HEAR ME: VOICES OF THE EPIDEMIC—an original, sound-based installation in recognition of World AIDS Day—and the online conversation series A Time To Listen mark the forty years since the United StatesCenters for Disease Control’s first reports about the emergence of the disease.
Wolfgang Tillmans, Between Bridges, and several dozen international artists have joined together to sell posters to benefit art spaces, nightclubs, music venues, and bars at risk of closing for good because of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Participating artists in the 2020 Solidarity project include Nicole Eisenman, Heji Shin, Carrie Mae Weems, Gillian Wearing, Betty Tompkins, Marlene Dumas, Christopher Wool, Jacolby Satterwhite, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Ruff, Elizabeth Peyton, Thao Nguyen Phan, Mark Leckey, Ralf Marsault, Heino Muller, Andreas Gursky, Spyros Rennt, Anne Imhof, Ebecho Muslimova, Piotr Nathan, Ming Wong, David Lindert, Heike-Karin Föll, Luc Tuymans, Stefan Fähler, Sabelo Mlangeni, Simon Denny, Melanie Bonajo, Karol Radziszewski, Karl Holmqvist, Özgür Kar, Claire Nicole Egan, Bobby Glew, Stewart Uoo, Felipe Baeza, Jochen Lempert, Seth Price, Tomma Abts, Wade Guyton, Peter Berlin, and David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren.
I’m getting closer to the coast and realize how much I hate arriving at a destination. Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom. — David Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives
The passage from Wojnarowicz’s “memoir of disintegration”—inscribed onscreen two-thirds of the way through END OFTHE CENTURY, the remarkable debut by writer and director Lucio Castro—suggests a directive for both the film’s characters and its audience as we parse distinctions between imagination and reality, dream reunions and deathless regret.
Marked by a fluidity that sets the present against a non-objective past, the film is a mysterious evocation of a passionate fling and its possible reminiscence—Ocho (Juan Barberini) and Javi (Ramón Pujol), both traveling for work, meet as strangers in Barcelona… but what happens next? Javi’s “Kiss” T-shirt—which functions, in a Lacanian sense, not unlike the small blue box in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive—may offer a clue.
END OF THE CENTURY / FIN DE SIGLO (2019, Argentina)—co-starring Mía Maestro as Sonia—won Best Film at the Buenos Aires Film Festival and Best First Film at Frameline in San Francisco.
Join the director for opening weekend Q & A’s at the Nuart. (See link below for details.)
“In 1983, BenNeill moved from Ohio to New York City. What was going on at the time in music was a very free improvisatory kind of style, a way of fusing different elements together through oppositions and similarities. The result was rather superficial. Ben was more interested in isolating some elements in order to produce a kind of deep resonance keeping each element separate, unexpected, untimely, a kind of creative chaos, in which the pieces clashed and resonated in the distance without ever being pinned down logically. It was the aesthetic of the collage. This is what attracted Ben to David Wojnarowicz’s work.
“With David you always got the feeling that the pieces weren’t randomly chosen; they made some kind of underlying structure that held the pieces together. There was something in his visual work that Ben was trying to do in a musical sense, putting together styles from different historical periods and contemporary forms, but always with the idea of creating some kind of larger by-product. It was very profound. So he called up David and he suggested that they do a collaborative piece at the Kitchen with him. And this was ITSOFOMO [In the Shadow of ForwardMotion].
“In 1946 Antonin Artaud recorded a radio version of his famous text To Have Done with theJudgment of God. Directed by Artaud himself, this remarkable recording set shrieks and drumbeats inspired by the Tarahumara Indians against Artaud’s reading of a text about the mid-century American technology of war. War in a test tube, as the Virus of the Invisible, a destruction that is accomplished without bodily contact, spreading as seamlessly as the dream-transmission of primitive plagues.
“Fifty years later we are plagued by the invisible violence of a technology so accelerated that human life has come to a standstill. A globe cut up into cities of dead time. The texts that Wojnarowicz reads are an antidote to abstraction. Passionate, grounded, and dead precise, these texts violently reclaim the body by forcing us to experience the visceral reality of space and time. Set against Neill’s delicate, composed mutantrumpet, percussion, interactive electronics, and South American ethno-music, ITSOFOMO‘s forward motion becomes a battle to reclaim the organism of life.” — Sylvére Lotringer*
This weekend, Wojnarowicz and Neill’s multimedia performance piece ITSOFOMO will be restaged and performed by Neill and Don Yallech at KW Berlin.
Following a screening of DAVID WOJNAROWICZ—A CONVERSATION WITH SYLVÈRE LOTRINGER AND MARION SCEMAMA, Lotringer and AmyScholder will join Hedi ElKholti for a conversation about Scemama’s film and Wojnarowicz’s life and work.*
The film intercuts footage from Lotringer‘s extensive 1989 interview with Wojnarowicz—itself filmed by Scemama—with documents from the artist’s estate and papers, and Scemama’s personal archives.