Ming Wong. Persona Performa. 2012. Photo: Olle Kirchmeier
“A Trip to the Moon. Before and After Film” in Stockholm
A Trip to the Moon. Before and After Film Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm February 8 – April 8, 2012
The group exhibition, “A Trip to the Moon*. Before and After Film”, which takes a look at the century-long relationship between film and art, will be shown at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm until April 8. This is the largest project being exhibited this spring at the art space, and has been produced in cooperation with Moderna Museet.
Douglas Gordon. Pretty Much Every Video and Film Work From About 1992 Until Now. To Be Seen On Monitors, Some With Headphones, Others Run Silently and All Simultaneously. 1992. Photo: Olle Kirchmeier
Ever since the first experiments in film, moving images have become a part of visual culture, to the point where they are now virtually impossible to avoid. With the development of technology and the internet, films are now available to everyone, 24 hours a day. However, there is another side to this coin: as a result of technical advances, a form of natural selection has taken place where the latest technologies overtake, and basically obliterate, traditional technologies; as a result, a certain way of viewing film has been destroyed. This then, is the central axis of this new exhibition – the part that technology has played in the evolution of film, and the resulting effects on art.
Marco Brambilla. Evolution (Megaplex). 2010. Photo: Olle Kirchmeier
Ming Wong. Persona Performa. 2011
* “A Trip to the Moon” (Le Voyage dans la lune, 1902, 14 min), by the French director Georges Méliès, is viewed as the first film made in the science-fiction genre. Until recently, all that had remained of the film was a badly damaged, hand-colored version. The film, however, has been successfully restored, and was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, accompanied by a soundtrack by the French pop-group, Air.