Body + Camera 2019:
The Un/Certain Body

Saturday, March 16, 2019
12–9PM

Mana Contemporary Miami
777 Mall
145 E Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131

This event is free and open to the public.

Body + Camera 2019: The Un/Certain Body

In partnership with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Montom Arts, Body + Camera presents a broad spectrum of contemporary work in experimental, dance, and performance film, and includes special screenings around the event’s theme. This dynamic film forum celebrates the intersection between the moving body and the moving image, focusing on risk-taking and independent artists, with contemporary, experimental projects that push the medium to its edge.

Submissions, which span more than 25 countries of origin, convey an uncertain mood; underlying many of them are dilemmas around the context, purpose, and boundaries of the human form. The works illuminate ways in which we now struggle to understand corporeal existence within a fluctuating world shaped by fast-changing technologies, political absurdities, and grave environmental shifts. It is from within and without the boundaries of this complex reality that this year’s event finds its sentiment and title: The Un/Certain Body.

Featuring more than forty short films by emerging and established artists from around the world that explore the intersection between the body and the moving image, Body + Camera film forum commenced at Mana Contemporary Jersey City, and will travel to Mana Contemporary Chicago later this year.


Installations

Welcome Kiosk

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SHON KIM (SOUTH KOREA), BOOKANIMA: DANCE
Bookanima
is an experimental animation technique that uses chronophotography to give books new life. BOOKANIMA: Dance, the project’s second chapter, incorporates aerial silk, aerobics, ballet, breakdance, disco, jazz dance, Korean dance, modern dance, social dance, and tap.

Photo: Still from Shon Kim, BOOKANIMA: Dance, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

 

First Floor Installation

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CHAMECKILERNER (NEW YORK), SAMBA #2
In Samba #2, choreographers Rosane and Andrea subvert the cliché of the samba, using the tight-on-the-hips framing characteristic of mainstream Brazilian TV to create an unsettling “dance of the flesh” in which the material body becomes a disorienting landscape.

Photo: Still from chameckilerner, Samba #2, 2014. Photo: Courtesy of artist

 

First Floor Screening Room

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¿CHE.NE.SO? (GERMANY), RHIZOPHORA
Dancing between waking and dreaming, Rhizophora follows a day through the eyes of eleven young residents of the Friendship Village in Vietnam who are living with disabilities caused by Agent Orange.

Photo: Still from Julia Metzger-Traber and Davide De Lillis, Rhizophora, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of the artists

 

Second Floor Installations

FRANCESCA FIN (ITALY), FAIR & LOST
Wearing electrostimulators set to maximum, Francesca Fini attempts to apply makeup while involuntary muscular contractions sparked by the electric shocks cause it to spread across her face, and a conflict between conscious behavior and social conditioning is poised to erupt.

MARLOES TEN BHÖMER (UNITED KINGDOM), ANNABELLE, BARBRA, BECKY, ALEXIS, KRYSTLE, ELLEN, OLIVE, EVE AND KIRSTEN, NOT STUMBLING, SLIDING, SINKING, FALLING OR OBLIVIOUS
A video that questions contemporary social constructs of femininity through a historical taxonomy of cinematic moments in which women are stymied by high heels—to suspenseful, dramatic, comedic, or other effect—repurposing certain elements as an obstacle course.

Photo: Still from Francesca Fini, FAIR & LOST, 2013. Photo: Courtesy of artist  

 

Second Floor Screening Room

CHARLIE FORD (CALIFORNIA), IMITATION OF A ROCK
A camera captures a humorous intimate interaction between a body and a rock.

CAT MAHARI (ILLINOIS), IMPRINTS & TRACES
Imprints & Traces
follows two empathic scientist-activists from “the AfroFuture” who discover the final records of Kansas City, Missouri, and encounter traces of anti-blackness, sexual disparity, capitalism, and genocide.

VICTORIA DONNET (FRANCE), I AM FINE
A short film about the relationship between our inner lives and our facial expressions. When we say “I’m fine,” what are we really communicating? Perhaps nothing other than “I’m alive.”

JILLIAN MAYER (FLORIDA), DAY OFF 1
DAY OFF
 is an ongoing series of videos in which the protagonists play what is assumed to be an immersive virtual reality video game. They appear completely disconnected from the world of the viewer, oblivious to their environment and to our presence and gaze.

BENJAMIN BUXTON (ILLINOIS), ON THE RINK
The Rink in Southside Chicago has been home to a vibrant community of rollerskating enthusiasts for more than forty years. Benjamin Buxton’s portrait conveys their boundless energy.

ERIKA ROUX (THE NETHERLANDS), PSYCHE AND CUPID
An attempt to recreate a detail of Antonio Canova's marble sculpture Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss. Erika Roux chooses her father and his girlfriend to re-enact the image of Psyche offering her soul to love, but her aim is never satisfactorily achieved.

Photo: Still from Charlie Ford, imitation of a rock, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

The End of Things

A selection of films that navigate transition, loss, death, and decay

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JOHANNES GIERLINGER (AUSTRIA), A SUBSEQUENT FULFILLMENT OF A PREHISTORIC WISH
A film about the accidental death of a female artist. A narrator, connected to the subject through layers of ritual, searches for her and a lost artwork, but finds nothing more than broken memories.

SCOTTY HARDWIG (VIRGINIA), OUR LAST ARIA
Filmed on location in the Eureka dunes of Death Valley, our last aria tracks a duet dance for film by American dance artist Scotty Hardwig, performed by Keanu Forrest Brady and James Mario Bowen. Two figures traverse a kinetic and emotional landscape in a desert wilderness.

DAGMAR DACHAUER (AUSTRIA), COMPETING FOR SUNLIGHT: ASH
A melancholy ode to an endangered species set to music by Tom Waits. “The death of a species, especially a species as significant as the ash, punches a hole not only in nature, but also in our culture.”—George Monbiot

BERNHARD JOHANNES SCHMITT (SINGAPORE), FOSSILES
A human skull finds its true love in ballet.

MARTA DI FRANCESCO (UNITED KINGDOM), JANUS
A poetic work named for the two-faced god of transitions, doorways, and new beginnings. Janus explores the effect of time on identity. In periods of transition, a sensitivity to presence is vital; we are at the threshold of a new era that will be defined by our ability to learn from the past.

CARLOS ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ (SPAIN), THE OLD THRESHING FLOOR OF HORCAJO. A PLACE OF MEMORY AND DANCE
A documentary that allegorizes an almost-forgotten site.

HAISI HU (NEW YORK), NEW YORK AFTER RAIN
New York After Rain
explores the moment before death through the protagonist’s feelings of longing, fear, and numbness. In this strikingly alien life, only pain can awaken love for the world.

Photo: Still from Johannes Gierlinger, A subsequent fulfillment of a pre-historic wish, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

This Is How We Do It

In these films, bodies form communities.

JAN PIETER TUINSTRA (THE NETHERLANDS), OTHERLAND
Based on the life of Elvin Elejandro Martinez, Otherland follows a vogue dancer who performs at a voodoo carnival ball in which he must gain the acceptance of the local ballroom community.

ANDREA RÜTHEL AND SUSANNA BERIVAN (GERMANY), LIKE
An exercise in learning language through imitation. Sound forms and loses itself, becomes a word, a term, an attempt to participate.

BARAN CHERAGHIPOUR (IRAN), COCOON
A film about knowing yourself and emerging from your cocoon.

JOHNSON CHENG (California), BEAST
A crew made up of suburban Filipino and Mexican American youth who found both family and salvation

Photo: Still from Jan Pieter Tuinstra, Otherland, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

Public Spaces, Private Worlds

Films that navigate private lives in public spaces


DADANS AND NESLIHAN KOYUNCU (TURKEY), AMORPHOUS
Co-directed by the dadans collective and Neslihan Koyuncu, and produced by dadans, Amorphous is a short dance film that explores ideas of evolving form and reality through movement-focused research carried out in real space.

CAMIEL ZWART (THE NETHERLANDS), PLATFORM 13
The tragicomic story of a Japanese railway conductor whose strong, graceful movements keep crowds under control, but who ends up in a nightmarish new world in which his job has become irrelevant.

XIAOQING ZHU (ILLINOIS), MUTUAL MEASUREMENT
A film that documents impromptu performances made in response to the environment of Chicago. The body of the artist is integrated into industrial products, public facilities, and artificial structures in order to question “civilized” human activity.

ROSIE TRUMP (NEVADA), WOMEN IN CITIES
A short stop motion dance film assembled from more than two thousand stills of female figures in motion, referencing painter Robert Longo’s iconic Men in Cities series.

MAJA MIREK (AUSTRIA), UNSPOKEN
There is a place in the throat where unspoken words stick, accumulating to produce an illusory reality that allows us to feel comfortable together.

ROSELY CONZ IN COLLABORATION WITH ANA BAER (MICHIGAN), TERRABLUE
A collaboration between choreographers Rosely Conz and Ana Baer and composer Alexis Bacon that draws on their experiences as foreigners and immigrants to confront issues of identity and belonging.

JOCELYNE MOREAU (THE NETHERLANDS), THE INNER HARBOUR
THE INNER HARBOUR
is based on choreography by Milou Nuyens of the Dansk Danstheater, Copenhagen. It was made during her eighth month of pregnancy on the Inner Harbour Bridge (Inderhavnsbroen) between her house and the Opera House, and features a cappella vocals by Camille Dalmais.

Photo: Still from dadans, Amorphous, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

Hysterical Aggression

A suite of films confronting the anxieties surrounding societal expectations and gender norms

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JAKKRAPAN SRIWICHAI (THAILAND), PHIMABONG
Phimabong
flickers between daydream and nightmare in its mysterious tale of two men who spend the day in a rainforest cabin.

ERYKA DELLENBACH (NEW YORK), HELD OVER SHORE
Shot on old 16mm film, Held Over Shore is a poem on masculine mystique from a woman’s perspective. Mining the early stages of a collaboration between artists Matty Davis and Ben Gould, it is driven in part by the energy of Gould’s Tourette Syndrome.

ROSWITHA CHESHER (UNITED KINGDOM), TO THE ENDS OF THE FINGERTIPS
Slipping through the fingers of time, we follow a search for freedom and fulfilment in this richly surreal tale.

NIKITA MAHESHWARY (THE NETHERLANDS), EVE TEASING
Part of the ongoing short film series SitaaurGita, EVE TEASING captures an ordinary day in the lives of women on the streets of India as they brave sexual harassment (the “teasing” of the title), capturing states and reactions that range from caution and vigilance to sickness and fear.

HUGO LJUNGBÄCK (SWEDEN), FOR HIS SAKE; FOR HIS PLEASURE
In For His Sake; For His Pleasure, the artist explores the coercion experienced by teens and younger gay men to pose for and send nude selfies. Contains nudity.

Photo: Still from Jakkrapan Sriwichai, Phimabong, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

Communing

Films that explore our ongoing search for physical intimacy with nature

RAFEL ARNAL (SPAIN), FERRAN
A filmic portrait in which shots of a buried body emerging from a mound of earth, dragging itself along the edge of an irrigation ditch, and lying down on the edge of an orchard are layered atop one another, each action describing an episode in the performer’s life.

ROSSINA BOSSIO (COLOMBIA), RUINS
A group of dancers moves through a surreal landscape of dust and stone. Through sound, movement, and magical atmosphere, Ruins unveils the beauty of chaos and celebrates the uncertainty of life.

ELLEN MUELLER (MINNESOTA), CRUNCHING
Made during a residency at Playa Artist Residency in Oregon, this film is set on the edge of a lake that dries up every summer due to commercial irrigation, depicting textures that reflect a strained relationship between natural processes and human exploitation.

CHENGLONG TANG (CHINA), GATHA
Gatha
tells the story of two Tibetan brothers’ pilgrimage to Mount Kangrinboqe, or Mount Kailash, during which the elder brother dies. When the younger brother finally arrives at the Holy Land, alone, he is grieving but fulfilled, and his journey continues as a new cycle of life begins.

CHEN JIEXIAO (SINGAPORE), INDIGNANCE
At a moment of personal transition, a dancer heads for his favorite sanctuary from the rain.

JAIME WHITBY (UNITED KINGDOM), AN ISLE FULL OF NOISES
A custom-built drone-mounted lighting system illuminates this modern take on an extract from The Tempest, narrated by David Oyelowo. An Isle Full of Noises was originally broadcast in the UK by Channel 4, as part of its experimental film strand Random Acts.

JULIA BONDESSON & ALEXANDER WIREEN (SWEDEN), AUGUST
The mosquito larva, the tick, the wild boar and Chinese martial arts in four scenes.

Photo: Still from Rafel Arnal, Ferran, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Time-Based Screenings: Second Floor Screening Room, “New World Future Studio”

Young Voices

A selection of films by artists under 25, curated by Sophia Wolfe, Artistic Director of Festival of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M)

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COURTNEY KEHR (PENNSYLVANIA), MY BODY HER SKIN
My Body Her Skin is based on the artist’s poem about her singular relationship with her mother, whose hand-me-down clothing embodies memories to which the artist gives new life.

CARLA CASTLE (SINGAPORE), TO BE FL;WD A short, experimental stop motion film responding to the stubborn popularity of plastic surgery. As humans, we are defined by our flaws, and in trying to “correct” them, we expose and trap ourselves still further.

GABRIELLA ENGDAHL (SWEDEN), DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS RIGHT NOW?
Through a combination of witty text and images of everyday movement, Do you know what time it is right now? explores our uneven perception of the passage of time.

KAYANA WALLER (NORTH CAROLINA), AMINA (I'M STILL HERE)
A jaded dancer envisions a space to call her own.

ABBEY SACKS (WASHINGTON), WHITE FOX ARCHETYPE // GRAVEYARD SHIFT
A dance film that uses dance, animation, and projection to capture the essence of a song by White Fox Archetype.

SARAH PRINZ (CALIFORNIA), WAIT
A queer film about the cyclical nature of codependency that explores intimate moments in which we define our identities through another person, and must dismantle it to start over.

TOBI AREMU (NEW YORK), NEGOTIATION
A physical exploration of black masculinity.

AARON JACKSON (FLORIDA), BLCK
A glimpse into the realities of our justice system, Blck highlights the overwhelming prejudice faced by people of color.

RALPH ESCAMILLAN (CANADA), FAUX SOLO
Empty space, a human body, and eight articles of clothing. Faux Solo explores the interplay between body, sound, clothing, and space.

JAMIE ROBINSON (CANADA), SPACEMAN'S WORD FOR IRRITATING DISTURBANCES
A film that questions out mutable relationship with technology, pointing out its flaws and failures.

DARIA MIKHAYLYUK (CANADA), CHAPTER 21
“There’s no greater misfortune in the world than the loss of reason.”—Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

MUTI MUSAFIRI (UNITED KINGDOM), ENIGMATIC FABRIC
Enigmatic: ˌɛnɪɡˈmatɪk/, difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious. Fabric: ˈfabrɪk/, synonyms: structure, framework, frame, form, make-up, constitution, composition, construction, organization, infrastructure, foundations, mechanisms, anatomy, essence

Photo: Still from Courtney Kehr, My Body Her Skin, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist