CINEMA 2.0 Media Art Exhibition: The Phantom Machine

9/3 – 29/3 | 12nn – 8pm | Pao Galleries | Free Admission | Opening on 9/3 6:30pm
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CINEMA 2.0 at ifva aspires to push the cinematic form in order to explore its new creative frontiers. This year’s “CINEMA 2.0: The Phantom Machine” will focus on cinema’s unique role as a practical archival medium and a symbolic time machine. The exhibition will feature four innovative works that use sound, sight, smell and more in bringing about reflections on the intertwining relationships among media technology, history and temporality.

When happenings come at a speed that human memory can no longer grasp and retain, we human beings have developed phonography, photography and cinema to record and represent what once happened. Cinema resembles a time machine that captures and crystalises a certain moment, or even allows the viewer to go back to the past. The four artworks in the exhibition, possessing certain cinematic qualities, resist the passage of time each in its own way like cinema.

Ip Yuk-yiu

Featured Artists:
Polymorf (The Netherlands)
Phil Solomon (United States)
Verena Friedrich (Germany)

Famous Deaths (2014) Famous Deaths (2014)
Famous Deaths is an innovative way of documentary storytelling where you experience intimate moments as smell tableau in first person perspective. As you are being shoved into one of the two mortuary freezers that make up the Famous Deaths installation, you enter a reconstruction of the final moments of famous celebrities including Lady Diana and Vincent van Gogh by means of sound and scent.

American Falls (2010)
Phil Solomon
American Falls is an immersive triptych film installation that can transform the gallery into a panoramic and artistic journey through the catacylsms of American history, and an elegy to the film medium that welcomes a new era of mixed media. Combining chemically degraded film images with computer editing precision, Solomon’s piece recasts the Niagara Falls as both a metaphoric landscape and audio-visual backdrop to American history.

Conception, Direction, and Editing – Phil Solomon
Sound Design – Wrick Wolff, with additional sound design by Robert Rich and Phil Solomon
5.1 and stereo mixes – Wrick Wolff
Alchemy – Phil Solomon, Jessica Betz, and Katie Konrad
Optical Printing – Phil Solomon and Jessie Marek
Technical Advisor – Christopher Osborn

(Photo Courtesy: Victor S. Brigola)
Verena Friedrich
THE LONG NOW aims at extending the life span of a soap bubble. A machinery generates a bubble, sends it to a chamber with a controlled atmosphere and keeps it there in suspension for as long as possible. The project is presented in the form of an experimental set-up in which the newly created soap bubble oscillates permanently between fragility and stability.

THE LONG NOW (2015) was realised within the framework of EMARE Move On at OBORO’s New Media Lab, Montréal, and a residency at Rustines|Lab, Perte de Signal, Montréal. With the support of the Culture 2013 Programme of the European Commission, the Goethe Institut, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and FACT.

(Photo Courtesy: Miha Fras)
Verena Friedrich
The installation VANITAS MACHINE addresses the desire for eternal life and the potential of life-prolonging measures. Based on a candle which – by means of technical intervention – burns down very slowly, VANITAS MACHINE creates a contemporary analogy to the endeavour of prolonging the human lifespan with the help of science and technology.

11/3 | 4 – 5pm | Curator Guided Tour and Artist Sharing
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Curator Ip Yuk-yiu will lead the guided tour and share with visitors his curatorial concepts. Verena Friedrich from Germany will also be present to talk about her works.