DNR Filmclub | The Astronomer's Dream (1898) | Man in the moon (1999) | The Sasha (2019 | Moon (2009)

Travel to the moon with DNR filmclub

Di 21 mei | 20:15 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €6 | Kassa €7 | Ooievaarspas 50%

Travel to the moon in different eras

20:15 (Grote Zaal):     Stellar (Vladislav Solovjov, RU, 2012, 2min) 
                                   Man in the Moon (Mann im Mond, Chris Stenner and Arvid Uibel, DE, 1999, 7min)
                                   The Sasha (Maria Molina Peiró, NL, 2019, 20min)

20:50 (Grote Zaal):     Moon (Duncan Jones, UK, 2009, 97min)

Shorts Programme

Our programme of shorts takes as its key theme the very essence of what makes fantasy: animation. Through a trio of films that combines techniques ranging from 3D motion, parallex effect to Claymation and desktop collage, we encounter the Moon in turn as a sublime dreamscape (Stellar, Vladislav Solovjov, 2012), a site for encounters laden with hopes and deceptions (Man in the Moon, Chris Stenner and Arvid Uibel, 1999), and an (un)real space mediated through the weight of history (The Sasha, Maria Molina Peiró, 2019). Together, these small figments of dream (and nightmare) paint an elegant portrait of the conflicted images that make up the Moon, as well as its abiding role as a boundless canvas for the imagination.

Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009)
Moon holds the sobering mirror of technological exploitation to the utopian dream of spatial conquest. Set in a near future, the film follows the life of Sam (Sam Rockwell), an astronaut who longs for Earth after a lonely three-year stint spent extracting helium-3 on the titular rock. Coming across a disconcerting discovery that threatens to jeopardise his return home, Sam finds himself threatened by the dehumanising logic of an industrial capitalism that seems to have followed him into the depths of space. Casting the Moon as an unsettling doppelganger for our own planet, Duncan Jones asks the poignant question: Can we truly leave our problems behind on this flat Earth?

THE EXHIBITION

Along the film screenings, Fly me to the Moon presents four video installations and a sound performance by contemporary international artists, displayed at DNR’s iconic space Het Diepe. While expanding the traditional cinematic format of theatre projection, the exhibition opens up the programme’s thematic realm beyond the frontiers of the Moon to reflect more broadly on human imagination and the philosophical implications of space travel.   

Astronomical (Mishka Henner, 2017)
Mishka Henner’s black-and-white video Astronomical – The Movie is part of the mixed-media art project of the same title, which graphically translates our Solar System into a scale model made of twelve volumes. The book series starts with the Sun placed across pages 1 and 2 of the first volume and ends with Pluto on the last page of the final volume. By turning the book pages, the artist makes us symbolically travel through space and time which become literally touchable. Awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Art (2013), Mishka Henner has been included in major exhibitions at the MoMA, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Orion (Bruno Muzzolini, 2016)  
Bruno Muzzolini describes his ten-minute silent video work Orion as “a tiny stellar drift which deals with the conceptual grids we apply to the world in order to control it.” Eight live snails outline the constellation of Orion, one of the most recognizable group of stars on our celestial map. The animals slowly move and break down the structure, conquering the territory outside the frame.
Bruno Muzzolini represented Italy at the 54th Venice Biennial and has exhibited worldwide at institutions such as SOMA (Mexico City), the National Gallery of Arts Tirana, MAMM (Medellin), The living Art Museum (Reykjavik), Scope (Basel). Beside his artistic practice, he teaches Video Art at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.

Vista Orbis (Sara Khosrawi and Daniel Leix Palumbo, 2019)
Sara Khosrawi’s installation piece Vista Orbis is a composition of found footage that has been captured during various space flights by astronauts at NASA and ESA. By keeping the earth in focus when the most exciting objects of space travel are perhaps other planets, this film imposes a shift in perspective and transmits the exhilarating sensation of orbiting around our own precious world. The film is accompanied by an original soundtrack, composed and performed by Daniel Leix Palumbo. Sara Khosrawi is a young filmmaker and musician who has previously worked as an art director, graphic designer and editor at a Berlin-based film production company, where she mainly worked on projects for automotive brands, like Volkswagen, SEAT and Audi. Daniel Leix Palumbo is a musician and sound designer, and a member of the electronic/post-rock band Fernweh. He frequently collaborates with the Milan-based video-design studio Karmachina, as well as with Italian filmmaker Paolo Ranieri (Studio Azzuro, Karmachina), for whom he composes soundtracks for installations, art exhibitions and video art.