This two-part, online only, film program runs parallel to Cauleen Smith’s solo exhibition, Bronze Icebergs, currently on view at Kunstverein. It expands on the artist’s own interests and filmic oeuvre, touching upon topics and methodologies by kindred-spirited filmmakers and finding itself in latent friction with a selection of archival material from the collection of Eye Filmmuseum.
This second part of the program will run on an endless loop until December 23 and dives deeper into Smith’s use of Afrofuturism and highlights the artists’ interest in both real and imagined spaces and territories that transcend the everyday. Alongside Smith’s filmic explorations of the power of speculative thinking and the fantastic, the artist, in close conversation with us, selected a number of works by contemporary makers who share her perspectives.
“Afrofuturism, for me, is about speculating on the potentiality of what is known about technology and physics to create metaphors that allow me to explore an African diasporic past and generate possible narratives for the future…Afrofuturism is also a rumination on memories to which I have no access. My investment in it as a production strategy has run its course; Afrofuturism provides a way to investigate trauma very explicitly.”—Cauleen Smith
For their support to The Distance Between Slits and Screen we wish to thank all the artists, Simona Monizza, Leenke Ripmeester, Marente Bloemheuvel and the team of the Eye Filmmuseum collection, who kindly co-organised this with us.
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