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Film Programme: Resonating Structures (Houses)

24 Sep 2019, Tue - 3 Nov 2019, Sun
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Roadd


24 September – 6 October 2019: Ant Farm, Inflatables Illustrated, 1971­–2003

8 October – 20 October 2019: Dan Graham, Pavilions, 1999

22 October – 3 November 2019: Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse),2007



24 September – 6 October 2019

Inflatables Illustrated, Ant Farm, United States 1971­–2003

B&w and colour, sound, 21 min 20 sec

As a critique of consumerism and reaction to Brutalist architecture, Ant Farm created an utopian, inflatable architecture that was participatory and communal, cheap, and easy to transport and assemble. It had been used to host festivals, conferences, or installed as university campuses. Without a fixed structure, these inflatables challenged the notions of a building as well as the reliance on expert knowledge of architects. The film, which brings its audience through the steps of making a small inflatable using basic materials found in a kitchen, is an example of “open source,” in which concepts are made accessible to the public.


8 October – 20 October 2019

Pavilions, Dan Graham, United States, 1999

Colour, sound, 26 min

This film surveys Dan Graham’s series of sculptures Pavilions, created since the late 1970s, with documentary footage of the works in different cities. Created on a human scale out of glass or mirror, they serve as instruments of perception as viewers become both the object of spectacle as well as the subject or spectator of themselves reflected in the glass walls. Representing a hybrid between a quasi-functional space and an installation, art and architecture, public and private realms, the sculptures reflect Graham’s investigation into the social phenomenology and performativity of the viewer with the art object.


22 October – 3 November 2019

Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse), Carsten Nicolai, Germany, 2007

Digital film line, colour, sound, 7 min 43 sec.

Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, and Pace Gallery.

This film is the second instalment of a four-part series titled Future Past Perfect, shot onsite at Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation(1952) in Marseille, a classic example of Brutalist architecture. Building on his architectural background, Carsten Nicolai focuses first on the exterior of the building followed by its interior before ending at its rooftop. Twice, the film’s calm atmosphere is disrupted by a rapid, flashing sequence. He achieves a cinematic effect while engineering the elements of time, space, and social relations into his film, scripting the appearance of different people in the building’s hallway in the latter part of the film.




Ant Farm(United States) was founded in 1968 in San Francisco by architects Chip Lord and Doug Michels as a countercultural collective intersecting between media art and architecture. Their influential work, which integrated art into everyday life with an ironic humour, highlighted environmental degradation, promoted sustainability, and challenged the ideologies and pervasiveness of American mass media, culture, and consumerism. Although it served no commercial value, it was important in delivering cultural and political critiques. They disbanded in 1978 after a fire destroyed their studio and their work is on permanent display in Texas.

Dan Graham(United States) is an influential pioneer of conceptual art and performance-related video art. His multi-disciplinary practice, spanning across curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography, and architecture, aligns itself with popular culture more than contemporary art. His work is informed by a social awareness, often working with hybrids that oscillate between quasi-functional spaces and installations to expose processes of perception, of which his freestanding, sculptural structures called Pavilionsare an example. He produces artworks that often blur the line between sculpture and architecture and reflect his investigation into the ideology behind and relationship between architecture and media.

Carsten Nicolai(Germany) is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work intersects between art, music, and science. He started introducing the dimensions of time and temporality and concept of ephemerality in his work as well as experimenting with sound and light frequencies in the mid-1990s. He is interested in the subject of human consciousness and how the complex phenomena of micro and macrosystems, and abstract concepts of physics influence someone’s behaviour. Working on a level of experimentation and modelling, he finds the processuality of his work more important than the conclusion. For his musical outputs, he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto.




This film screening is part of the Film Programme: Resonating Structures, which features six of Siah Armajani’s computer-generated short films from the 1970s. For more information on Siah Armajani’s short films, and for the schedules of other screenings within Resonating Structures, please refer to links below.


Image caption: Carsten Nicolai, Future Past Perfect Pt. 2 (Cité Radieuse), 2007, Digital film line, colour, sound, 7 min 43 sec. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, and Pace Gallery.