Alienated Territories II

Alienated Territories II

Program 2
Alienated Territories II

George Afedzi-Hughes (Ghana) – Dodge West, 2014, 4:00
Alexandra Anikina (Russia) – Some Entropy in Your Tea, 2013, 8:15
Michael Gaddini (Italy) – “My TV Heart”, 2013, 7:40
Giulia Giannola (Italy) – The Lap, 12013, 3:55
Farid Hamedi (Iran) – Theatre for the Artist, 2014, 1:50
Saman Namnik (Iran) – Illusionists, 2014, 6:00
Magnus Irvin (UK) – The Flasher, 2014, 2:48
Tamim Jamshed (Ireland) – Only the Lonely, 2013, 3:48
Maria Korporal (Netherlands) – {Naked}, 2012, 4:01
Dustin Morrow (UK) – Ground London, 2013, 7:41
Valerio Murat and Antonio Poce (Italy) – Meine Meimat, 2012, 4:32
Cristina Pavesi (Italy) – Giallo, 2014, 4:00
William Pena (Colombia) – Control, 2013, 3:45
Pinina Podesta (Italy) – Sound Visionary, 2014, 3:06
Isabel Del Pulgar (Spain) – Ossum, 2014, 9:20
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Dictator. 2014, 03:47
Atom Samit (Spain) – Disappear, 2014, 3:26
Anthony Sherin (USA) – DUÆL: Lee + Man, 2014, 5:09
SinQuenza (Spain) – Exotic Shadow in a Shadow, 2013, 2.15
Hyash Tanmoy (India) – Stark Electric Jesus, 2014, 12:00

George Afedzi-Hughes (Ghana)
Dodge West, 2014, 4:00
The objective in this project is not to ‘illuminate’ additional biographies of notoriety but to shed light on alternative perceptions and formulations of the Wild West history, such as the role of assertive women, a play on the surreal or the ghostly as characters fade in and out of dream-states and the mashed-up style of representation where the inconsequential narrative becomes dominant.

The process of shooting the videos involved locations that were not transformed or repurposed. We approached each scene with prompted themes and relevant minor props but no scripted dialogues but improvised conversations. We adapted available objects, décor, weather conditions, and space on location upon which scenes were developed.

The overarching concept was to approach the subject with nonlinear plots, by emphasizing experimentation and amplifying familiar myths and facts ‘bordering’ around duels, bar fights, raids, outlaws, gambling and debauchery. Furthermore there was little or no attempt to develop an elaborate and continuous narrative but ‘vignettes’ interwoven by video editing possibilities.

Nick Butlak, Lauren Howard, George Afedzi-Hughes, Mary Johnson, Ian McCrohan
Lowell Merritt, Ruby Merritt, Brian Murchison, Jeff O’Connell, Cassandra Paul
Robert Rossi, Liz Rywelski, Dana Saylor, Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Necole Zayatz

Jeff O’Connell, Corrina Waxmann

Alex Derwick, Anthony Dimezza, Jayne Hughes

Sound Effects
David Carozzolo, Andy Krzystek, Ian McCrohan, Lowell Merritt, Ruby Merritt Julia Zimmerman

Video & Sound Editing
George Afedzi-Hughes

Special Thanks
John Jennings, Heather Kurdyla, Kara Lewis, Gary Nickard, Cassandra Paul
Nathan Paul, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Kelly Simpson, Mike Simpson, Gene Schwamberger, Anna Scime, Trey Zoupon

Originally from Ghana, George Afedzi-Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art, where I earned a BA in Art (Painting and Drawing) and an MA in Art Education. I later received an MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University. I moved to the United States in 1994 after a major solo exhibition of my works created in London were exhibited in Accra, Ghana at The Artists Alliance Gallery. Since moving to The United States, I have taught art at The University of Toledo (1997-2001), Bowling Green State University (1999-2000), The University of Oklahoma (2001-2006) and currently at SUNY at Buffalo (2006-present). My paintings, performances, and installations have been shown internationally in Germany, Portugal, England, Holland, China, Denmark, France, Nigeria, South Africa, and in Ghana.

Alexandra Anikina (Russia)
Some Entropy in Your Tea, 2013, 8:15
A story of artificial intelligence in a post-apocalyptic future devoid of human presence. The world after the world’s end. In absence of a human this entity won’t have any reference points against which it can measure its own existence. Will it then consider itself human? The only hint it has is the mass of knowledge left behind by our civilisation. Will this knowledge serve as as a memory, or will it become a trigger for madness?

Russian-born Alex Anikina is currently a student in MRes Art: Moving Image at Central Saint Martins College. Her work includes film and photography. Her main area of artistic research is the future and human relationship with knowledge, language and technological progress.
2005-2011 BA International Journalism, Moscow State University of International Relations, Moscow, Russia
2013-2015 MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London, UK

Michael Gaddini (Italy)
“My TV Heart”, 2013, 7:40
Based on the short story in the anthology “Fragments: Histories of madness and not just” short addresses the issue of tele-invasion as if it were huge and bulky “mask” that every individual unconsciously wearing thus tracing a thin line between reality and fiction.

Giulia Giannola (Italy)
The Lap, 12013, 3:55
The inspiration for the video “The Lap” comes from the observation of the rhythms, that people create with their movement patterns during their daily life in the city, and that look sometimes like choreographies. On a running field, people carry trolleys, other people walk fast and they overcome each other, others sit and wait. Like on the street, a number of people moves at the same time. According to their actions they move with different speeds and they use different running lanes that outline their speed. A runner crosses all these situations.

Giulia Giannola (b. 1985 in Naples) is an Italian artist. After finishing her Bachelor degree in Venice at the IUAV University, she moves to Berlin where she graduated as Meisterschülerin in Installation and Multimedia at the Universität der Künste, with Prof. Christiane Möbus. In her performances and videos she creates choreographies, staged situations and actions in public spaces.

Her works have been schown at:“Times and Lines” Saarandisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrucken;Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten der UdK Berlin, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin; Shiryaevo Biennial “Screen: Between Europe and Asia”, Regional Museum of Samara, Russia;Meridian|Urban”, HKW, Berlin; Phaenomenale 2010, Science and art festival, Kunstverein Wolfsburg.

Farid Hamedi (Iran)
Theatre for the Artist, 2014, 1:50
based on a true story, Rohina reflects the internal and external challenges that an artist has to meet in order to express him/herself. It reflects a young artist entrapped in a marriage with a woman suffering from mental disorders and paranoia. Confused with her own illness, she denies the art of the young artist, while she finds herself circled in the artistic expressions of his. In the meantime and in spite of all this, the artist continues his work and meets the social challenges and internal conflicts alike.
P.S. The music of the work has been composed by Farid Hamedi (Rohina). He is also the guitarist playing.

Born in 1982 in Kermanshah, Iran, Farid is a graphics artist, a director, a flamenco guitarist, an author, a critic, and a well-known cultural activist in Iran. He has authored 15 articles in credible national publications and delivered many speeches on cinema, theatre and arts in Iran. His works were awarded in many credible festivals in the world such as Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008; Paris Biennial; 2010, Golden Bee, Moscow, etc. Borderless global social and artistic concerns and issue shape his main interest. His video arts have been aired on Mezzo TV and other plausible networks.

Saman Namnik (Iran)
Illusionists, 2014, 6:00
Two friends want to go to univerty in the morning but they can’t,even though it is an important day in the university, if they wanted they could, if they could they would leave

I was born in Iran in 1989. Although I am studying software engineering, since three years ago, I have been seriously involved in film making and cinema. During this period, I have studied on the structure of narrative form and image. Fortunately I was able to produce my first film with a low budget in September 2013, and the second one with no funding (none Budget) in February 2014. The last one just has been ready for screening.

Magnus Irvin (UK)
The Flasher, 2014, 2:48

Tamim Jamshed (Ireland)
Only the Lonely, 2013, 3:48
Only the Lonely’ is a unity of spaces and moments in time which is being transferred into sequences. It has not been made from any intention of documenting the world, perhaps signifying the way of looking at the world; where love, loneliness, doubts and obsessions lies beneath in the enigmatic side of the mind.

Tamim Jamshed, graduated in Photographic Media From Griffith College of Ireland, 2013 and doing his Masters in Broadcasting Productions at Institute of Art Design and Technology at the same country.

Maria Korporal (Netherlands)
{Naked}, 2012, 4:01
The video is the fruit of an encounter between a poet and a visual artist. Along the pathway of life, they share their stories, and open up different spaces and times. The images and sounds are born of a stone, discovered in the dry grass: it takes on life in the hand of the artist. The poem was written specially for the video and is published here for the first time. { naked } — because, as poet Daìta Martinez says, stone is naked. We have only to open it for it to come out, alive.

Maria Korporal, alias Maria Felix Korporal, was born 1962 in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. She studied at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda, where she graduated with, among other things, a video installation. From 1986 to 2013 she lived in Rome. Since 2014 she has lived and
worked in Berlin. The artistic production of Maria Korporal includes video art, digital imaging, performance and installations. During the last she has worked almost exclusively with video art. Besides she is active as web- and graphic designer. Her works have been shown all over the world.

Dustin Morrow (UK)
Ground London, 2013, 7:41
My film is an experimental documentary that explores the British capital at the intersections of three types of geography: urban geography, cultural geography, and psychogeography. Its employment of a specific point-of-view, locked in photography that never gets more than three inches off the ground, along with heavy manipulation of both sound and image, exposes a London seldom examined: a city that moves poetically and with great order when observed slowly and in minute detail.

Dustin Morrow is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, programmer and educator. As a media artist, his works frequently explore the intersections of music and the moving image; and issues of and relationships between landscape/space and personal, communal and cultural identities. His short and feature films have won numerous awards and been shown in major film festivals and other venues around the world. He is currently a Professor of Film at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Valerio Murat and Antonio Poce (Italy)
Meine Meimat, 2012, 4:32
A man, maybe a composer or a painter, collecting scattered fragments of his soul.
Names, words, signs, rusty melodies emerge from a sandy memory.

Antonio Poce
Composer, visual artist, photographer and calligrapher. He gradueted with a degree in Humanities.
As a composer and video artist he was awarded in different composition competitions and video-art contests obtaining always
appreciations for the quality of his works.
He founded in 1997 the Hermes Intermedia Foundation a laboratory for the creative processes.
He is currently professor of Composition at the Conservatory of Music “Licinio Refice” in Frosinone.

Valerio Murat
Then he studied Composition and Electronic Music.
I° Prize, Gaudeamus Prize 2002, Amsterdam
I° Prize, Reading panel, IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain, 2006 Paris
I° Prize, Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electoacoustiques, Bourges 2006
I° Prize, Giga-Hertz Prize 2009, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.
ICMC 2006 International Computer Music Conference, New Orleans, selection for concert.
ICMC 2005. International Computer Music Conference, Barcelona, selection for concert.
Honorable Mention at the Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electoacoustiques, Bourges in 2005 and 2008.

Cristina Pavesi (Italy)
Giallo, 2014, 4:00
How things can change in just fifteen days. (I have hidden an object per day to still life while flowers were being dried).
The video is part of my project to revitalize the still life as a genre renewed by the time factor and the movement of the video as a medium.
Revisiting the classic genre of still life, inspired by Flemish painting and by Caravaggio’s paintings, shapes and colors are enhanced by the light contrasting with the black background. Whereas in paintings subjects are in complete stillness, in videos there is the fourth dimension, time, which gives further metaphorical depth to the image.

Cristina Pavesi was born in Milan, where she lives and works.
She completed artistic studies graduating at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan in theater design. Since 1992 she exhibited in solo and group exhibitions.
Since 2002 she has been making very short videos that have been projected in international spaces, art galleries and video festivals.
“My work, even when connected to art history through classical genres of landscape and still life, is intends in a non-descriptive, metaphorical and ironic way. The meditative sense of the passage of time is always present.”

William Pena (Colombia)
Control, 2013, 3:45
CONTROL is a question: is human being violent per nature? Are we being forced to be violent? CONTROL shows a day in the life of a man hired to create chaos

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, 1973. My first artistic aproach was in the school doing drawings. Later, at the university in Bogotá, I began to work with illustration, painting, photography, animation, and comic. my professional career started in 1996 in an advertising agency doing animations and storyboards, and later, doing graphic design in a big factory. I moved to Spain in 2000 and since then, apart from working in freelance video and design projects, i’ve made some shortfilms, collaborated with other artists in photography, animation, and performance.

Pinina Podesta (Italy)
Sound Visionary, 2014, 3:06

Isabel Del Pulgar (Spain)
Ossum, 2014, 9:20
The bone structure along the lines of the skeleton of a building , such as the underside of the underlying physical
reality . Its constitution is hard and durable and unlike inert matter bone is a living, changing formation . Build the
physical appearance of living beings , which is the physiognomy of the body.
Throughout human history has to be understood as a dual reality in regards to the mind-body . The traditional philosophical formulation means that the duality is between the body, which is public and observable , subject to physical laws , and mind or thought not subjected apparently to physical laws . In scientific formulation , which is not free of the philosophical aspect , daria duality between the brain and the mind.
Transcending the philosophical and scientific principles together with advances in neuroscience in search of answers, we want to stop on the concept proposed in this work . The osseum as conceptual representation of what is obsolete and transience of existence. In the same way
allude to its interference with the idea of our real representation. Exterior, observable Vision and lived among other bodies. The aesthetic and social constraints that attack the physical nature we Building in appearance and as a result, makes us perceive the world and helps to condition
individual behavior

Graduated in Geography and in Art Art History at the University of Granada (1991- 1996). Studied
color theory, painting, drawing, printmakingdigital art and design at the School of Arts of Granada. In 2007, starting to work with the video media, a wayto combine movements, sounds and pictorial visions. Video works are conceived as a continuous fresh, divided into series and stand-alone projects. However, conceptually, it is an introspective look at human beings and the feminine nature. Pictorial moving visions as new realities, mirrors which reflect a subjective image. SSubjectivity dependent of the individual perception, the fragile and ephemeral nature of the organizational structure that builds the body and establishes communication directly with consciousness. The body subjected to contradictory and conflicting tensions between a constructed reality that as a productive and consumptive and conscience and belief which is as a human being is
related to the environment. The idea of identity, the idea of the mirror as a metaphor for the duality and eternal question. Awareness
and knowledge, both consciously and unconsciously, the finitude, the decay ..

Ausin Sainz (Spain)
Dictator. 2014, 03:47
The Dictator is emotionally mighty, big, free, eternal. He is believed the the Almighty.
Reality has invisible borders. Hi s empire asks a strength that he is not sure have.
He knows he is fragile, small, and is accompanied, but he feels watched and questioned.
He defends his fears without overcome
Ausin Sainz: Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in: Sculpture, Painting, Graphic Design and Communication Studies,
University of Salamanca.

Atom Samit (Spain)
Disappear, 2014, 3:26
After her roommate and platonic lover abandoned him, he feels an empty inside. The emptiwness will start to manifest physically. He lost arms, voice, and legs. Prisoner in his room, nobody can help him. Finally he’ll disappear.

Licentiate in Audiovisual Studies and with an MA in Documentary, the essential work of Atom Samit (Spain) is focused on finding the essential moments in everyday life. And the work with the landscape, the objects in it, their history, and the forms it can appear. The landscape is the principal character of his films. His last short experimental documentary, Monuments on the moon, was screened in theaters and shown by television. His last work, Glogau AIR, is about the life in an artist-in-residence program in Berlin. Between these projects, Atom makes little works focused in the experimentation with digital video.

Anthony Sherin & Tabita Ververs (USA)
DUÆL: Lee + Man, 2014, 5:09
The dynamics of the stormy love affair between legendary artists Man Ray and Lee Miller are expressed through the varying rhythms of two metronomes bearing images of their eyes. When in sync the dual eyes appear as those of a single face—at other times the pendulums become swords sparring with each other. Drawing on Man Ray’s Object to be Destroyed and photographs they took of each other, DUÆL: Lee + Man captures Man Ray’s lifelong obsession with Lee Miller as it was expressed through the dozens of metronomes he created of her.

Anthony’s short film, SOLO, PIANO – NYC, was selected as one of the outstanding photo projects of today by the 2013 Look3 Festival of the Photograph and was featured in the New York Times’ Op-Docs Series. SOLO, PIANO – NYC, winner of eleven awards, is screening at festivals around the world. His documentary, ORIGINAL INTENT: The Battle for America, aired on PBS in 2009.

Anthony trained with several Academy Award winning film editors and is himself an accomplished editor. His editing credits include THE CURE (Universal), A SOLDIER’S SWEETHEART (Paramount/Showtime), and FIRST TIME FELON (HBO). He edited ONE YEAR LEASE, winner of the best short documentary award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Tabitha Vevers bio:

Tabitha Vevers has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in numerous public and private collections. She was recently honored with a mid-career retrospective, NARRATIVE BODIES, at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum and is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the George + Helen Segal Foundation. She has had painting fellowships from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Ireland), Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (Germany), Fine Arts Work Center, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture, and received her B.A. from Yale University. She is represented by Lori Bookstein Fine Art (New York, NY), Albert Merola Gallery (Provincetown, MA) and Clark Gallery (Lincoln, MA).

SinQuenza (Spain)
Exotic Shadow in a Shadow, 2013, 2.15
Copying a shadow on the wall, using water as paint.

SinQuenza uses a variety of media for his installations and interventions in public space. Painting, collage, toys, cut-outs, fluorescent lights… objects found in our natural habitat, like dry leaves and supermarket boxes. Besides those disciplines, he practices performance art. The artist’s interest lies in the production where, sometimes quietly, sometimes theatrically, the experience of reality is shifted. One of his recurring motives is the palm: an optical illusion rich in associations, between the typical windowsill decoration and an exotic nostalgia.