CSW Warsaw, Video Room: DANCE

Dara Friedman
(2011), video, back and white film,16 mm, 25 min

June 18 – July 7, 2013

Curator: Fabio Cavallucci
Coordinators: Ita Krajewska

To think with the body, to dance.

"Dancer", 2011. Is a new film by Dara Friedman. It is in black and white and 16mm. It is a film about movement.

Inspired partly by the late Pina Bausch (1940-1990) creator of the dance theater movement "Tanztheater", Friedman – like Bausch is not necessarily interested in how people moved, but rather, what moves them. To this end, the film observes the dancers' internal monologues, made manifest through self-scripted movement.

People dance in the streets of Miami. Outdoors under the sun and moon. The camera moves along with them. Tethered, it orbits each dancer, like another half. "Dancer" uses street corners as a stage, street lamps as spotlights and storefronts as backdrops. We see ourselves and how we move. The reason to move is what is filmed here. Not on stage but on a patch of street. A patch of stage shared with the flaneur, the tourist and the worker on lunch break.

Friedman records the body thinking. Its blood pumping, its breath syncopating and its molecules vibrating. In a world where every thing moves, Friedman and her camera embrace those things that are filled with will and agency. Those things that think with steps and choreography.

"Dancer" is the most recent film in a series of new works by Friedman that focus on performance and public space. In 2007, the Public Art Fund commissioned "Musical", 2007-2008, which captured spontaneous actions orchestrated across Manhattan. Similar to "Dancer", "Musical" plays upon the vitality of city life where unexpected encounters can be a daily occurrence.

In 2009, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt commissioned Friedman to create a performance as part of the exhibition "Playing The City". "Frankfurt Song", 2010, asked the city's array of street musicians to interpret the Rolling Stone's 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want". The performance and subsequent film takes a snapshot of the city and makes a point of highlighting the endless renaissance of its people, places and politics.

"Dancer", 2011, is co-produced by the Miami Art Museum and will be presented at the New World Symphony’s “New World Center Screen” at Art Basel Miami Beach on November 30th, 2011.

Dara Friedman (born 1968, Bad Kreuznach, Germany). Graduate of the University of Miami, School of Motion Pictures, MFA, in Miami, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London, United Kingdom, Städelschule, class with Peter Kubelka, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as well as the elite Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The artist is best known experimental, non-narrative works that deconstruct the techniques of conventional filmmaking. Using the camera lens as an extension of her eye and body, Friedman strives for a heightened sense of subjectivity, distilling individual moments in time down to their emotional essence Friedman is the author of, amongst others, video works such as "Play", "Dancer", and "Musical". Furthermore, she has participated in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. Selected awards and honors: Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome (2000-2001), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York (1999), Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Miami (1998), New Forms Miami, Miami (1997). Dara Friedman lives and works in Miami.

VIDEO ROOM is a new long term project of the Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, which provides to the audience the best and newest creations of video art. Every third Monday in one of the halls of the Ujazdowski Castle, the visitors will be able to view the works of renowned Polish and international video artists. We would like for VIDEO ROOM along with Bank Pekao PROJECT ROOM (presentation of young polish art – every other Monday), and PERFORMANCE DAY to become a fixed point program for all who are interested in contemporary art.

CCA media patronage: TOK FM, Przekrój, Elle Decoration, Harper's Bazaar, KMAG, Aktivist, Warsaw Insider, EXKLUSIV, Hiro, Stolica, Label Magazine, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE


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