Production stills of new interactive VR project

These pics are now a few months old but as the development of this VR production proceeds, publishing them seems to be an apt way to announce it. :)
These shots document the first research phase for an interactive VR experience that I am currently developing in company of three hugely talented individuals, multiple award-winner VR director Michael Beets, and the internationally renowned dancers / choreographers Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich.
The project has just started and will be produced in close collaboration with a trailblazing electronic music producer. I can’t reveal any names at the moment but remain tuned and more information will follow…

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Miraculous Trajectories – first teaser

I am thrilled to be finally able to share the first teaser of my latest production!
Miraculous Trajectories is the result of the very first collaboration between two landmark Chinese artists, the visual artist Cheng Ran and the electronic music producer Shao Yanpeng (aka Dead-J). Both artists have been blazing trails in their artistic fields for over a decade and I am humbled to be the person bringing them together for this truly extraordinary and unique A/V project.
Miraculous Trajectories is a 70-minute feature film that will be solely released as a film concert, with Shao Yanpeng’s original score performed live.
I will post more information about the film and the dates of the first events in the near future, for now enjoy the teaser.

CRACKING THE FRAME – JAAR: LAMENT OF THE IMAGES

“I want to communicate to people about certain things that are happening around us, around the world, close or far. In order to transform this information into art you have to add poetry. It’s essential.” Alfredo Jaar

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JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES
Paula Rodríguez Sickert
Chile | 2017 | 77 min

JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES is the first documentary dedicated to the influential contemporary artist Alfredo Jaar.

Jaar’s works deliver important political messages and reflect urgent current issues, such as immigration at the US-Mexico border, the genocide in Rwanda, and the coup in Chile, Jaar’s native country and where his career started.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Paula Rodríguez Sickert, the documentary is a journey through his work, revealing his ideas and sources of inspiration through interviews and through his most discussed exhibitions and installations worldwide.

The soundtrack of the film is composed by one of the most trailblazing contemporary electronic music producer Nicolas Jaar, Alfredo’s own son.

“Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images.” – Dokfest

 “Impressive.” – Screen Anarchy

Cracking the Frame

Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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KinoKonzert program launch

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After months of work behind closed curtains, it is finally time to announce this!

KinoKonzert, the new film concert program that I am curating in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Australien, has been launched!

The series takes place bi-monthly at Event Cinemas in Sydney and ACMI in Melbourne and it is also shared with some of the best music and film festivals in the country, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart and Revelation Film Festival in Perth. From September onwards the program will also be hosted by the NFSA in Camberra.

We open the program with the international premiere of CROSSROADS, a contemporary silent film directed by Berlin indie icons Alexander Hacke and Danielle De Picciotto.

The program continues in September with the premiere of electronic music producer, composer and DJ Chiara Kickdrum‘s new original score for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s landmark horror film VAMPYR.

Full calendar here:

KinoKonzert 01: Crossroads:

14 June 2018: Hobart, Dark Mofo Festival
06 July 2018: Perth, Revelation Film Festival
11 July 2018: Melbourne, ACMI
14 July 2018: Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street

KinoKonzert 02: Vampyr:

21 Sep 2018: Melbourne, ACMI
26 Sep 2018: Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street
28 Sep 2018: Canberra, NFSA

CRACKING THE FRAME – ROBERT DOISNEAU: THROUGH THE LENS

A portrait of an authentic artist. – Séquences – La Revue de Cinéma FR

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Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens
Clémentine Deroudille
France | 2016 | 83 min

Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville is the title of a 1950 picture of a couple engaged in an intimate kiss, right in the middle of Paris. It is an iconic and clichéd image of a romantic Paris that never really existed. The image became one of the most iconic images in the history of photography and it made Robert Doisneau, the photographer who took it, an instant celebrity.

There is a certain irony here, because Doisneau (1912-1994) was not interested in clichés at all. His work is mainly dedicated to the ordinary, unremarkable people you meet on the street, in the cafes and on the market – people he always displayed with great respect.

Directed by Doisneau’s granddaughter, Clémentine Deroudille, and featuring previously unreleased photographs and video archives as well as interviews with Doisneau friends and colleagues, ‘Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens’ tells the story of a humble man turned superstar photographer and a pioneer of photojournalism.

The film draws the intimate portrait of the life and work of an artist fiercely determined to be a purveyor of happiness, a man who always regarded himself as an outsider, just like many of the people he photographed.

The international press on Robert Doisneau: Through the Lens

A warm look at the great French photographer. – LA Times

Director Clémentine Deroudilles portrays the French photographer Robert Doisneau with charm and empathy, as a philanthropist who relied on illusions and produced clichés – a successful film tribute. – Kunst und Film DE

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME: SHADOWMAN

“A gruesome art-world fairy tale unafraid to face the bitter details of its hero’s tumultuous life.” – Slant Magazine

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Oren Jacoby
USA | 2017 | 81 min

In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a spectre in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.

Richard Hambleton made a name for himself with conceptual shadow paintings that haunted New York’s streets. At the height of his first commercial and critical success in the 80’s, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale. Seemingly uncomfortable with his own success, he alienated those around him from art dealers to close friends. In the 1990s, succumbing to drug addiction, he vanished from the gallery scene. Just as suddenly as he had appeared, Richard Hambleton disappeared.

In 2009 Hambleton suddenly resurfaced, supported by two young art dealers. For nearly twenty years he had been secretly and steadily working, his talent still intact after years underground. But will he be ready to get a second chance?

SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world.

The international press on SHADOWMAN: 

“A heartbreaking doc.” – The Village Voice

 “The myth of the tortured artist collides with the art documentary in Shadowman, a wholly engaging and often gripping look at the chaotic career of troubled 1980s graffiti artist Richard Hambleton.” – Screen Daily

Cracking the Frame

Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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