From: Gary Thomas (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 24 2010 - 23:43:08 PDT
Travelogue, a new film by Finnish artist Jani that we (Animate Projects) commissioned with Camden Arts Centre in London is now online. And I think it's beautiful.
And our online magazine APEngine has some new stuff you might be interested in, including interviews with a couple of curators -
Vassily Bourikas from Thessaloniki Film Festival
and Edwin Carels from Rotterdam
Newly posted interviews with Andrew Kotting and Candice Breitz too.
If you've got any thoughts in response to these, or anything else on APEngine..please do use the comment facility!
Shot on 16mm, the eight-minute film was shot on location at Camden Arts Centre. A moving panorama unravels, but its blank white screen reveals nothing, and subtitled texts from a variety of historical and contemporary sources allude to London - a city only glimpsed from the window as the camera pans the rows of empty seats, for an audience that has not arrived.
Ruscica deconstructs the idea of the travelogue itself as romanticised history, factual document and idealised experience. Travelogue reflects on the nature of displacement and cultural difference, and in asking how much we can ever know of an ‘other’ place, implicates the idea of ‘artist’s residency’ and the sometimes tension between the need for space, time and isolation to create work, and the desire to engage and connect.
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