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Metahaven Information Skies: film screening and QA

On September 14, at 7 PM, IZOLYATSIA presents a screening of Information Skies, a filmby the Dutch team Metahaven – Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk – followed by a Q&A session.

The 24-minute film ponders over the omnipresent notion of digital communication in the post-truth society. Who knows what’s true? – the voiceover asks the main question of the film which remarkably corresponds with the main question of the contemporaneity. Playing with reality and fiction, Metahaven manage to create a world of its own, where these two are deeply intertwined and abruptly interrupted by the animation. Meditative, dark and steady visual language of the film that refers to Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies crystalises the feeling of being lost and bewildered amid virtual reality and mass digitalisation of the world.

The score for the film was written by M.E.S.H., also known as James Whipple, the Berlin-based producer and musician.

The screening will be held at the IZONE Creative Community, vulytsia Naberezhno-Luhova 8.

Information Skies, 2016, 24 min, Hungarian, written/directed by Metahaven

Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven works across art, filmmaking, and graphic design. Recent solo presentations include ‘Information Skies’, Auto Italia, London (2016), ‘The Sprawl’, YCBA, San Francisco (2015), ‘Black Transparency’, Future Gallery, Berlin (2014), and ‘Islands in the Cloud’, MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Fear & Love’, Design Museum, London (2016), ‘Dream Out Loud’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016),‘The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)’, the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016), ‘All of This Belongs to You’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2015), ‘Private Settings: Art After the Internet’, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014), ‘Frozen Lakes’, Artists Space, New York (2013), and ‘Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working’, Auto Italia, London, (2013). Recent publications include ‘Black Transparency’ (2015), ‘Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?’ (2013), and ‘Uncorporate Identity’ (2010). Music videos by Metahaven include Home(2014), and Interference (2015), both for musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon, as part of an ongoing collaboration. In 2015 and 2016, Metahaven created its first long documentary, The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda). Its fictional sequel, a short film titled Information Skies, was shot and edited in 2016, and nominated for the IFFR 2017 Tiger Awards and the European Film Awards for Short Film. Information Skies was exhibited at Sharjah Biennale 2017. Its successor, the short film Hometown, is shot in Beirut and Kyiv in 2017.

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