Artists' Film International 2016 & 2017

03.11.2017 - 03.12.2017

During the month of November «Artists' Film International 2016 & 2017» will be presented in the two downstairs galleries in Tromsø Kunstforening, with a new selection of films every week.


Artists’ Film International is a collaborative project featuring film, video and animation from around the world. Established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists’ Film International currently includes 16 global partner organisations. The programme brings together recent moving image works which are presented over the course of a year in each venue.

Artists AFI 2016
Igor Bošnjak, Andrés Denegri, Rohini Devasher, Tor Jørgen van Eijk, Fareeha Ghezal, The Institute of New Feeling, Igor Jesus, Rachel Maclean, Eva & Franco Mattes, Zeyno Pekünlü, Karin Sander, Mateusz Sadowski, Mak Ying Tung, Dimitri Venkov

Artists AFI 2017
Daniela Agostinho & Luís Lázaro De Matos, Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, Wojciech Bakowski, Desire Machine Collective, Gabriela Golder, Ane Hjort Guttu, Laura Horelli, Nina Lassila, Agnese Luse, Angela Melitopoulos, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Tanja Ostojić, Meggie Schneider, Isabell Spengler & Gitte Villesen, Mikhail Karikis, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Zheng Mahler, Phung Linh Nguyen, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva, Adrian Paci, Cengiz Tekin

Ballroom Marfa; Belgrade Cultural Centre; Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul; GAMeC, Bergamo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hanoi Doclab; Istanbul Modern; MAAT, Lisbon; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Para/Site, Hong Kong; PRÓA, Buenos Aires; Project 88, Mumbai; Tromsø Kunstforening; Video- Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.); Whitechapel Gallery, London

AFI 2016
The 2016 iteration of Artists’ Film International explores the theme of «technologies», in the broadest sense. The program is made up of works that push the boundaries of technology or which take technology as its subject, new or old.

WEEK ONE - 3.-12.11.17

Igor Jesus
POV (01:39, 2015)
Selected by MAAT
The film captures a speaker plummeting from the sky as the landscape unravels around it.

Mateusz Sadowski
It Takes Time (03:13, 2014)
Selected by Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
The artist contemplates reality by focusing on the exploration and disclosure of mechanisms of perception, memory and dreams.

Mak Ying Tung
Disarming (03:53, 2013)
Selected by Para/Site
Disarming is a short video in which the artist removes the spines from a small cactus with a pair of tweezers, seeking to do away with the plant’s defensive capacity.

Andrés Denegri
We Were Expected (lead and stick) (04:14, 2013)
Selected by Fundación PROA
From start to finish, this film puts itself forward as a complex system in formal, technological and conceptual terms: a series of 16mm films are running constantly, while a film ‒ the same one recorded on the films themselves ‒ is projected onto their surface, which acts as a screen. The video is projected onto film, with a result as alienating as the explanation of the process. And yet it is a perfect short circuit in its complexity.

Eva & Franco Mattes
Dark Content Episodes 1, 2, 3 (16:18, 2015)
Selected by GAMeC
This is a series of videos about Internet content moderators, an invisible army responsible for removing ‘offensive’ material from websites.

WEEK TWO - 15.-19.17

Zeyno Pekünlü
How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out? (19:33, 2015)
Selected by Istanbul Modern
The film is a collage of videos taken from YouTube and forms part of the How to properly touch a girl so you don’t creep her out? series. The work focuses on the role of the Internet in the production, unintentional dissemination and sharing of practical information.

The Institute of New Feeling
(founded by Scott Andrew, Agnese Bolt and Nina Sarnelle)
This is Presence (17:19, 2016)
Selected by Ballroom Marfa
The first image in This is Presence is a computer screen (the spectator could potentially be the user) with a Google search window open entitled “The Institute for New Feeling”: the operation is resolved in a flow of videos that correspond to the actual online search results.

Tor Jørgen van Eijk
Purgatory (16:20, 2010)
Selected by Tromsø Kunstforening
Purgatory is part of a series of videos where the camera records its own image, exploring how the apparatus of analogue video generates visual feedback.

WEEK THREE - 22.-26.11.17

Karin Sander
Sigrid 1930 (09:43, 2009)
Selected by Video- Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Loops a 1930s reel, where the stains and scratches on the original celluloid bounce like the child’s ball in the footage.

Rachel Maclean
Germs (03:00, 2013)
Selected by Whitechapel Gallery
Germs follows a glamorous female protagonist through a series of commercials, as she becomes increasingly paranoid about the omnipresence of microscopic germs.

Fareeha Ghezal
Mirror of Heart (01:39)
Selected by Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul, Afghanistan
Mirror of heart shows us a discovery: we see some arms searching in an arid, sandy land, until finding a mobile surface, lifting it up and discovering their identity.

Rohini Devasher
Atmospheres (09:09, 2015)
Selected by Project 88
Atmospheres imagines the interconnectedness of things, as we look up from Earth through a decametre wave radio telescope at the Gauribidanur Observatory near Bangalore, India.

WEEK FOUR - 29.11-3.12.17

Igor Bošnjak
EUtopia (20:13, 2015-16)
Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre
EUtopia tracks the contours of an oil painting as if it were another planet.

Dimitri Venkov
Krisis (32:26. 2016)
Selected by National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Krisis reenacts a discussion among Russian and Ukrainian artists on social media during the Maidan protests, revealing deep aestetic, historical and political divisions.

AFI 2017
In anticipation of the 10th anniversary of AFI, the theme was «collaboration». The theme is intended to help focus the selection of works, yet it is also intended to expansive so that each partner can interpret it freely. For example, ‘collaboration’, the act of working with so-meone else can form part of the process of making the work, or can also be the subject of the work.

WEEK ONE - 3.-12.11.17

Mikhail Karikis
Ain’t Got No Fear (08:56, 2016)
Selected by Whitechapel Gallery
Ain’t Got No Fear was created with a group of boys from the industrial marshland of the Isle of Grain in South East England. With the sound of a neighbouring power plant being demolished as their beat, the boys rap about memories and possible futures, while questioning notions of territory and authority.

Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler
Occupy, Resist, Produce – Officine Zero (33:00, 2015)
Selected by Video- Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Authour-filmmaker Azzellini follows how former Italian rail service workers occupied and conver-ted one of their shutdown factories, Officine Zero, into a collective recycling workshop, reflecting on sustainable methods of collaborative working and thinking.

Ane Hjort Guttu
How to Become a Non-Artist (12:00, 2007)
Selected by Tromsø Kunstforening
In How to Become a Non-Artist Guttu looks at small arrangements of everyday objects by her four-year-old son and offers an in-depth commentary about these inadvertent works of art. The voiceover comments on the arrangements, which are gradually turning more unnoticeable, until they end up as ”readymades”.

WEEK TWO - 15.-19.11.17

Laura Horelli, Nina Lassila, Agnese Luse, Angela Melitopoulos, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Tanja Ostojić, Meggie Schneider, Isabell Spengler and Gitte Villesen
Jūrmala (09:06, 2010–16)
Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre
Jūrmala takes its name from a beach in Latvia, the setting for this collaborative film by nine Berlin-based women artists and filmmakers.

Cengiz Tekin
Just Before Paradise (04:27, 2015)
Selected by Istanbul Modern
Cengiz Tekin looks at human cargo in Just Before Paradise, where young male migrants stand waist deep in the sea contemplating an uncertain future.

Adrian Paci’s
The Column (25:52, 2013)
Selected by GAMeC
The film follows the journey of a block of marble from a quarry in China to Paris as it’s arduously carved onboard a ship by stonemasons.

Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley
This is Offal (12:50, 2016)
Selected by Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
This is Offal is a stylised black and white video and an absurdist take on TV medical dramas in which the organs of a young woman’s body argue about the cause of her death.

WEEK THREE - 22.-26.11.17

Wojciech Bakowski
The Analysis of Emotions and Vexations: Part 2 (10:33, 2016)
Selected by Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
This is a stop-motion animation made with ephemeral materials. The film explores memory and reverie in which the viewer takes on the role of listener.

Gabriela Golder
Conversation Piece (17:44, 2013)
Selected by PRÓA, Buenos Aires
Conversation Piece depicts a woman reading Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto with her granddaughters. The girls ask questions, such as ‘What is communism?’, which she patiently answers, revealing the disconnect between a utopian vision and the social inequality that persists today.

Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva
Serpent Rain (27:06, 2016)
Selected by Ballroom Marfa
Artist/filmmaker Arjuna Neuman and philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva explores the history of slavery and the Black Lives Matter movement in relation to time and the degradation of the natural world.

WEEK FOUR - 29.11-3.12.17

Zheng Mahler
Deep Water (04:37, 2016-2017)
Selected by Para/Site
Deep Water virtually re-maps the streets of the Sham Shui Po market district in Hong Kong with a combination of video and 3D animation to allow time to move in multiple directions and flow along the underground waterways that reveal unexpected histories of the area. The camera followed the invisible paths of the former streams which ran through the area (Sham Shui Po translates as Deep Water Market), which were reclaimed from the harbour in the 1960’s.

Phung Linh Nguyen
Memory of the Blind Elephant (14:25, 2013)
Selected by Hanoi Doclab
Memory of the Blind Elephant is part of the artist's long-term project on colonial rubber plantations in Central and Southern Vietnam.

Daniela Agostinho & Luís Lázaro De Matos
Music by Carsten Jost (David Lieske)
The Nomadic City of Camela (07:00, 2017)
Selected by MAAT, Lisbon
The project began with the writing of a short story/description of a fictional city built on top of a giant female camel. It will be developed throughout 2017.

Desire Machine Collective,
(founded in 2004 by Sonal Jain & Mriganka Madhukaillya)
Invocation (14:24, 2015)
Selected by Project 88
Invocation references the life of Hindu deity Krishna. Images of nature and masked figures performing silent rituals mingle with allusions to the supernatural.