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DNR Filmclub | The Astronomer’s Dream (1898) & Things to Come (1936) + Exhibition Opening - Music Performance

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Fly me to the moon

Di 7 mei | 19:00 uur GROTE ZAAL | Online €6 | Kassa €7 | Ooievaarspas 50%

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

19:00 (Het Diepe):      Exhibition Opening - Music Performance (Daniel Leix
                                    Palumbo, IT/DE, 30min)
20:15 (Grote Zaal):    The Astronomer's Dream (Le Reve D'un Astronome,
                                    Georges Méliès, FR, 1898, silent, 3min) + INTRODUCTION
20:30 (Grote Zaal):     Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies,
                                     UK/US, 1936, 100min)

The Exhibition is open on 7, 14, 21 May from 19:00 to 23:00.
Participating artists: Mishka Henner (BE), Bruno Muzzolini (IT), Sara Khosrawi (DE) and Daniel Leix Palumbo (IT/DE)

Admission is free

The Astronomer’s Dream (Georges Méliès, 1898)
A frustrated astronomer toils away into the night, trying in vain to capture a mysterious Moon in the lines of his endless calculations and diagrams. As sleep creeps into his despairing mind, however, the distance between the old sage and the object of his dreams seems to suddenly vanish... Playing across the hazy gap between fantasy and lunacy, this classic of the early trick film brings us a whimsical commentary on man’s obsession with the Moon through the eyes of none other than the great Georges Méliès.

Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936)
Released only three years before the start of the Second World War, Things to Come tells the prescient tale of civilisation brought to ruin by industrialised warfare and global warmongering. Reflecting the pacifist beliefs of its writer, the legendary H. G. Wells, the film stars Raymond Massey as a rogue scientist fighting the relentless scourges of mediocrity and ignorance to save a world on the brink of collapse – a struggle in which to walk on the Moon becomes a symbol for the ultimate triumph of human curiosity and progress. Set against a gallery of gorgeous set pieces designed by Menzies – the man for whom the job title ‘set designer’ was first coined – Things to Come remains a compelling fantasy about space flight as imagined through the lens of scientific positivism.


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.