Artists-in-Residence Studio Film Screening
A series of four film screenings organised by Lucy Moore and Liang Luscombe, running on consecutive Sundays in March and April, at 3.30pm in Studio Two
Programme One: Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957)
Guest-curated by Gemma Ward
13 March at 3.30pm in Studio Two at PICA
An aged professor – introverted and emotionally cold – makes a journey to collect a university award and en route relives his past through recollection, dreams and imagination. Borg emerges purged, if not wholly changed from this confrontation with self. The theme of the film, incarnated in the successive generations of the Borgs, is death-in-life, emotional-spiritual atrophy. It has been compared with King Lear and Strindberg’s Dream Play and, structurally, with a Bach fugue. Wild strawberries are a Swedish symbol for the emergence of spring, the rebirth of life.
Gemma Ward is an actress and model from Perth. She is currently rehearsing The Ugly One, a play by Marius von Mayenburg. The Ugly One will run at the State Theatre Centre in Perth from 18 March to 9 April 2011.
Programme Two: Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970)
Guest-curated by Daniel Bourke
20 March at 3.30pm in Studio Two at PICA
Seen as an attack on American capitalism and a defence of student revolt, Zabriskie Point was widely derided for its ineptitude in terms of narrative and social commentary. A revisionist view places The Red Desert,, Blowup and Zabriskie Point as key transitional works in Antonioni’s experimentation with film narrative. While Antonioni’s continuing concerns with death and the search for self-identity are evident here, Zabriskie Point is also notable for its formal audacity. Any sense of character subjectivity, conventionally at the centre of film narrative, finally dissolves at the end of the film, as we see Antonioni viewing the fiction from the outside in a scene that has achieved iconic status in cinematic history.
Daniel Bourke is a Perth based artist who has recent group exhibitions include Plan A, Breadbox Gallery, Perth, Friends, TCB Inc. Melbourne and Solo Exhibition at Poetry Club, Perth. He also established BENCHPRESS, a print studio, with Claire Wohlnick.
Programme Three: The Studio as Non-Place
Curated by Lucy Moore
27 March at 3.30pm in Studio Two at PICA
Five films by London-based artists Zayne Armstrong, Jason Dungan, Lydia Gifford, Ian Law and Maria Zahle, exploring the fluidity of the studio space and activities carried out in relation to it.
Maria Zahle, Circling, 2009
Jason Dungan, Spruce Toccatas, 2010
Lydia Gifford, Circle, 2010
Ian Law, Speculate, 2009
Zayne Armstrong, Re-Made ‘Slow Motion’, 2009
Lucy Moore is a current artist-in-residence at PICA.
Programme Four: Expanded Cinema One: Camera-Less Films
Guest-curated by Sohan Hayes
3 April at 3.30pm in Studio Two at PICA
A range of classic experimental film in addition to Sohan Hayes own work that seeks to expand the cinematic language by exploring the possibilities of using alternative methods of exposing the image.
Stan Brackhage, Mothlight, 1963
Stan Brackhage, Dog Star Man, 1961-4
John Stehur, Cybernetik 5.3, 1968
Lillian Schwarz, Pixillation, 1970
Sohan Hayes & Bob Richards, PaperScans, 2000-11
Oskar Fischinger, Radio Dynamics, 1942
Sam Landels & Sohan Hayes, Rubberneck, 2000
Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award-winning animator and visual artist who works across media. Over the past decade has created an enormous amount of work in many formats including installations, computer games, augmented reality applications for the mobile phone, poster designs, public art sculptures, films, projections for theatre and still photography.