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Frieze Film 2015

The artists participating in Frieze Film 2015 are: Charles Atlas with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Xavier Cha, Gery Georgieva and Thirteen Black Cats.

Charles Atlas (b.1949, USA)
Image: Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Production still at EMPAC, 2015. Photo: Mick Bello

Atlas is collaborating with New York choreographers Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell on a short video featuring dancers Cori Kresge and Hiroki Ichinose. Shot this summer at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in upstate New York, the film is produced as an accompaniment to a long-form stereoscopic moving image work currently in development, this work will be made specifically for the televisual context.

New York-based artist Charles Atlas has created numerous works for stage, screen, museum, and television since the early 1970s, consistently pioneering the synthesis of technology and performance. A key-figure in the development of ‘media-dance’ in which performance is created directly for the camera, Atlas was videographer-in-residence with Merce Cunningham Dance Company for a decade, and continues to collaborate extensively with choreographers and performers, including Michael Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Diamanda Galás and Mika Tajima/New Humans, among many others. Recent exhibitions include the Gwangju Biennial (2014); The Contemporary, Austin (2014); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2013); De Hallen, Haarlem (2012) and the New Museum, New York (2011). He is artist in residence at EMPAC 2015-2016.

Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener are artists who work both collaboratively and separately on varied performance projects including site-specific installations, improvisational dances, traditional proscenium pieces, and highly crafted immersive experiences. After working together in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mitchell and Riener began collaborating on dance projects in 2009. Continually pushing the boundaries of dance research, they have a keen interest in the way abstraction and representation coincide in the body. They are both drawn to space as an agent of perfomance and create dance in response to complex and active spatial environments, often using elements of fantasy to encourage innovation and affect environments. Their work is simultaneously playful, rigorous and diverse in its use of movement language, sonic forms and visual materials. It often includes visual art, literary and musical collaborators. Together they have amassed awards including multiple NY Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Princess Grace Awards. They are active in their community as educators, performers and agents of change.

Xavier Cha (b.1980, USA)
Image: Xavier Cha, vision board for abduct, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Cha will produce a series of short films capturing actors as they battle conflicting emotions, held in tense states of physical and psychological discord. While outwardly (and non-linguistically) expressing an extreme emotion, such as livid rage, a more subtle emotion emerges from beneath the surface. Both emotions function as foreign agents attempting to gain dominance, or hijack the vehicle of the actor’s facial expression and body. This new work continues Cha’s exploration of the body, individual, and self, and how these are contained, expressed, and mediated. Her performance-based works formalizes subjectivity within contemporary culture, isolating elements of production, perception, and communication into bare, abstract, and often illogical experience. abduct is produced in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. After its debut for Frieze Film, the work will be presented as an expanded installation, accompanied by live performances, for Cha’s upcoming solo exhibition (January 29 – May 8, 2016), organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator.

Xavier Cha was born in Los Angeles and she currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of her works have been held at the Whitney Mu- seum of American Art (2011); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2010); and 47 Canal, New York (2012). Her performances have been presented at INOVA, Milwaukee, WI (2015); and New Museum, New York (2013). She has been included in group exhibitions at Kunstalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2014); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2012); The Kitchen, New York, NY (2015); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2009); and the 12 Biennale de Lyon (2013). In 2014, Cha was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.

Gery Georgieva (b.1986, Bulgaria)
Image: Gery Georgieva, Untitled (Chaka Raka), digital video still

Georgieva will produce a film commission centering around the culture of Bulgarian chalga (pop-folk) nightclubs. Contrast- ing footage of her native country’s pop culture with other parallel environments, Georgieva is interested in how we configure and reconfigure our cultural identities.

Georgieva currently studies at Royal Academy Schools, London. Her work encompasses performance, multimedia installations and occasional musical collaborations (under the stage name Vera Modena). Georgieva has made work from a position of being empowered by her Bulgarian extraction. She often uses the immediacy of her own body to format and reformat images of different pop cultural vernaculars and consider construction of authenticity, taste and belonging. Recent shows include live performances and installations; ‘Solo Romantika’, Res. Enclave Deptford (2015), ‘OpenSource Contemporary Arts Festival’ (2015), London, ‘Premiums’, Royal Academy, London (2015), ‘Bijoux II’ (live), Spike Island, Bristol (2014), and ‘Autoethnography’ (live), Modern Art Oxford (2013) will produce a film commission centering around the culture of Bulgarian chalga (pop-folk) nightclubs. Contrast- ing footage of her native country’s pop culture with other parallel environments, Georgieva is interested in how we configure and reconfigure our cultural identities.

Thirteen Black Cats (f. 2015, USA)
Image: 1/56, Thirteen Black Cats, 2015

Thirteen Black Cats will present 1/56, the first iteration of a multi-authored moving image work in which filmmakers and artists from around the world are invited to participate in making a serial film and video work inspired by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s novel Antwerp (2002), consisting of fifty-six chapters. 1/56 is produced in partnership with the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, curated by Nicola Lees.

Thirteen Black Cats is a research and production collective founded by Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven and Evan Calder Williams. Lucy Raven is an artist based in New York City. Her work has been included in exhibitions and screenings internationally including solo exhibitions at VOX, Montreal (2015); EMPAC, Troy, NY (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany, and Yerba Buena, San Francisco (2014). Other exhibitions include Hammer Projects, the Hammer Museum, LA (2013); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012); and 11 Rooms, Manchester International Festival, Manchester (2011). She currently teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Evan Calder Williams is a writer, theorist, and artist. He is the author of Combined, Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters, as well as two books forthcoming in 2015, Shard Cinema and Donkey Time. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, The New Inquiry, Historical Materialism, La Furia Umana, The Italianist, World Picture, and The Third Rail, and he is a contributing editor to Viewpoint Magazine. He has presented films, performance, and audio works at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2014); Images Festival, Toronto (2014); the Montreal International Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (2014); Artists Space, New York (2013); Tramway, Glasgow (2012) and the Whitney Museum, New York (2012). He is a 2015 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room and teaches at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Vic Brooks is a curator and producer based in Troy, NY. As curator of time- based visual art at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recent and forthcoming artists’ commissions include Andros Zins-Browne & Karthik Pandian; Charles Atlas; Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell; Isabelle Pauwels; Lucy Raven; Rosa Barba and Tarek Atoui among others. She was curator-in-residence at LUX during autumn 2014 and in 2013 initiated The Jaffe Colloquia, an ongoing series of seminars centered around the conditions of, and perspectives on, time-based arts. Prior to EMPAC, Brooks founded the itinerant curatorial platform The Island with Andrew Bonacina and co-curated Serpentine Gallery’s artist-cinema program with Nicola Lees.

Launched in 2007, Frieze Film is a series of new films commissioned from established and emerging artists and premiered annually as part of Frieze Projects, Frieze London’s non-profit curated programme.

This year, Frieze Film is curated by Nicola Lees and supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts, who will also broadcast the commissions.

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