Virtual Reality installation CARNE y ARENA

From 15 June to 27 August 2018, EYE Film Institute Netherlands will present the virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) by director Alejandro González Iñárritu. During the summer the installation will run in Amsterdam as part of EYE’s Xtended series, which focuses on debate-sparking virtual reality projects by filmmakers and artists. […]

Whose perspective is this? A few thoughts on Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s Studies on the Ecology of Drama

Since the early 1990s, Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila has been considered a master of the split-screen installation form. Her large-scale, multi-channel cinematic works create specific perceptual situations, while investigating the construction of audiovisual discourses and testing potentialities and limits of cinematic narration. In her works, Ahtila challenges cinema’s conventions of single-channel storytelling, using multiple screens […]

Reaching out!: Activating space in the art of Olafur Eliasson

Heading for the exhibition’s main hall, I finally reach a series of rooms where the floors have been covered with rock and gravel. I am hesitant at first, lingering by the doorpost before I tentatively step out onto the otherwise empty riverbed landscape. The experience is bewildering in all its simplicity. Making my way through […]

Archival gambits in recent art: What can an image do?

by Anik Fournier Living Tomorrow (2005) by the artist Linda Wallace is a three-channel, database-driven installation. The artwork’s database consists of sequences taken from the American soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful, as well as images of surveillance cameras, Dutch landscapes, and Muslim veils. The images are all subjected to a kaleidoscopic effect that […]

‘Non Non Non’ – Visiting the exhibition with Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi

Non-political, non-aesthetic, non-educational, non-progressive, non-cooperative, non-ethical, non-coherent: contemporary. It is after this list of negations that Hangar Bicocca in Milan decided to name Non Non Non, the first Italian retrospective dedicated to Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s installations. Taken from a watercolour by the artists and placed at the entrance of the exhibition space, […]

‘The Abramović Method’, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (March-June 2012)

The observer must become a participant, because that is the only way he can have the double experience of being the observer, and being the observed. – Marina Abramović[1] I made an advance booking in order to participate in Marina Abramović’s ‘performance’, to experience first-hand The Abramović Method: the special project the famous Serbian artist […]

‘The Last Ray of the Dying Sun’: Tacita Dean’s commitment to analogue media as demonstrated through FLOH and FILM

by Caylin Smith Regarding FILM, an installation that took place from 11 October 2011 to 11 March 2012 as part of Tate Modern’s Unilever Series, the artist Tacita Dean remarks that ‘it is a platform for me to say let’s protect film’.[1] Dean’s simple, bold statement will allow me to expand upon the importance of […]