Sharjah Art Foundation Film Screening - future past perfect by Carsten Nicolai
Sharjah Art Foundation will be screening future past perfect by Carsten Nicolai
this Friday, 22nd November 2013 in Sharjah
in the lovely open air
future past perfect consists of four short films made over the past few years. This will be quite an an experience to watch on the big screen in the open air cinema.
(Also make sure you don't miss the
on Saturday, 23rd November 2013.)
Carsten Nicolai, future past perfect pt. 01 (sononda), 2010, hd short movie on blu ray disc, 07mins 28secs | Courtesy of Galerie EIGEN + ART and The Pace Gallery
sononda is the first part of the short film series future past perfect and was originally recorded in 2006. The series whose single fragments are supposed to be parts of a larger scale film project is designed as a row of conceptually independent movies that document Nicolai’s focus of interest of the respective year of origin and also builds up on the results of the movie(s) before.
Despite sononda's visual quality seems artificial at times, it was shot in a natural environment. The focus is directed on the sculptural quality of light. The correspondence of both music - with its low frequency modulations and merging soundscapes - and light play on the curved surfaces of the sculptural stone formations create an ever-changing atmosphere of concrete and abstract appearances.
Carsten Nicolai, future past perfect pt. 02 (cité radieuse), 2010, hd short movie on blu ray disc, 07mins 43secs | Courtesy of Galerie EIGEN + ART and The Pace Gallery
In a short cinematic essay, the second part of the series of short movies called future past perfect illustrates the issue of the individual that is brought into line with a vertically organised social structure. Shot at le corbusier's unité d'habitation in nantes (also called cité radieuse), the film concentrates on the modular system applied for the residential building which finds its expression down into the smallest details of design: doors, windows, taps, door handles, light switches, etc. constitute the inhabitants living space through their standardised forms.
The cinematic result is a combination of consecutive sequences of single images and tracking shots of various details inside the apartments and on the hallways of the apartment block. Thereby, both the different benchmarks of standardised production are correlated and the reciprocity of the built-up environment with the inhabitants individual appropriation are examined.
Carsten Nicolai, future past perfect pt. 03 (u_08-1), 2009, hd short movie on blu ray disc, 03mins 43secs | Courtesy of Galerie EIGEN + ART and The Pace Gallery
Conceived as the third part of the series under the name future past perfect, the short film introduces a narrative story that was inspired by a fascination for automation processes as well as his work on codes and grids that materialized in his record alva noto . unitxt in 2008. The series itself started in 2006 and is designed as a row of conceptually independent movies that document nicolai’s focus of interest of the respective year of origin and also builds up on the results of the movie(s) before.
A quiet autumn night in tokyo. A man stops his car at a shop front with a number of vending machines to get a last drink of tea on his way home. He inserts a coin, but instead of the usual procedure, the machine starts performing its own peculiar performance.
Conceived as the fourth part of the series under the name future past perfect, the fourth short film of the row is the result of a long-term fascination with clouds, their movements, structure/texture, and their potentially infinite variety of forms. Shot from the plane on various trips, the sequences of cloud imagery are edited and collaged in different ways to match the diverse qualities of constitution and behaviour of clouds.
The short movie especially focussed on so-called stratus clouds, a category of clouds that usually appears rather flat, hazy and featureless. Their visual quality as seen from above may imply micro and macro structures at the same time thus potentially deceives the viewer's perception.
Date: Friday, 23rd October 2013 at 7.30pm