Total Body Conditioning
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to a film screening to coincide with the "Private Settings. Art after the Internet" exhibition.
Who holds the rights to the body and its representation in public space and within contemporary visual culture - the body as an object and a brand, undergoing constant manipulation, subject to self-creation regimens and disciplined by technological mediation on screen?
In search of new models for representing and transgressing the body in the face of the dematerialization of the medium of film and ever-more-potent digital technology, the participating artists pose questions concerning their place in culture, history and the visual codification.
I am the Mouth II - most recent animation by Agnieszka Polska, inspired by the "Not I" drama by Samuel Beckett is based on scientific descriptions of soundwaves transferred through different kinds of matter. In Polska’s work, a mouth half-immersed in water is the “voice of the work of art”, and the viewer’s body is the transmitter. In her film Polska utilizes techniques characteristic of an internet phenomena ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response), whose participants record and watch films causing a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation known as "brain massage".
The noble endeavour, a home-made “bodyless” porn film shot by Jesse Darling with no third-party involvement.
Rigged - a brand new film by Kate Cooper investigating the agency of the computer generated female within the glossy aesthetics of consumer capitalism.
Intensive care/Hot new track, a video-essay of post-colonial criticism in collage form by artist and writer Hannah Black drawing on the relationship between Rihanna and Chris Brown.
Poetry Reading in Columbine Cafeteria with Gazlene Membrane, the latest digital animation by Bunny Rogers. Here, the artist assumes the role of the antisocial American cartoon icon Gaz Membrane to recite her poetry against a backdrop of the Columbine High School cafeteria, the site of one of the most horrific school shootings in the history of the United States.
Grey matter and Young money, a feminist analysis of possible online narratives on the subjects of race and sex filtered through Jennifer Chan’s hip-hop swag.
Salad Zone, Sarah Abu Abdullah’s disarrayed diary of everyday life in Saudi Arabia darts from domestic tensions and fantasies of going to Japan to more cryptic performances enacted in the malls and apartments she has called home.