magic show, stand-up comedy routine and experimental philosophy, Oler’s joyous practice consists in composing a community of interdependent beings, who all seem to be going through some sort of perpetual existential crisis. The spectator is invited to take part in speculative narratives, discussing topics such as affects, collective living, experimental ways of life, material environment and their interactions. Humans, sculptures and objects are given the rare opportunity to examine these topics both on the surface and in depth.

First we will start with Anouchka Oler’s work ‘Episode 2’ (2014) in which we see a group of decorative or utilitarian sculptures contesting, questioning or refusing the functions that are normally assigned to them. The film considers their usefulness not only from a functional, but also from a social standpoint, to the extent that the objects play specific roles for the person that exploits them. In the second part of the evening Anouchka Oler will present her new performance film ‘All Insure, All Unsure’ (2020), a conversation between Lucky and Drama More : Lucky is a Leo, Scorpio rising with a Capricorn moon, Drama More is a Taurus Gemini Cancer. Their conflicting birth charts bring Drama and Lucky to have a divergent conversation regarding doubt, leading to contemplations and digressions which are opening up a way to tell other stories.

In dialogue with the work of Anouchka Oler, we will connect two short films by Martha Rosler and Segundo de Chomón.

3. Level Five Blue Screen #2 Toon Fibbe
4. Level Five Blue Screen #2 Toon Fibbe

In the Blue Screen programs we dive deeper into the practice of a specific visual artist working with video or film. In conversation with the invited artist, Chloé Malcotti and Emma van der Put react on the work with a selection of short films by other filmmakers. The invited artist then proposes a next guest for the following program. In this way, the selection of the artists in focus derives from a dialogue with the previous guests and is thereby aspiring to create new encounters within different art scenes.

We started our series with artist Graham Kelly, who was then invited to propose a next guest. Graham Kelly hereby invited Toon Fibbe. The driving force of Toon Fibbe’s practice lies in the thinking, writing, acting and enacting of characters. It is this activity that spawns objects, texts, videos and performances. His work deals with the metaphors -bodily and ghostly metaphors in particular -that are employed to understand economic processes, currently and throughout history. It departs from the idea that political economy has always shared an affinity with the ghostly, visible for instance in a metaphor like the invisible hand of Adam Smith.

For this second Blue Screen evening Toon Fibbe will give us an insight in his practice through his work ‘FINANCE//BODY//HORROR’ an audio-visual presentation dealing with ghostly monstrous and bodily metaphors employed to understand finance – showing us how finance not only structures our lives, but moves through us, shapes and transforms us while it is slicing and dicing us into subjects for financial gain.

Next to that, Fibbe’s installation ‘Pantomime of Spirits’ will be on view, giving us a tour through a decaying 3d model of the now inoperative building of the Brussels Stock exchange. A building that could no longer meet the requirements of the current digitatized stock market. The soundtrack consists of Ferhat Oz singing live stock market data by using an application that I programmed. As we listen to his body amplifying live stock market data, he moves through the different spaces of the building, his voice and market data resonating against the lavish symbols of a now defunct stock market building. The camera follows his presence through the 3d model, Ferhat’s body producing the sound however remains absent.

We will connect two short films by Julien Prévieux and Beny Wagner, to speak in dialogue with the work of Toon Fibbe

Level Five Blue Screen #1 Graham Kelly
2. Level Five Blue Screen #1 Graham Kelly

In the Blue Screen programs we dive deeper into the practice of a specific visual artist working with video or film. In conversation with the invited artist, Chloé Malcotti and Emma van der Put react on the work with a selection of short films by other filmmakers. The invited artist then proposes a next guest for the following program. In this way, the selection of the artists in focus derives from a dialogue with the previous guests and is thereby aspiring to create new encounters within different art scenes.

We open this series with the work of Graham Kelly, by screening his recent film Hello Joe (2018), that he covertly produced overnight in a series of rented Airbnb accommodations. The film is constructed entirely from elements found and filmed within a number of private homes that he accessed through the online service. Domestic spaces are merged together in this portrait of an emerging corporate territory within the declining value of privacy.

As a follow up to ‘Hello Joe’ Graham Kelly will talk about his work in progress ‘Highly Recommended’ (working title), which is an ongoing project that utilises the online freelance digital labour service Upwork. For this new work he is simultaneously taking the roles of both client and editor, commissioning Upwork users from various fields of CG audiovisual production (screenwriters, voiceover actors, sound designers, 3D modellers and animators) to produce content based on their personal memories.This delegation of digital labour across multiple continents intends to expose and analyse the complexities of the loosely-regulated globalised gig economy and the pitfalls for the individuals within it.

We will connect two short films of Deborah Stratman and Corinna Schnitt in dialogue with the work of Graham Kelly.

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