Exhibitions & News

29.03

Kitchen Conversations

The Wapping Project launches its new international platform for debate about art, politics, economy, history and science… and anything that needs the attention of a Kitchen Conversation.

The conversations are inspired by the Eastern European tradition of critical discussions about art, world politics and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs that happened in private kitchens during the decades of communism. They are pockets of freedom, spaces for thinking out loud and dreaming up the future.

The first kitchen conversation will take place in San Francisco. London events will start in May 2017.

 

Kitchen Conversation San Francisco 01: Shifting Ground

Wed the 29th March 2017, 7pm

Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts
1111 8th Street
San Francisco
CA 94107

Free, booking essential by email: kc-sf@thewappingproject.org

The hour-long screening brings together films by five women artists working on the intersection of personal and political. Coming from very different backgrounds and places, they find a poetic response to the very world they inhabit — the places, the time, the memory, the present and the past — Gdansk, Glasgow, County Tyrone and London.

The programme is a journey through geography, time and memory. From the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland, where the downfall of communism began, through snow clad European landscapes about to shift, through childhood memories of Glasgow, Scotland, and a family home in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, during the Troubles, to London in the face of terrorism.

Featuring film work by Meghana Bisineer, Shona Illingworth, Mairéad McClean, Marta Michalowska and Alia Syed.

The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by writer and curator Karen Fiss with artists Jeanne C. Finley, Lynn Marie Kirby and Meghana Bisineer, and The Wapping Project’s director Marta Michalowska.

in Association with
Bay Area Women in Contemporary Art (WICAN)
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California College of the Arts

 

Past

Without 26.01.17

Installation by Marta Michalowska featuring a triptych of films:
Without Reflection, Without Shadow and Without.

On show at Kronenboden, Schwedenstrasse 16, 13357 Berlin.

In the triptych of films set in an empty room surrounded by trees and fallen leaves spilling from the screen, Marta Michalowska takes us on a journey through the landscapes of northern Poland and the internal landscapes marked by mourning. We follow a solitary woman to a score by British composer Billy Cowie.

The work was prompted by the powerful image of a claustrophobic house enveloped in grief with all its mirrors covered by white sheets, preventing a tormented soul endlessly bouncing between them. The image provoked an exploration of death and loss. The triptych is a meditation on grief.

Without Reflection and Without Shadow were commissioned by The Wapping Project for the exhibition Undiscovered Landscapes at its now former home, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, in 2011. The complete triptych of films premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery in September 2016.

 

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s ERASE AND FORGET at BERLINALE 09.02.17

Our first project supported through The Wapping Project Commissions will premiere at this year’s Berlinale in the Panorama Dokumente section.

Premiere: Saturday 11 Feb, 8pm, CineStar 7

Further Screenings: 
Sunday 12 Feb, 2:30pm, CineStar 7
Monday 13 Feb, 10pm, Zoo Palast 2
Friday 17 Feb, 5pm, International

The advance ticket sales start on Monday, February 6 at 10.00 am (CET).
For tickets, please check the Berlinale website

Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s feature documentary is a portrait of Bo Gritz. Lt. Col. James Gordon ‘Bo’ Gritz – “the American Soldier” for the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam War – is one of the most decorated combatants in US history. The inspiration behind RAMBO, Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (THE A-TEAM) and Brando’s Colonel Kurtz (APOCALYPSE NOW), Gritz was at the heart of American military and foreign policy – both overt and covert – from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

Bo was financed by Clint Eastwood and William Shatner, who supported his ‘deniable’ missions searching for American POWs in Vietnam. He has exposed US government drug running, turning against the Washington elite as a result. He has run for President, created a homeland community in the Idaho Wilderness and trained Americans in strategies of counter-insurgency against the incursions of their own government.

Bo has also killed at least 400 people. Often in the most appalling ways.

He embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradiction.

Today, Bo lives in the Nevada desert where he once secretly trained Afghan Mujahedeen. He is loved and admired by his community. He sleeps with many weapons. He finds it hard to sleep…

Filmed over 10 years, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s portrait is an artist’s perspective of an individual and a country in crisis. She explores the implications on a personal and collective level of identities founded on a profound, even endemic violence. She examines the propagation of that violence through Hollywood and the mass media, the arms trade and ongoing governmental policy.

Deploying confessional and exploratory interviews, news and cultural footage, creative re-enactment and previously unseen archive material (Afghan Mujahadeen and proof of the CIA’s drug-dealing out of South East Asia), the film proposes a multi-layered investigation of war as a social structure, a way of being for individuals and countries. In what is becoming an era of ‘permanent conflict’.

Moving far beyond political reportage or investigation, necessary as they are, lies a compelling enquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability (whether to oneself or others). When redemption is no longer an option, the psyche needs to find other ways to live with itself. ERASE AND FORGET asks what those ways might be. It looks into the heart of darkness; it looks for slivers of light.

The Lady from the Sea 28.10.16

Thomas Zanon-Larcher and Jules Wright

On show at Kronenboden, Schwedenstrasse 16, 13357 Berlin.

In an immersive film installation shot north of the Arctic Circle and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, Ellida is played by Lianna Fowler, Doctor Wangel by Angus Wright and The Stranger by Patrick O’Brien. The work is photographed by Thomas Zanon-Larcher and directed by Jules Wright. The music is by Billy Cowie.

Shot in Svalbard in Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Isfjord Radio, Ny-Ålesund and Longyearbyen in the heart of an incomprehensible wilderness of inexpressible beauty, this modern re-telling of The Lady from the Sea captures a Bergman-like intensity. The environment shaped the performances, which were played out in the emptiness of the vast world these essentially lonely people choose to inhabit.

The work was first shown in London in 2013.

A book of the work is published by Black Dog and available to buy in our shop.

The Wapping Project Commissions Launch 21.09.16

The Wapping Project Commissions was launched on 21 September 2016, at Regent Street Cinema with a special preview screening of a new feature length film by Andrea Luka Zimmermann and new writing by Alice Butler, Lavinia Greenlaw and Sophie Mayer on Transition, Transformation and Transience.

Wednesday 21 September
Regent Street Cinema,
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW