For its sixth edition at Pera Museum, Pera Film welcomed a selection from Centre Pompidou’s Hors Pistes under the title I Have the Power. The program included six artists: Barry Doupe, Redmond Enswistle, Luke Fowler, Matias Meyer, Amanda Trager, Erik Moskowitz, Eleonore Weber. The selected film and video works of these artists present an underlying theme of the social and the historical. Every artist in his or her own manner expresses and explores these main themes either allegorically, figuratively, and/or realistically. Let’s meet them:
The Colors that Combine to Make White Are Important
Barry Doupé (b. 1982 Victoria, BC) is a Vancouver based artist primarily working with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious; developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a characters’ self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles.
Monuments; Social Visions; Walk Through
Drawing on the unreliability of the filmic medium and the subjective quality of recollection, the relationship between place and memory is a theme that recurs in moving image practice. Filmmaker Redmond Entwistle (born London, 1977, lives in London and New York) homes in on these properties, demonstrating how they relate to the space of the auditorium, while also illustrating film’s historic relationship to the development of cities. Entwistle’s films create portraits of cities as both spatial entities and sites for personal testimony, by skirting around their edges or by focusing on the invisible or the implied.
The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott
Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker, and musician based in Glasgow. His work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary filmmaking, utilizing archival footage, photography, and sound. Fowler’s filmic collages have featured portraits of controversial figures including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, English composer Cornelius Cardew, and Marxist Historian E. P. Thompson. In 2008 Fowler received the inaugural Derek Jarman Award and in 2012 he was nominated for The Turner Prize. He has exhibited and shown his films internationally, with recent screenings at the Film Museum, Vienna; ICA, London; Glasgow Film Festival; and Berlin Film Festival. Selected solo exhibitions include those at The Hepworth, Wakefield (2012); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2012); CCS Bard Galleries, New York (2011); Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London (2009); and The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2009).
Los Ultimos Cristeros
Matías Meyer (b. 1979, Perpignan, France) studied film theory at the Sorbonne in Paris, and later entered the CCC (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica) in Mexico City, where he graduated as film director with his short film Verde. His mid-length feature Wadley (2008) and his feature film The Cramp (2009) were shown in Rotterdam. The Last Christeros is his second full-length feature. San Vicente de Chupaderos (2002, doc), El pasajero/The Passenger (2004, short), Verde (2006, short), Moros y cristianos/Moors and Christians (2007, doc), Wadley (2008, short), El calambre/The Cramp (2009), Los últimos cristeros/The Last Christeros (2011).
A Bit of Dirt; Cloud Cuckoo Land; The Story of Elfranko Wessels; Two Russians in the Free World
Erik Moskowitz uses the relationship between cinema space and gallery space as a point of departure for installation and film. Solo installation exhibitions include: Momenta Art, Freight and Volume, Holiday (NYC) and Le Sous Salon (Paris). Festivals include: Impakt (Netherlands), Antimatter (Canada), Oberhausen (Germany), Experimenta (India), Press Play (Carnegie Melon), Experiments in Cinema (University of New Mexico). http://www.americantrance.com/ Amanda Trager fuses painting, sculpture, and installation with first-person prose narrative. Solo exhibitions include: Momenta Art,Annika Sundvik (NYC), Clifford-Smith Gallery (Boston), and Le Sous Salon (Paris). Group shows include: Brooklyn Museum’s “Open House”, NextNext Visual Art program at BAM,White Box gallery, Feature gallery (NYC). Both live and work in NYC.
A graduate of political philosophy, Eléonore Weber developed her singular style first in the theatre, then in film. A playwright in her own right, Weber created Tu supposes un coin d’herbe in 2005, later produced at the théâtre de la Bastille in Paris in 2007, then Rendre une vie vivable n’a rien d’une question vaine at the Festival d’Avignon in July 2007. Parallel to this activity, Eléonore Weber directed a documentary, Silence dans le fortin in 2002, then Temps morts in 2005, selected for numerous festivals. Since January 2008, she has been working with Patricia Allio. Their first common project, Un inconvénient mineur sur l’échelle des valeurs, was created at the Grande Halle de la Villette.