Thursday October 27th, 2016 at 9pm:
Speculative Futur with artworks by Aids 3D, Loretta Fahrenholz and Lynn Hershman Leeson.
During three evenings this fall, In extenso becomes a "Grindhouse" − those former American movie theaters dedicated to "exploitation" films screenings − to project contemporary artists movies or videos who, as many filmmakers included in this genre, play with taboos and leave a significant room for creativity and visual experimentation.
Videos or films by artists often admit a close relationship (if not belonging) with this genre (low budgets, insubordination to censorship, critical dimension, running parallel to blockbusters...) which, though misunderstood and wrongly analyzed during its heyday (the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s), has produced plethora of movies now regarded as remarkable, as much for their rich visual experimentation, musical orientation as for their off-beat or critical look on society and their counter-cultural positions.
Following the frequency of those movie theatres’ program, several films and videos will be projected each evening, one after another, based on special topics that viewers will be invited to discuss and question. Just like in those theatres, viewers will be allowed to eat and drink, and even sleep, backrooms however will be hard to consider…
While the modern era projected hopeful visions toward the future, in which mankind was brought to have technology and social interactions coexist harmoniously eventually, how artists consider the future as the XXIst century has just started? After “No Future" slogan, post-modernity and the end of grand narratives, mutation of Humanism into Posthumanism, the increased fusion of man and new technologies now that internet is everywhere, what kind of visions and imaginations still allow us to believe in the future ?
Forever Heath Death, 2009
Courtesy the artists and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Ditch Plains, 2013
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Lynn Hershman Leeson
film 35 mm
Courtesy Lynn Hershman Leeson
We would like to thank:
The artists, galleries Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler and Buchholz, the École supérieure d'art de Clermont-Métropole (ESACM), and services techniques de la ville de Clermont-Ferrand.