TRINH T. MINH-HA—FILMS, the artist’s first institutional exhibition in Asia and the final presentation at NTU CCA Singapore’s current space, is on view through the end of the month.
Featuring six of her films—Forgetting Vietnam (2015), Night Passage (2004), The FourthDimension (2001), A Tale of Love(1995), Shoot for the Contents (1991), and the new work What about China?(Part I of II, 2020–21)—the show is complemented by the adjoining exhibition Trinh T. Minh-ha—Writings.
TRINH T. MINH-HA—FILMS is curated by Ute Meta Bauer. See link below for details.
What’s happening in Chile (and in Hong Kong, Ecuador, etc.) is truly terrifying, and it may be a preview of what awaits people around the world, unless we wake up fast to defend our democratic rights! The art community will be affected fully by what happens to the whole of society, during and after an uprising of this order.
The beauty of this movement is that it feels as an awakening expressed in joyful and peaceful massive protests emerging in every corner. They respond to the hidden pain under the monstrous inequity of the system (Chile has the biggest disparity between rich and poor in the world). The people have named it “Chile despertó.” (Chile awoke). Yet, the President has declared an unconstitutional “State of exception” that suspends rights and floods the streets with armed soldiers and [is] unleashing a new form of state violence, illegal detentions, and shootings. The number of people dead is growing, and so far there is no accountability. It all comes down to the circulation of information: the media controlled by the private sector only shows vandalism, to spread fear. But the people are posting counter images: multiple video clips on the Internet that open the question: is this vandalism a “set up”? You see what looks like undercover policemen descending from fancy cars, setting banks on fire. You see crowds shouting: “the police are burning the subway stations.” So, this is beyond fake news, it is faking reality, in order to exert control.
What can art, and the art world, do in Chile and beyond? Spread awareness of the violence that distorts information, language, and images, the “tools” of our trade. The art world can stand for transparency to empower our ability to discern purpose and intent. Otherwise the mad destruction of the land and people’s rights, along with the right to question what is true as it is happening in Chile, will continue to spread like wildfire to all nations. — Cecilia Vicuña
This week at the Wattis Institute, Vicuña presents three of her short films—El veroir comenzó/Seehearing began, Rito porel Mapocho, and the video poem Word-Snakes.
The event includes an online conversation with Vicuña and Daniel Borzutzky. See link below for details.
Gladstone Gallery presents LAND OF DREAMS, a new body of work by Shirin Neshat.
Comprised of more than 100 photographs and a two-channel film installation, LAND OFDREAMS marks a significant visual and conceptual shift for the artist, who has turned her lens to the landscape and people of the American West. For this exhibition, Neshat will present the entire collection of photographs from this series as well as both films, which will be complemented by an online viewing room and virtual screenings throughout the show’s run.*
The year is 1978. Punk rock has captured the imagination of the world, but another group of musicians has taken a different path into the world of machine-driven electronica. The new film LE CHOC DU FUTUR—the directorial debut of Marc Collin, co-founder of the band Nouvelle Vague—explores the birth of a scene through the eyes and ears of a young woman in Paris.
Housesitting for a producer and availing herself of the wall of synthesizers in his apartment, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky)—a commercial jinglest and budding composer—works to create a new music-sans-musicians, what she calls “a dance for oscillators,” a layering process the film considers with lovely, unhurried detail. She dreams of leaving behind the old rock venues, “stinking of beer and piss,” and communing with nature in a mass gathering.
LE CHOC DU FUTUR features music by Throbbing Gristle, Human League, Julie London, Aksak Maboul, Jean-Michel Jarre, Suicide, and Clara Luciani—who co-stars—and is dedicated to the female pioneers of electronic music, among them Clara Rockmore, Wendy Carlos, DaphneOram, Delia Derbyshire, Eliane Radigue, Laurie Spiegel, SuzanneCiani, Johanna Beyer, Charlotte “Bebe” Barron, Pauline Oliveros, Else Marie Pade, and Beatriz Ferreyra.