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Out of Blue, 2002 (still). Writer/Director/Producer Zarina Bhimji. Commissioned and produced by Documenta 11. Super 16mm Colour film transferred to DVD. Sound, 24 mins 25 sec.
  Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), 2000 (still). 35mm film, color, sound. 2 hours, 52 minutes. Courtesy of Igloolik Isuma Productions. Langlands and Bell, The House of Osama bin Laden Suite: The House of Osama bin Laden, 2003 (still). Interactive digital animation/projection (PAL). Infinite duration. Edition of 3+2 AP. Courtesy of the artists and V/Space LAB, London.

Out of Blue, 2002 (still). Writer/Director/Producer Zarina Bhimji. Commissioned and produced by Documenta 11. Super 16mm Colour film transferred to DVD. Sound, 24 mins 25 sec.

 

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Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), 2000 (still). 35mm film, color, sound. 2 hours, 52 minutes. Courtesy of Igloolik Isuma Productions.

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Langlands and Bell, The House of Osama bin Laden Suite: The House of Osama bin Laden, 2003 (still). Interactive digital animation/projection (PAL). Infinite duration. Edition of 3+2 AP. Courtesy of the artists and V/Space LAB, London.

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Experiments with Truth

December 4, 2004–March 12, 2005

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 3, 2004
5:30-9:30 p.m.



Guest Curator: Mark Nash

As an ever growing number of artists incorporate film and video into their practice, the moving image has become an increasingly common presence within the art galleryArtists' films and videos have greatly influenced current discourse surrounding the moving image as they experiment with modes of filmmaking. Through this experimentation, the distinctions between narrative, avant-garde and documentary filmmaking have become blurred, as has the way viewers experience film and video. Experiments with Truth explores the relationship between these overlapping modes of cinema as filmmakers present their films in a gallery space and visual artists experiment with film traditions. Artists represented in Experiments with Truth include Zarina Bhimji (Germany/UK); Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy); Igloolik Isuma Productions (Canada); Isaac Julien (UK); Amar Kanwar (India); Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell (UK); Glenn Ligon (USA); Multiplicity (Multi-national cooperative); Ulrike Ottinger (Germany); Pere Portabella (Spain); Liisa Roberts (Finland/Russia); Ezequiel Suarez Gonzalez (Cuba); and Francesco Vezzoli (Italy).

FWM enlisted the conceptual and technical consultation of visionary architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, as well as Paul Kuranko, Media Arts Specialist at the Guggenheim Museum, and Lyn Rice of Open Office. These consultants assisted in designing experimental spaces between gallery and theater that balance the conceptual and practical demands of each artist's installation.

Philadelphia organizations such as International House, Scribe Video Center, the Media Arts Department of the University of the Arts, the Cinema Studies Program and the PennDesign MFA Department of the University of Pennsylvania will worked with Nash to integrate FWM's project into their programs, offering film screenings, lectures, and supplementary events. These offsite programs provided a comparison between the audience's experience of the traditional cinematic experience and that of the gallery exhibition.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.