Museum of Clouds is a weekend programme of screenings and discussions exploring the films, the contexts, the figures that connected a diverse group of artist-filmmakers working over the last ten years. The series includes works by Gabriel Abrantes, Basma Alsharif, Alexander Carver, Benjamin Crotty, Mati Diop, Beatrice Gibson, Shambhavi Kaul, Laida Lertxundi, Matías Piñeiro, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Daniel Schmidt, Ana Vaz and Phillip Warnell, as well as conversations with the artists and with the programmers, writers and producers who have championed their work. Encompassing a dynamic range of visual languages, the programme pays particular attention to approaches to sound, landscape and format in these artists’ works.
A fundamental question for Tate Film is how a museum might go about representing the intertwined practices and constellation of relationships formed between the artists and programmers with whom we have been in conversation for many years. Museum of Clouds emerged as proposition in response to this question, an apt metaphor for the ever-shifting nature of the cluster on the one hand, and the problematic of trying to delineate or historicise ephemeral formations that inevitably form part of larger ecosystems. Its screening programme is curated in response to some of the themes that emerged when looking at these artists’ bodies of work together, rather than focusing specifically on formal collaborations. Its discussion forum serves as an instrument for all participants to help map shared approaches, attitudes, languages, sources or interests, to expand the network outward, and, last but not least, to acknowledge the work of peer institutions that have consistently programmed and supported their works.
This weekend gathering at Tate Modern is the first formulation of the Museum of Clouds, a concept intended to be reshaped and remapped by artists and curators alike. It is curated by Andrea Lissoni, Carly Whitefield and Raoul Klooker with Garbiñe Ortega. The next iteration of the programme takes place at the 2019 Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
October 26th, 19:30h
Introductions by the curators, Benjamin Crotty and Daniel Schmidt
- Benjamin Crotty, Fort Buchanan, FALL 2014, 16 mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 13 min, French with English subtitles
- Laida Lertxundi, Footnotes to a House of Love 2007, 16mm, colour, sound, 13 min
- Daniel Schmidt and Alexander Carver, The Island is Enchanted with You [La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes] 2014, digital video, colour, sound, 28 min, Spanish with English subtitles
October 27th, 13h
Out of Character
- Mati Diop, Big in Vietnam 2012, DCP, colour, sound, 30 min, French and Vietnamese with English subtitles
- Matías Piñeiro, Rosalinda 2010, digital video, colour, sound, 43 min, Spanish with English subtitles
Discussion with Matías Piñeiro, moderated by Garbiñe Ortega, Artistic Director, Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival
October 27th, 16h
- Ana Vaz, Occidente 2014, HD and Super 16mm transferred to HD, shown as DCP, colour, sound, 16 min, Portuguese with English subtitles
- Ben Russell, Atlantis 2014, 16mm transferred to HD, shown as DCP, colour, sound, 24 min, English and Maltese with English subtitles
- Gabriel Abrantes, Birds 2013, Super 16mm transferred to HD, shown as DCP, colour, sound, 17 min, Haitian Creole and Attic Greek with English subtitles
Discussion with Ana Vaz and Ben Russell, moderated by Aily Nash, Co-curator, NYFF Projections, and Program Advisor, International Film Festival Rotterdam
October 27th, 19h
- Laida Lertxundi, 025 Sunset Red 2016, 16mm, colour, sound, 14 min
- Shambhavi Kaul, Night Noon 2014, digital video, colour, sound, 12 min
- Ben Rivers, Slow Action 2010, 16mm transferred to digital video, black and white and colour, sound, 40 min
Discussion with Shambhavi Kaul and Ben Rivers, moderated by Andréa Picard, Lead Programmer, TIFF Wavelengths and contributor, Cinema Scope magazine?
October 28th, 14h
- Beatrice Gibson, F for Fibonacci 2014, 35mm and video transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 17 min
- Ben Rivers and Gabriel Abrantes, The Hunchback 2016, Super 16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 28 min
Discussion with Beatrice Gibson and Ben Rivers, moderated by Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX, and Programmer, Courtisane Festival
October 28th, 16h
Museum of Clouds Forum
This forum brings together participating artists, producers, writers and film programmers to collectively map the shifting network of dialogues and connections between this group of artists, and the institutions, sites and conditions that have helped foster these forms of exchange. It attempts to locate a shared creative attitude and to elaborate the significance of sound, landscape, shooting formats and exhibition contexts to the artists’ work. The forum will reflect on the central propositions of the series itself, considering both the problematic of historicising the present moment and the life of such a gathering within the art museum.
The forum is moderated by Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern, and Carly Whitefield, Assistant Curator, Film.
October 28th, 18:30h
Discussion with Phillip Warnell, moderated by Mark Peranson, Head of Programming, Locarno Film Festival, and Editor and Publisher, Cinema Scope magazine
- Basma Alsharif, Deep Sleep 2014, Super 8 transferred to HD, colour, sound, 13 min
- Phillip Warnell, The Flying Proletarian 2017, Super 16mm transferred to DCP, colour, sound, scent, 36 min
Please note that this programme contains flashing lights and scent.