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David Gryn: Sound and Vision

In Alimantado, Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Fair, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Film, keren cytter, Miami, Miami Beach, Uncategorized, Wilhelm Sasnal on 24/11/2016 at 11:50 am

Returning to curate the Art Basel Miami Beach Film program for a sixth year, David Gryn explains why music has inspired his choices, and how audiences can catch a glimpse of the ‘Best Dressed Chicken in Town’.

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Each year, as evening darkens the skies over Art Basel Miami Beach, visitors gather on the lawns of SoundScape Park to experience video works from some of the world’s most exciting artists. Sharing picnics, drinks, or simply being absorbed by art, they sit beneath the towering 7,000 square foot projection wall of the New World Center as it displays a program of films carefully chosen by curator David Gryn.

“My selections are quite instinctive,” says Gryn. “I am often attracted by artworks that affect me like music does; a thud in my chest, reverberations through my body, tingles down my neck and spine.” Fittingly then, music is the theme of this year’s program. “As [the New World Center is] a concert venue, music is inherent to the place we show the work and contextually it has a strong resonance. Asking galleries to submit films which engage with music in some way felt like a natural choice.”

Through this year’s theme, Gryn hopes to create a larger-than-life show to excite and engage the broadest possible audience. “Music is something universal. When you have dialogue in a certain language, you often exclude people outside it. Music, like art, crosses that divide – a sort of abstract language that has its own voice and says something about the human condition.”

Be enveloped by art

The program includes a set of 28 short films screened under the title Best Dressed Chicken in Town. “This was named after the 1970s reggae track by Doctor Alimantado, which has long inspired me. The idea behind it was to combine artworks using music and sound which, over the program’s two hour span, swell to a crescendo,” Gryn explains. And though he will not be drawn on a favorite this year (“I picked them, so they’re all my favorites!”), he singles out Terrorist of Love by Keren Cytter as being a film which never fails to make him smile, while Wilhelm Sasnal’s Kiss is “utterly wonderful.”

In addition to the screening of films, this year also heralds the third edition of Surround Sound, a specially commissioned program of sound works designed to take full advantage of SoundScape Park’s 160 speaker surround sound system. “I view my role as that of a facilitator. I aim to serve the artwork, the artist, and the gallery well by presenting pieces which will have the most resonance with the audience in the setting that we have.”

The communal act of experiencing art in this way is something special, says Gryn. “You get a sense of excitement, something you can palpably feel. You really do see an audience being enveloped by art. That’s what this platform achieves – and it encourages galleries, their artists, and a wider audience to take time with mediums that often don’t get much of a look in at events like this. There’s not another experience quite like it in the context of an art fair. Period.”

 

Taken from an Art Basel Interview https://www.artbasel.com/post/detail/2653
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Sadie Coles HQ and Artprojx invite to Wilhelm Sasnal’s FALLOUT screening

In Art, Artprojx, Cinema, Culture, David Gryn, Entertainment, Fallout, Film, Film and Video, Film and Video Umbrella, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, London, Performance, Prince Charles Cinema, Sadie Coles, Screenings, Shooting People, Stuart Comer, Tate Modern, Video, Video Art, Wilhelm Sasnal on 07/10/2010 at 8:22 am
You are invited to
FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
Sadie Coles HQ
in association with Artprojx presents …
the world premiere of
FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
Special screening during the week of the Frieze Art Fair
Friday 15 October 2010 at 10.30am
at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square
WC2H 7BY
Quote from the first screening:
“One of the most shattering experiences I’ve had at a cinema, it had a physical effect on me.  Not one moment of relief, totally remorseless. If the point was about daily life in the former Warsaw pact nations, and surely it was, then it made its point with a power I haven’t ever seen articulated so well. Stepping outside afterwards, the light was not only a relief but a surprise. Anyway, an experience I’ll remember for a while.”

 

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema

PRESS RELEASE …

FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
The world premiere screenings of a new film by Wilhelm Sasnal, 70 minutes, Poland, 2010, in Polish with English subtitles.
this is the brief moment after the disaster
when they crawl out of their holes

Sadie Coles HQ in association with Artprojx is delighted to announce a series of screenings of Fallout, the second feature film by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, at the West End’s Prince Charles Cinema in October. Set in an unidentified region of Poland, Fallout glimpses at the decimated existences of men and women in the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. The largely nameless characters inhabit a wasteland of  junk-strewn garages and drab apartment blocks – locked in a listless waiting game that recalls the dramas of Samuel Beckett. Only the ghosts of human dynamics survive, fraught with undercurrents of sexual suspicion and decay. Men address each other using sardonic epithets – ‘Mr Bad’ or ‘Mr Kiddo’; and they observe and follow each other with ambiguous intent.Sasnal holds his characters at arm’s length, undercutting our instincts about them as their desperate interrelationships shift and expire, to form an acute and unnerving picture of personal and social degeneration.

Wilhelm Sasnal has emerged in the last decade as one of Europe’s most celebrated figurative painters as well as a prolific maker of short films shot on 8mm or 16mm camera. Fallout demonstrates his engagement with Polish avant-garde cinema from the 1940s works of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson to the punk music videos of the 1970s. In particular, the film foregrounds the relationship between picture and sound: its discordant, tremulous soundtrack merges with interior noises while mirroring the phases of wobbly footage shot on a handheld camera. As in Sasnal’s short films, the influences of music video and poststructuralist cinema combine to evoke ‘personal cinema’ – the privately produced short films which proliferated among Polish artists during the Communist regime, and which often overlaid the banal details of life with whimsical fantasies. A painterly sensibility furthermore threads through the film, which echoes the off-kilter angles, minute observations and mundane subjects of Sasnal’s canvases.
The characters of Fallout find parallels to their dystopian world in stories and dreams: ‘Mr Bad’ speaks of Siparis, the sole survivor of a volcanic eruption, while a doctor relates how she has been “dreaming of mice lately, young and old, all sick”. Fallout is itself a social fable in the mould of Orwell. Its nightmarish world, where memories, whether individual or collective, are suspended, and words themselves have disappeared – furnishes an allegory for the Polish Communist regime’s assaults on individual freedom, as well as the identity crises, personal and national, of the post-Communist era.
Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, and lives and works in Krakow. In 2009-2010, he had retrospectives at K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany and Centro De Arte Contemporàneo, Málaga, Spain. Major solo shows include Wilhelm Sasnal, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, 2010; Years of Struggle at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2007; Matrix, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA, 2005; Wilhelm Sasnal, The Locker Plant, Marfa (TX), USA; Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 2003.

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Sadie Coles HQ and Artprojx present FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal

In Art, Artprojx, Cinema, David Gryn, Film, Film and Video, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, London, Prince Charles Cinema, Sadie Coles, Screenings, Stuart Comer, Tate Modern, Video, Video Art, Wilhelm Sasnal on 07/09/2010 at 1:51 pm

Sadie Coles HQ

in association with Artprojx, presents

FALLOUT

by

Wilhelm Sasnal

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square
WC2H 7BY

www.princecharlescinema.com

Free performances during the week of the Frieze Art Fair.

Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15 October 2010 at 10.30am

There is a Special Breakfast screening with Wilhelm Sasnal on Tuesday 12 October from 10 am and a Q&A with Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern

Numbers limited to all screenings, RSVP required to reserve your seat/s:
rsvp@sadiecoles.com or +44 [0] 20 7493 8611

www.sadiecoles.com

FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal

PRESS RELEASE …

FALLOUT

The World premiere of a new film by Wilhelm Sasnal, 70 minutes, Poland, 2010, in Polish with English subtitles. 35mm.

this is the brief moment after the disaster

when they crawl out of their holes

Sadie Coles HQ in association with Artprojx is delighted to announce a series of screenings of Fallout, the second feature film by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, at the West End’s Prince Charles Cinema in October. Set in an unidentified region of Poland, Fallout glimpses at the decimated existences of men and women in the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. The largely nameless characters inhabit a wasteland of  junk-strewn garages and drab apartment blocks – locked in a listless waiting game that recalls the dramas of Samuel Beckett. Only the ghosts of human dynamics survive, fraught with undercurrents of sexual suspicion and decay. Men address each other using sardonic epithets – ‘Mr Bad’ or ‘Mr Kiddo’; and they observe and follow each other with ambiguous intent.Sasnal holds his characters at arm’s length, undercutting our instincts about them as their desperate interrelationships shift and expire, to form an acute and unnerving picture of personal and social degeneration.

Wilhelm Sasnal has emerged in the last decade as one of Europe’s most celebrated figurative painters as well as a prolific maker of short films shot on 8mm or 16mm camera. Fallout demonstrates his engagement with Polish avant-garde cinema from the 1940s works of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson to the punk music videos of the 1970s. In particular, the film foregrounds the relationship between picture and sound: its discordant, tremulous soundtrack merges with interior noises while mirroring the phases of wobbly footage shot on a handheld camera. As in Sasnal’s short films, the influences of music video and poststructuralist cinema combine to evoke ‘personal cinema’ – the privately produced short films which proliferated among Polish artists during the Communist regime, and which often overlaid the banal details of life with whimsical fantasies. A painterly sensibility furthermore threads through the film, which echoes the off-kilter angles, minute observations and mundane subjects of Sasnal’s canvases.

The characters of Fallout find parallels to their dystopian world in stories and dreams: ‘Mr Bad’ speaks of Siparis, the sole survivor of a volcanic eruption, while a doctor relates how she has been “dreaming of mice lately, young and old, all sick”. Fallout is itself a social fable in the mould of Orwell. Its nightmarish world, where memories, whether individual or collective, are suspended, and words themselves have disappeared – furnishes an allegory for the Polish Communist regime’s assaults on individual freedom, as well as the identity crises, personal and national, of the post-Communist era.

Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, and lives and works in Krakow. In 2009-2010, he had retrospectives at K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany and Centro De Arte Contemporàneo, Málaga, Spain. Major solo shows include Wilhelm Sasnal, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, 2010; Years of Struggle at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2007; Matrix, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA, 2005; Wilhelm Sasnal, The Locker Plant, Marfa (TX), USA; Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 2003.

www.artprojx.com