In her films, Dara Friedman explores the charged boundaries between the public and private spheres, working with musicians, dancers, actors, and students who she casts less on a role than on their ability to embody their own interests. These experimental collaborations fit the artist's desire to use her work as a means to uncover communicating and thinking with the body.
On the 2nd of February at 4 and 6 pm within a special screening event accompanying her current exhibition "Temple Door" we will present three more works by Dara Friedman: L☿ver (2018), Dancer (2011) and PLAY Pt.1 (2013).
L☿ver (2018) 35mm film and HD-video, 6 Min.
"L☿ver", as common in Friedmans films, is not an unfolding narrative. It creates a synesthesia, an experience of a dream to access the shamanic vision of an ur-mensch: a Phallic Woman. The construction of the images, the cutting and their montage, the forms, colors and sound as well as the movements and bodies create rather a situation. With the camera Friedman simultaneously searches for and captures the merging of male and female principles.
Dancer (2011) Super 16mm film transferred to HD-video, 25 Min.
Dancers of all stripes improvise movement through the city streets of Miami. A poetic dialogue evolves between individual movement, the bodies and the cityscape. The camera movement reacts to the movements of the dancers, the dancers react to the camera leading the audience from the position of the passive observer to that of the fellow dancer.
The question asked was: what moves you?
PLAY Pt. 1 (2013) Super 8mm film and HD-video, 30 Min.
Set in Los Angeles, 18 couples develop and play out scenes of intimacy. The poetic, intense and humorous situations grow intuitively from a process of improvised theatrical games developed for this purpose. With this work, Friedman explores the actors’ ability to receive and transmit projected desires while exposing theatrical and cinematic devices with Brechtian pleasure.
Parallel event in Harburg:
Open Sunday at Sammlung Falckenberg
Sunday, 2 February 2020, 12 am - 5 pm
Current exhibition: INSTALLATIONS FROM 25 YEARS OF THE FALCKENBERG COLLECTION
Public guided tours at 1 and 3 pm (German) as well as 4 pm (English)
(Guided tours included in ticket: regular 10,- €, reduced 6,- €)
Wilstorfer Str. 71, Hamburg-Harburg