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Future-Past-Present: A Journey Through the Twenty-Tens So Far
Curated by Omar Kholeif | 2010 — 2016 | TRT: 02:28:16
A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere
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Martine Syms | 2015 | 25:00 | United States | English | Color | 16:9

In this work, Syms seeks to map a corrective path for the lived African American experience as portrayed in popular media.

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A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere
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Martine Syms | 2015 | 25:00 | United States | English | Color | 16:9

In this work, Syms seeks to map a corrective path for the lived African American experience as portrayed in popular media.

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O, Persecuted
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Basma Alsharif | 2014 | 11:37 | Palestine / United Kingdom | Arabic | B&W and Color | 16:9

Through the process of negotiating memory, and an archive that has been lost, Alsharif illustrates the prickly politics that bind and separate the iconography of struggle.

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I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard
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Matt Wolf | 2012 | 24:35 | United States | English | B&W and Color | 4:3

Wolf’s delicate portrait unfolds like a dream, harking back to a time that feels all too familiar today.

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Beirut Exploded Views
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Akram Zaatari | 2014 | 28:00 | Lebanon | English | Color | 16:9

Making homes out of found objects, the beautifully rendered young men in the picture move through space like sculptures that Zaatari is quietly examining through his lens.

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The Empirical Effect
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Rosa Barba | 2010 | 22:01 | Germany / Italy / Netherlands | English / Italian | Color | 16:9

The surrounding environment around the volcano becomes a mythical wonderland, interspersed here by Barba with aerial and close-up images, as well as archival footage, revealing a world that is haunted by the threat of eruption, of exposure, but which also functions as shelter to many.

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Storyteller
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Nicolas Provost | 2010 | 07:40 | Belgium | Silent | Color | 4:3

Storyteller recomposes aerial shots of the Las Vegas casino skyline, creating an undulating collage of repetitive motifs that absorbs the viewer into a hypnotic trance.

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Alone With You
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Doug Ischar | 2011 | 18:13 | United States | English | Color | 4:3

Is Doug Ischar in love with the commodity value of Mapplethorpe? His impossible need to attain a now unattainable object? As Ischar’s film unfolds, it becomes a lacerating critique of market desires and values.

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Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week
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Steve Reinke | 2016 | 14:01 | Canada / United States | English | B&W and Color | 16:9

Reinke’s film is the most recent selected here; produced in 2016, it foreshadows in cornucopic style a world that we must find a way to exit – to create spaces of unity and freedom of our own making, as banal and quotidian as that may first seem.

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How can one even start to articulate the conditions that determine the artistic output of a decade that has begun to experience such violent rupture? How does one give voice to a decade that began with the utopia of post-millennial transparency only to descend into a whirlpool of continual lies? ‘Post-truth’ is the accommodating misnomer that has been instrumentalized by news media to articulate the ‘alternative facts’ that have been propagated by the presidential campaign and policies of the newly-elected President of the United States, former reality TV star and real-estate mogul, Donald Trump.

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Dr. Omar Kholeif is the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Visiting Professor and Curator at Hunter College, New York in Fall 2016. He has curated over 100 exhibitions, commissions and special projects, including the Liverpool Biennial, the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Previously he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Senior Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester; Head of Art and Technology at Space, London; Curator at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool; Senior Editor at Ibraaz Publishing; and Artistic Director, Arab British Centre, London. Dr. Kholeif is the author and/or editor of over twenty books of criticism, poetry and fiction, including, You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Moving Image (2015), The Rumors of the World: Re-thinking Trust in the Age of the Internet (2015), and Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet (2016).

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A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere

A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere is a two-channel video that examines the politics of television viewership, incorporating footage from a number of sources to create a plurivocal narrative. 

O, Persecuted turns the act of restoring Kassem Hawal’s 1974 Palestinian Militant film Our Small Houses into a performance possible only through film. One that involves speed, bodies, and the movement of the past into a future that collides ideology with escapism.

Matt Wolf, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard

Matt Wolf returns to Joe Brainard's iconic poem I Remember (1970) in this videowork. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.

In a city post-apocalypse, young men communicate only through smart devices. They make home out of urban debris. They can’t speak to each other, but are still able to dream.

The Empirical Effect

"Living on the slopes of the volcano Vesuvius is a strange contradiction: always in stress and yet also sleepy, waiting for what might happen. In close cooperation with the Osservatorio Vesuviano and several inhabitants of the 'Red Zone' of the volcano, Rosa Barba constructs a lyrical portrait of this area, which shelters Mafia members and illegal Chinese immigrants. Historic footage, measurements, maps, and aerial shots try to capture what is always uncertain."

International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2010

Storyteller

Storyteller recomposes aerial shots from the Las Vegas casino skyline to create a slick, artificial world, reminiscent of science fiction. At first glance, the viewer might think of jewelry-like space ships floating slowly through the universe. When the camera zooms in on buildings and architecture, the detailed glitter and kitsch of the city hypnotically reveals something of pure beauty and madness.

Doug Ischar, Alone With You

At the heart of Alone With You is the notion of impassioned avarice, i.e. the kind of motivated acquisitiveness that drives both erotic desire and obsessive collecting.

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week

Welcome to David Wojnarowicz Week is the follow up to A Boy Needs a Friend. Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration.

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