Curated Artcast Series
living the life of a nomad; wandering.
The Nomadic Space project is dedicated to the idea of displaying moving image art in private and public spaces, departing from the traditional way of presenting art. The programs will be distributed to several locations internationally, and through this, channel a way to reach a wider audience.
Nomadic Space is curated by Daniela Arriado, and is a collaboration between NIIO and Art Republic.
The first curated series presents programs addressing the relation between nature, perception and ecology. In Native Strangers, artists explore the relationship between the human being and nature. The Boundaries of Perception addresses different layers, and modes of interpretation of time. Transitions presents art works created in the meeting between art and science, that are inspired by mystic and scientific approaches, and that through this journey highlights the beauty of critical transitions.
Ulu Braun (DE) / Tone Bordam (NO) / Irene Cruz (SP) / Christiane Geoffroy (FR) / Ori Gersht (UK) / Gary & Jason Greenberg (US) / Iselin Linstad Hauge (NO) / Dana Levy (ISR) / Chrischa Venus Oswald (DE) / Carlotta Piccinini (IT) / Nicolas Rupcich (CL) / Noah Shulman (US) / Ubermorgen (AUS) / Levi van Veluw (NL) and more.
Darkness yields to light, death yields to life; Israeli-born artist Dana Levy’s The Wake is a meditation on duality. Shot in the Entomology Department at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Levy released 100 monarch butterflies into the darkened corridors of department’s collections. Carefully mounted, preserved, and categorized specimens create a haunting stillness that is disrupted by an almost dreamlike awakening of butterflies on cases, drawers, and cabinets. Soon the entire collection seems to slowly return to life with movement and fight. The Wake explores subjects such as order and chaos, life and death, memory and nostalgia, archives, history, man’s relationship with nature, and dynamic reawakening. The stillness of the collection’s corridors bears silent witness to the passage of time: “A new life enters where one has left”. The ephemeral lives of these fragile insects come to represent our own inherent fragility, our desire to control and to be free, to fnd order and beauty in the chaos.
In “EDF” the Chilean Patagonian landscapes from the “Torres del Paine National Park” are the main protagonists. As the video develops the images are slowly been deleted. The intervention consists in a “monumental black block" that literally blocks the landscape images. What we finally see is similar to the logic of the “fade to black” transition, the difference here is that not only the two-dimensional image fades to black, but also the topography is gradually covered.
One of the main ideas in the project is the problem of digital representation, in the context of what some people calls the “post-photography era”, where the images are no longer a representation of reality, but a way of reality itself. The annulation of the geography in the screen is an effort for making a simple visual but symbolically strong intervention that make us aware of the instability of the representational surface.
The Foreignness of Her
Iselin Linstad Hauge
The Foreignness of Her consists of text and moving images, that show a waterbuck calf trapped inside a structure of high concrete walls. The calf shifts between standing completely still to walking back and forth, as if trying to find a way out, while the camera follows her every move closely. The walls are all too high, and there seems to be no exit. She gets increasingly restless while examining their height. The Foreignness of Her speaks of human self-knowledge and our relation to living beings, other than our selfs. It is about the potential understanding of something familiar that lies within the emotional closeness with the animal.
The sea angel has a poetic emblem of the struggle against rising acid levels in the oceans. Sea angels (scientific name: Clione limacina) are only a few centimeters long. Their bodies are transparent, from the orange-red of the digestive apparatus. Arctic ice cap and drift with the current. These fragile-looking creatures "fly" through the water. They are extremely beautiful and delicately elegant. Their existence is enigmatic. They can go almost without food. Until they reach adulthood, Cliones, live with a shell and with their main source of food, Limacina hezlicina. They are directly affected by the acidification of the oceans caused by high levels of CO2 of anthropic origin. The decreasing pH of water prevents calcium from setting, causing the shells of animals to become soft and making them vulnerable by hampering their growth.
ENACTION #1 - Water
Enaction#1 is an audiovisual narration. It is the staging of an organic form that produces its own world through the perception and movements of its own body. Fluids connects the organic form to the environment. The organism questions the environment both by delimiting it as liquid space and sound: sensory and motility define a world that becomes real only when it is lived. The living form is an actual element and narrated in all of the mutations assumed through the shooting of each evolutionary phase obtained by exploiting principles of physics (non-Newtonian fluids) and chemistry. The fragments of liquid bodies narrate the organic form’s life experience. Its own changes define the sound field and become sound themselves –the result of long field recordings, recordings of an organ and digital synthesis. Enaction#1’s sequencing of selected colors represents the different ages of organic form which constantly regenerate and every phase of life that closes prelude to the next one. In Enaction#1 the organic form has been created using both non-Newtonian fluids - fluids that change their resistance depending on the applied force stimulated by inaudible frequencies and material elements that change shape depending on water temperatures. The final result is a digital modulation of a process “analogical” to its origin. Each organic and material shapes shown in the films are the result of the shooting of existing organisms. Any forms were not created digitally.
Chrischa Venus Oswald
THE WORLD is a video-loop humorously reflecting on the dichotomy of man & nature as well as dealing with the restrictions of the nature of human beings that man wants to overcome while knowing that in some way we´re puppets on a string regarding physical restraints. A landscape of trees is the stage and backdrop for this drama of lights and darks that is only revealed in its body of fun.
In the video Coral, we are captivated as viewers by what can best be described as a moving abstract painting with allusions to both traditional romantic, atmospheric paintings and chemical processes. With seductive imagery in a meditative pace, we are faced with cascades of colours that slowly appear to assume the shape of organic forms such as plants, smoke, clouds, explosions or, as the title suggests, corals.
Paintings in motion
Inspired by science and our experience of forms in nature, Tone Bjordam has for many years been working with video and photography projects visualising the movement and progression of liquid colour in fluids and unfolding organic forms.
She stages controlled, yet playful experiments and creates imaginary landscapes and paintings in motion. She started using this technique as a student at the Art Academy in Oslo (2001-2007). Her first exhibited video with this technique was Liquid Landscape in 2005. A dark and gloomy landscape appears from the horizon and a cloudy weather system seems to build up around it. From there she moved on to make big format photographs of different liquids and in 2009, she made a video entitled Coral. In contrast to the dark, black and white, Liquid Landscape, Coral is bright and colourful. Coral won the People's Choice Award in all of the Carnegie Art Award exhibitions in 2010 in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
There is always movement, even in stillness. Things around us are constantly changing in tiny ways that we don’t notice, eventually building up to growth and death. In “Confluence,” a new film by director Noah Shulman, viewers look beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing to experience those moments in between the transformations that we perceive. Noah Shulman shot an array of processes both natural and mechanical at incredibly close range and in a controlled environment, allowing to isolate the micro-movements that constantly occur around us in a nearly balletic way. The film includes extreme close-ups of everything from magnetic to chemical and heat reactions, but it’s up to the viewer to extrapolate out from what they can see to imagine the larger view that they can’t. Created with specialty macro lenses and microscopes and shot in 4K resolution, the film reveals hauntingly beautiful movement at the microscopic level and reminds viewers that everything around them is in flux, even when the surface is calm. Tiny movements compound upon each other to create perceptible change. The film is part of Mental Fabrications, an installation by architect Ion Popian that aims to map the mind's mental landscape through electroencephalogram (EEG) and 3D printing. To do that, “Confluence” seeks to stimulate particular brain activities and reactions.
Brief synopsis: The silence is the biggest power that exists, although this one is invisible. Because everything what exists there are partial aspects of the silence. Everything what exists is generated in what does not exist, in what it does not appear. To open to the silence is to open to the entire, unconditional potential. To explain this I base on a reflection: To compose music, there is so necessary the sound, like the silence.
Director and founder of Art Republic, a platform dedicated to digital art and public space. Her work explores new curatorial approaches towards expanded borders of cinematic experiences and the audio-visual: the origin and vision behind the ongoing Screen City Biennial, which she founded in 2013. This approach has also fueled her work on projects concerning urban screens and online streaming platforms for video art and animation, aiming to pave new waves for the distribution and dissemination of the moving image to the public. She is a curatorial advisor for several organizations, galleries and fairs. Arriado is a member of PNEK - Production Network for Electronic Arts, Norway, and The Norwegian Association of Curators. Based in Berlin.
Dana Levy was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives and works in New York. She earned her MA in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee, Scotland and her BA from Camberwell Art College London where she concentrated on moving image. Her work has been screened and exhibited in venues such as Tate London, Tribeca Film Festival, Wexner Center of Art, Johannes Vogt Gallery NYC, Bass Museum, FL Invisible Exports Gallery NYC, MOCA Cleveland, Israel Museum, Harn Museum FL, and Neuberger Museum in NY, Screen City Biennial Stavanger, the Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena and EVA International Biannual Ireland. She has had solo shows including at The Israel Museum 2015, Petach Tikva Museum of Art 2014, CCA Tel Aviv in 2012, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in 2010. In 2017 she received the City of Budapest Talent Award, in 2013 the Beatrice Kolliner Artist Award, In 2010 the Dumbo Arts Festival best studio award, in 2008 Young Israeli Artist Award, and in 2006 Hamburg Short Film festival jury award. She participated in many residencies such as AIRIE Everglades, Wave Hill Workspace, LMCC Workspace, Le Havre Regards-Croisés, Art Omi, I-Park, and Triangle Arts Association NY.
Nicolás Rupcich (1981, Santiago, Chile) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. Received his BFA from the Universidad Finis Terrae and his MA from the Universidad de Chile. Between 2013-2015 he did his Meisterschüler studies in Medienkunst at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. He has exhibited his works mainly in solo and group shows, but also in international video and new media festivals, such as: FILE Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. Transmediale, Berlín, Germany. Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain, among others. Some of his recent grants and awards: DAAD Scholarship 2012-2015. 1st place in photography prize granted by Galería Patricia Ready, 2014. 2nd prize at FIVA international video festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015.
Iselin Linstad Hauge
Iselin Linstad Hauge (b.1981) works with film, text, photography and performance. Her work aims to develop a more sensitive awareness, highlighting the relationship between society and nature, with emphasis on the human-animal interaction. Hauge’s work has been exhibited at film festivals and galleries around the world, including Nordic Outbreak in N.Y., Hors Pistes at Centre Pompidou Paris, Moscow International Film Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo. Hauge was educated at the European Film College in Denmark, the National Academy of Arts in Oslo, and the masters program in film at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. She has since 2009 been co-editor and publisher of the nordic art publication Spesial Nord.
Ever since her first works in the 1990 ‘s, Geoffroy has focused on the natural aspect of life: genes, DNA, the mechanisms of reproduction, sperm, etc. Geoffroy’s interest in life forms, the bios, is total : the life of plants, animal development, genetic research, the state of the cosmos and the mechanics of black holes. The perspective is threefold. It is cognitive: a proponent of experimental art, which opens the frontiers of meaning, the artist learns as she creates. It is aesthetic: even life forms that seem to have little aesthetic potential can be used to produce images that prompt awareness.
Carlotta Piccinini (1979) is an Italian documentary filmmaker, author and video artist since 2008. She has always worked in a transversal way, moving from creative documentary, video art, interactive art up to her recent experiences in the field of fiction. She directed documentaries, experimental movies, fiction movie, music video, social advertising and commercials and she worked for TV documentary productions as author. Since 2010 she is a member of Elenfant Film, film production company based in Bologna, Italy. “Enaction” (2013 - current, 3 films x 10 mins; contemporary video art) - is a cross over video art project in three acts, that integrates art and science, focused on the interplay between visual and sound, enhanced by the use of new technologies to develop new stylist and narrative codes. It won the Celeste Prize for contemporary Art in Italy (2014) and it was presented in several festivals and museums, including the Schusev State Museum of Architecture (Moscow), File Festival (São Paulo, Brazil) Ende Tymes 1V// Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation (New York, USA), and European festival Listening Cities (Lyon, France), CANCAN Exhibition - LemoArt Gallery (Berlin, Germany), FILMIDEO – 12th Annual Film and Video Screenings (Newark, USA), Videomedeja (Novi Sad, Serbia). In 2015 she was selected as video artist to exhibit for the worldwide project UNESCO Creative Cities Network (B-Seite Festival-Mannheim, Germany). “El Hijo de Fatima” (2017, 12 mins; fiction) is her first fiction film as director and author. The film was part of the 6 episodes Web-series “13.11” a fiction project about global citizenship and human rights education in six European countries: Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Latvia.
Chrischa Venus Oswald
Chrischa Venus Oswald (*1984, Germany) studied Fine Arts at the University of Art and Design in Linz/Austria. In 2007 she received the Diesel New Art Award Austria for photography. She is a multidisciplinary artist and poet whose work has been screened and exhibited internationally, in festivals, group and solo shows. Her videos are also included in the video collection of Manuel de Santaren. Oswald´s work is very interested in relationships, forms of communication as well as the human condition/existential issues and thresholds of emotions and behaviour. She is often, but not solely, working with photography and video with works based on performative or narrative concepts tied to personal experiences, myth(ology) and specific knowledge or stories she comes across through research. She is also curious to switch between the position as performer and observer. Besides her visual artwork Oswald has continually been cultivating a literary practice in different languages (mostly in German, English and lately also in Portuguese). Her poems often preserve fleeting moments and sensual observations or serve as a kind of condensed diary, sometimes narrative, sometimes more encrypted. Recently her writing practice is influencing or becoming part of her visual work in a more direct way, too.
Norwegian artist Tone Bjordam makes projects related to nature, perception and ecology. Bjordam works with video, animation films, nature photography, abstract and nature-inspired paintings, intricate, detailed drawings and sculpture installations. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, and exhibits artwork internationally. Bjordam’s art, which takes the form of videos, animation films, nature photography, abstract paintings, intricate drawings, and geometric sculptures–goes where science alone cannot. Her art has the unique power to engage viewers empathically and aesthetically in a way that often simulates meaningful experiences with the natural world.
Noah Shulman is a New York City born artist and creative filmmaker. He has a BFA in Film, Video and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked with commercial clients as diverse as Vox Media, Nike, Ford, Vogue, Coach and Samsung and has won several awards for his work including a Digiday Video Award for Best Video Ad.
Noah’s musical roots give him a unique sense of rhythm which he applies to his creative process. He is passionate about short form storytelling, native advertising and experimenting with innovative ways to create and deliver video content in the ever-changing digital space.
I was born in Madrid in 1987, and have been based in Berlin for the last 5 years. I earned a Dual Degree on Advertisement & Public Relations and Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Consequently I got a International Masters Degree in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation, alongside a specialized course on Cinematography at EFTI School in Madrid. An avid traveller, I have professionally pursued photography for the last 8 years in different disciplines: video-art, cinematography, VJ and exhibitions. I have been awarded several accolades: AENA de Fotografía, Fototalentos de la Fundación Banco Santander, Premio Iberdrola de Fotografía … and I have exhibited my artworks in different art spaces, galleries, art fairs and festivals worldwide, among which we can highlight: ARCO, Art Madrid, Palais de Tokio (Paris), IVAM (Valencia), Da2 (Salamanca) MIA Milan, Scope (Miami), Project Art Space (NYC), Galería Óscar Román (Mexico)... I combine my personal projects with other more commercially oriented such as working at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin creating Video-Art Pieces, and teaching at private photography schools and universities like UAL (London), Freie Universität (Berlin), Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid)… As cinematographer I have worked mostly in Music videos, short documentaries, commercials and last year I debuted as a DoP of my first feature film, “Diana”, directed by Alejo Moreno, which was premiered during the last edition of Festival de Cine de Málaga.