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MARATHON SCREENINGS is a series of salon-style film & video presentations that invites international and LA-based artists to share their work and engage in meaningful dialogue. The program includes films that range from short, conceptual videos to feature-length experimental documentaries, in addition to performances and lectures. The films discuss issues surrounding individual identity, representation, and historical consciousness in a shifting geopolitical landscape.

Note from the Curator: What began as an intimate gathering in my living room has since grown to include a roving series hosted by art-loving individuals in their homes, nonprofit art spaces, and now Zoom. The series was born from a casual conversation and a desire to give video art the platform it deserves. It has since grown to accommodate a growing appetite for presenting talented and challenging work in a non-hierarchical environment. With an emphasis on engaged, organic conversations, the screenings took place around a communal dinner, and plenty of wine. While Covid-19 has removed this wonderful feature, it has since introduced a new opportunity to connect with moderators and participants from all over the world. I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person, but until then let’s savor this sliver lining and consider what we can do to make this world a more welcoming and safe home for everyone. Happy New Year!  

The series is produced by LA-based curator Asha Bukojemsky. BIO here

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Keren Cytter
Fashions, 2019, 30:56 min
In collaboration with Syndicate

Conversation led by Bologna-based critic and curator Antonio Grulli 

Fashions (2019) stages a theatrical fable amongst roommates in a German aparment. The film dramatizes the compression of symbolism and history through a tale of complacency, human commodity and the genesis of contemporary neofascism.

90’s free-market fever indoctrinated adolescents to the manic content creation of the 2010’s. Relevance decisively conquered the concept of truth. Today, humanity’s most grievous flaws frolic together in digital rehabilitation. Terrors implanted throughout popular culture as unlockable achievement badges of value, luxury, and success.

Fashions was first commissioned by Nicolaus Schafhausen for ‘Tell me about yesterday tomorrow’ at the NS-Dokumentationszentrum München in late 2019.

Listen to the conversation below:

Keren Cytter (Tel Aviv 1977) creates films, video installations, and drawings that represent social realities through experimental modes of storytelling. Characterised by a non-linear, cyclical logic Cytter’s films consist of multiple layers of images; conversation; monologue, and narration systematically composed to undermine linguistic conventions and traditional interpretation schemata. Recalling amateur home movies and video diaries, these montages of impressions, memories, and imaginings are poetic and self-referential in composition. In addition to her video and performance work, Cytter is also a critically acclaimed writer: she has published five novels. Selected solo exhibitions of Cytter’s work include Museion, Bolzano (2019); SCHLOSS, Oslo (2017); Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2015), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2014); Tate Modern Oil Tanks, London (2012), Avalanche, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011).

Antonio Grulli (La Spezia 1979) is an art critic and independent curator based in Bologna, where he is in charge of the collection and activities of contemporary art at Palazzo Bentivoglio. Grulli’s projects are centered on contemporary art criticism and focus on spoken language, round tables, lectures and dialogues, held in both private and public institutions. He has curated solo and group exhibitions at venues including: MAMbo (Bologna), Viafarini (Milano), Museo di Castelvecchio (Verona), Galleria Francesca Minini (Milano), Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milano), Galleria De Foscherari (Bologna), Galleria P420 (Bologna), Galleria Tiziana Di Caro (Napoli), 3+1 Gallery (Lisbon) and project spaces Neon Cambobase (Bologna) and Codalunga (Vittorio Veneto). He has written for Flash Art, Mousse Magazine, Cura Magazine, ATP Diary, Artribune, Boite, Exibart, and Arte e Critica. Grulli has collaborated with Keren Cytter for more than ten years. They co-curated the festival The First Morning Fest of Unreasonable Acts (held in Bologna in 2018) and co-wrote the book Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Diary, published in 2018 by Humboldt Books (Milan).

Syndicate is a liquid institution directed by JL Murtaugh (Chicago 1983). It originated in London as a series of three-day projects from 2012. Syndicate occupied a permanent space in Cologne from 2016-2017. Today, it assumes varied forms worldwide through writing, exhibitions and events.