November 16 – December 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 7–9PM
Closing Reception: Friday, December 7, 7-10PM
*The subject is a battlefield.
Michael Poetschko presents Zona, an on-going narrative multi-channel video project at Open Source Gallery.
А как же мы вернемся?
Здесь не возвращаются…
An errant cartography.
A missing establishing shot.
A voice yet inaudible in the air.
Zona (Fragment I).
Zona is a narrative multi-channel video project which approaches the complex corpus of city|contemporaneity through different perspectives, methods, stories, and optics. With an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes adaptivity, coarticulation and temporality of processes, Poetschko spins a cinematic-philosophical web to contend with the biopolitical dimensions of cities, localities/temporalities and our agency therein. Taking the form of a cinematic essay, Fragment I follows a photographer and a young philosophy student in their searching movements in-between “the fractures and folds of the spatio-temporal fabric of the contemporary city” – between promises and possibilities, accesses and exclusions, images and words.
Fragment I started with a rereading of Andrei Tarkovsky and the brothers Strugacky’s concept of the zone, as depicted in their late 1970s science fiction script Сталкер (Stalker). Poetschko suggests that the zone* — a structure outside and closed off in Сталкер — has now entered the very heart of the urban fabric. He aims to explore the precarity and porosity of this space(- time), as “an immanent part of the city, our bodies and desires.”
*Poetschko writes: “When we speak of the zone (Zona, the city), we understand it as an open, migrational and organic system; an assemblage of real, imaginary and mnemonic spaces; a place of promises, encounters, desires and control; a product and projection of bodies; a set of dispositifs and a space of creation of subjectivity; Where can we find traces of structural change, signs of life and possibilities of resistance within this new urban fabric?”
The project will be presented in stages of development throughout the three weeks of the exhibition, during which time Poetschko will continue editing on site and screening iterations of the work. The production of this project utilizes experimental ways of working together with an exchange of skills and knowledge outside of the commercial section.
Zona (Fragment I).
60 minutes (var.) | synchronized 3-channel video | stereo sound | german/english (with english subtitles)
Detailed statement | Zona
Video stills from Zona (Fragment I, 2011).
Image courtesy the artist.
Zona (Fragment I) was conceived for and first shown in an early stage at the Rules of Play exhibition at Tin Sheds Gallery Sydney in 2011. Thanks to all collaborators and supporters | Credits
We have to find a language,
for us, for our possible shared futures.
Michael Poetschko (Berlin/Vienna) explores narratives of living/working/travelling/resisting within a post-fordist and transnational reality, working with experimental forms of filmmaking, photography and writing. Poetschko studied Fine Art, Film/Video and Cultural Studies in Vienna, London and Berlin and is co-founder of the art and research platform d/v.
He is currently a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP in New York City.
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