Seven-day film programme – curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Nikolaus Hirsch
Daily from 5 p.m. Free admission
Every day from 5 p.m. there are movie screenings at Do We Dream Under the Same Sky. The program is curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija & Nikolaus Hirsch. Se schedule below. Entrance is free
Day 1: Friday 2 June, 9 June, 16 June, 23 June, 30 June, 7 July, 14 July, 21 July, and 28 July
De Lama Lamina, Matthew Barney, 2004, 60 min.
The short film De Lama Lamina documents the artist Matthew Barney’s enormous collaborative performance art project with the musician Arto Lindsay. The opening scene of the film is the carnival in El Salvador, Brazil, where we follow the construction of an enormous off-road vehicle grabbing an artificial wood-like sculpture being created. There is a change of scene and we now follow the artist’s work and interaction with nature – a ’dome’ in the midst of a dense forest is the pivotal point of the artists’ continuous work to finish the motorised installation, now being covered by mud, fallen leaves, and vegetation.
El momento más hermoso de la guerra (The most beautiful moment of war), Adirán Villar Rojas, 2017. 55:31 min.
Using a variety of media, the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas examines the tension field between the artificial – the man-made – and the natural. The film is set in the Korean village of Yangji-ri located in a border area where tension is a natural part of everyday life for the villagers. Inspired by these precarious living conditions, the film sets out to document and examine the interrelationship of the villagers, the location, and its visitors.
Day 2: Saturday 3 June, 10 June, 17 June, 24 June, 1 July, 8 July, 15 July, 22 July, and 29 July:
Migration (Empire), Doug Aitken, 2008, 24:28 min.
The American artist Doug Aitken makes an almost surreal visualisation of the challenges emerging when the natural habitats of humans and animals collide. This film was shot at selected motel rooms in the USA. The animals in the film have been temporarily uprooted from their natural habitats and placed in motel contexts built to support human mobility. Focus is on the natural behaviour of the animals and we witness a beaver swimming around in a bath tub and the massive head of a bison knocking over furniture – all of it accompanied by intense background music.
Altered Earth, Doug Aitken, 2012, 49 min.
Altered Earth is the culmination of a total of three years of ambitious collaboration between the artist Doug Aitken and the LUMA Foundation. Via changing images and sounds, Doug Aitken portrays fragments of the landscape, salt mines, and marshes in the Camargue region in southern France. It is a video project exploring geography and ecology in a musical tale.
Day 3: Sunday 4 June, 11 June, 18 June, 25 June, 2 July, 9 July, 16 July, 23 July, and 30 July
Foreground/Background: A Day in Janet Boulton’s Garden, Zuleika Kingdon, 22:44 min.
The film is a quiet and poetic peep into the English artist Janet Boulton’s inspiring town garden in Abingdon near Oxford. The garden functions as a backcloth for many of the artist’s watercolours, and the treasures at the end of winding gravel paths are revealed to viewers.
The garden is in itself a small work of art, full of colours and symbolism – adorned with inscribed installations on various media including wood, slate, and glass, all with a reference to the artist’s life and recollections.
The Draughtsman's Contract, Peter Greenaway, 1982,104 min.
This elaborate film is set in 1694 at an English country house where a wealthy woman hires an artist to draw 12 detailed drawings of her house. The artist is reimbursed for his trouble by the intimate hospitality of the mistress of the house and the narrative of the film alternates between scenes from the boudoir and the beautiful garden whence he draws the house. With orchestrated gracefulness and precision, the director Peter Greenaway delivers the narrative as small mysterious trails planted as the narrative unfolds; viewers may draw their own conclusions.
Day 4: Monday 5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July, 10 July, 7 July, and 24 July:
The Creeping Garden, Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp, 2014, 82 min.
The film is designed as a creative and innovative documentary, exploring the small overlooked organisms living in a world just beneath our feet. Based on the fascinating qualities of slimy sponges, the film sets out to explore, quite unconventionally using robot controls and IT, how this slimy creature makes choices without having a brain, as such. The film takes us into the laboratory and out into nature in search of the small organisms in their natural habitat.
Blissfully Yours, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2002, 125 min.
The Thai film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Cannes Golden Palm (2010), Young Talent (2002), and the Jury Prize (2004). In the dramatically seductive film Blissfully Yours, viewers are not so much drawn by a clear storyline as by a distinct mood. On the sideline, we follow an emerging love story. A story unfolding over two alternating scenes in the film: the first one is set in the city where we meet the young couple and, in the second part of the film, we accompany them on a picnic to a sunny paradisiacal landscape.
Day 5: Tuesday 6 June, 13 June, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July, 11 July, 18 July, and 25 July:
Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage, Howard Sooley, 2014, 6 min.
The photographer Howard Sooley has, as part of his film series created for the global site Nowness, documented the unique atmosphere that exists at the artist Derek Jaman’s primitive country house near Dungeness in Kent, England. Unfenced, this small gem has the appearance of an underplayed man-made spot in a barren and coarse landscape. With a nuclear power station as its closest neighbour and a practically unbroken view to the far horizon, the garden blends into the surrounding landscape. Serenely, different images and various effects and tableaux from the garden are shown, all embodying a story of life as it unfolded in this place.
The Garden, Derek Jarman, 1990, 95 min.
This art film from 1990 was created by the English film director Derek Jarman whose fatal HIV-related disease became crucial to his film work and his struggle for gay rights. The film was shot in Derek Jarman’s own garden near Dungeness in Kent, England – the place where he lived until his death in 1994. With an intense soundtrack and extreme images, we follow a seemingly innocent and loving gay couple whose idealistic existence is cut short when they are arrested, humiliated, and killed.
Day 6: Wednesday 7 June, 14 June, 21 June, 28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July, and 26 July
The Boy from Mars, Philippe Parreno, 2003, 11:27 min.
The French artist Philippe Parreno (b.1964, Algeria, living and working in Paris) made this short film which evocatively document scenes from his visit to ’the land’ project in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2001, Parreno was invited by Rirkrit Tiravanija to collaborate and document the construction of a building on ’the land’. The building generates power by means of a system of pulleys activated by buffalos, and Parreno uses the power in the creation of his film. This is a film that flits between wanting to document an actual event while also orchestrating and drawing attention to the artist’s own fascination with energy, solar reflection, and ’the land’s’ utopian artists’ collective.
Lung Neaw visits his neighbours, Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2011, 154 min.
In this documentary-like film, Rirkrit Tiravanija (b.1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina) follows the former rice farmer Lung Neaw (Uncle Neaw) in his everyday chores in the northern province of Chiang Mai. Attentively and at a subdued pace, the film portrays a number of situations, e.g. neighbourly meetings, children playing by a water hole, and daily cooking activities. The relationship between the camera man Rirkrit Tiravanija and Lung Neaw is an essential feature of the filmic narrative, which caringly portrays everyday life and, in slow motion, allows viewers time and an opportunity to reflect on Lung Neaw’s simple life, but also on their own lives.
Day 7: Thursday 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July, 20 July, and 27 July
The Right Way, Fischli / Weiss, 1982-83, 50 min.
The Swiss artists’ duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss have, since they began working together in 1979, used a broad spectrum of artistic media, always maintaining a playful and experimental approach to art. The film The Right Way is about the artists dressed up as a bear and a rat, respectively, rambling through a breathtaking and unspoilt Swiss landscape. Through friendly conversation and playful and unforeseen events, we follow the two friends in their interaction with nature and each other.
Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Part I, Yang Fudong, 2003, 29:32 min.
The film director Yang Fudong has directed this critically acclaimed video work in five parts, of which this programme includes part one. Each part of the film was created between 2003 and 2007. Part 1 was shot at The Yellow Mountain, located in the Anhui province in China, a landscape which has traditionally been very significant in Chinese art history. Here we follow the protagonists, intellectual young people who experience difficulties when having to navigate in a society which has changed significantly from being tradition-bound to a society that increasingly uses the material wealth of the individual as a benchmark. Together with the filmic footage, the background music produces an almost poetic atmosphere.
Kwassa Kwassa, Tuan Andrew Nguyen & SUPERFLEX, 2015, 17 min.
This short film was produced in 2015 by the Danish artists’ collective Superflex, who, via the title and content, visualise and focus on Kwassa Kwassa – a title referring to the rickety small fishing vessels carrying migrants on a daily basis. The film is a sensitive, detailed portrayal of the challenges following in the wake of the activities undertaken by these vessels, a visual meditation on future issues such as migration, economy, citizenship, and history.