Entrée + BFK kunstfilm:
Dream Journal by Jon Rafman
Shorts by Claudia Maté
at Bergen Filmklubb
Claudia Maté, Inside Out (2015).
Jon Rafman is an interdisciplinary artist merging photography, sculpture, video, virtual reality, and installation. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of online worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present. He examines the relationship between memory and data, and the ways in which they are corruptible, fragmentary, and subject to decay. His video works are pulling references from popular culture, Hollywood, videogames, 1980s adventure films starring kids, body horror, slime aesthetics, Dungeons and Dragons, and LARPing.
He is carrying forward the tradition of the Romantic explorer into new virtual worlds in the hour-long series ‘Dream Journal 2016-2017’ of freeform narratives created by hobbyist CG animation softwares. In the video, two female protagonists embark upon a Dantean journey across strange landscapes and phantasmagorical spaces, encountering a host of recurring characters; often hybrids between human, monster and animal. Unconscious fantasies find voice through the vernacular of virtual worlds, as primeval, libidinous encounters unfold in a series of surreal sequences. The film is scored by experimental musicians Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro.
Claudia Maté lives and work in Paris. She works in a large area of new media and online based works. Her works come from a variety of formats including programming, 3D, video, videogames, VR, GIF and sound. She is Co-founder and curator at cloaque.org. Her work manages to blend the familiar with the odd, and the futuristic with strange retro tropes. She has realised her ambition to fuse the internet and interactive 3D technology into an aesthetic that is non-ideological and defines a never-ending new aesthetic – into a surreal and pixelated world where anything is possible, and nothing is as it seems. Mate’s works has been exhibited internationally in Spain, USA, France, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Switzerland, Netherlands, Venezuela, Korea, Mexico, Greece, Czech Republic, Iran, Peru, Lithuania, UK and online.