One of the many highlights of Art Basel’s Miami Beach show, this year’s Film program - curated again by Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx David Gryn - offers guests a wide variety of themes in a selection of one sound work and various films, including a special screening of a documentary of Basquiat in his pre-fame days, selected by Film sector curator Marian Masone. Read on to learn more, and see the Film program in our Events Calendar.
SoundWorks in Soundscape Park
Hans Berg | Trance (2017), 17’ (one-hour loop) | Gió Marconi, Lisson Gallery
Thursday, December 7 - Saturday, December 9 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | SoundScape Park
Designed specifically for SoundScape Park’s 160-speaker surround sound system, Swedish sound artist and techno music producer Hans Berg’s Trance is a hypnotic aural tapestry weaving together rainforest sounds, synthesizer rhythms, and more. Thanks to the location, Berg has been able to compose an immersive audio landscape blending technology and the outdoors, where audiences can practically see and feel the sound as well as hear them. Find more info here.
Short Film Program
Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Jen DeNike, 72’ | Anat Ebgi
Thursday December 7 | 8:00pm - 9:12pm | SoundScape Park
Jibade-Khalil Huffman, who will present three short films GIF, First Person Shooter, and Figuration (A), is an author, poet, and visual artist whose films delve into American media motifs while paying homage to African-American popular culture. Huffman’s collage techniques are at once playful and serious, resulting in an irreverent and captivating journey through familiar imagery ‘made strange’ through juxtaposition and interruption. In her video trilogy The Boxer, The Cat, and The Pimp, Jen DeNike stages vignettes of urban and suburban life as lyrical, slow-motion masquerades of joy, pain, and transcendence. DeNike’s precise, dramatic choreographies recall scenes from classic Hollywood dramas, their emotional intensity enhanced by compelling musical scores. See more here.
Sara Driver | Boom for Real - The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017), 78’
Friday December 8 | 8:30pm - 10:00pm | The Colony Theatre
This documentary is a comprehensive look at the movements that touched and inspired Basquiat as well as the influence a bankrupt violent city had on this seminal artist from 1978-1981. All the many things that were going on in the city fed through him - politics, hip-hop, punk rock, race issues, and the art scene, ultimately converting him into the ultimate representation of this period.
This film will be shown at the Colony Theatre and followed by a panel discussion with director Sara Driver and Film sector curator Marian Masone. Click here to read more.
Tin Ojeda | Free Jazz Vein (2017), 45’ | 303 Gallery
Friday December 8 | 8:00pm - 8:45pm | SoundScape Park
In his latest work, Argentinian-born and US-based artist Tin Ojeda pursues his ongoing fascination with a vintage 1970s style inspired by period jazz album covers and movie posters. Shot in the USA, Central America, Australia, and Indonesia, Free Jazz Vein celebrates surfing exploits and revels in spectacular scenes of sunsets on the beach, sunlight glinting on foam, and heart-stopping shots of the chiseled bodies of pro surfers gliding through the waves. A driving jazz, rock, and punk soundtrack enhances the almost physical effect on the viewer, with the improvisational feel of the music meshing perfectly with the free-form style of the surfer gods - and one goddess. Learn more here.
Short Film Program
The Reflection in the Puddle is Mine, 70’ | Cobett vs. Dempsey with Chicago Film Archives
Saturday December 9 | 8:00pm - 9:10pm | SoundScape Park
This short film program features a selection of treasures from the Chicago Film Archive's collection. Chosen by archivist Michelle Puetz and curator Jim Dempsey, the films and videos screened provide rare and fascinating glimpses into life in Chicago, from the 1930s to the present day. A constant element throughout the program is the motif of dance, in more or less abstract forms - from dancing atoms to bodies in motion, and from the geometric to the lyrical. The program takes its title from a 1961 film by dancer and choreographer Sybil Shearer and filmmaker Helen Morrison and documents Shearer's dance company in a performance that moves from the mundane world of work to an abstract, spiritual level. See more here.