Speaking from personal experience and observation, in this seminar we will deconstruct the process of filmmaking for the purpose of art making.
What is film? What is the stuff and what is the non-stuff of filmmaking? What is the difference between shooting film and receiving images? How do I work with other people, truly? What is the picture frame and its cosmic significance? What is respect? The relationship of sound to picture? What is editing and how does it relate to breathing? What is my relationship to the tools I work with? What is my relationship to truth? What does thinking with the body mean? Why is art making ultimately a spiritual practice? What is the work of an artwork? Why do I care and why does everything matter?
To help understand these questions, we will be working as a group and engaging in physical exercises that enhance receptivity, culminating in a “Breathwork” session on the third evening.
Some Film IngredientsMon, Mar 18, 20196:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tue, Mar 19, 20196:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Wed, Mar 20, 20196:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Dara Friedman (b. 1968, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; lives in Miami) is a German-born artist and filmmaker working in Miami. She uses everyday sights and sounds as the raw material for film and video artworks that reverberate with emotional energy. With a background in structural film and dance, Friedman’s cinema calls for a radical reduction of the medium to its most essential material properties. In place of linear storylines, her films typically portray straightforward actions and situations that unfold according to predetermined rules and guidelines.
Yet for all of Friedman’s strenuous logic and discipline, her approach remains unabashedly sensual and emotive. Bearing rich imagery and a strong emphasis on bodily experience, her films generate moments of high-pitched, cathartic intensity as well as serene, even euphoric interludes.
Friedman’s mid-career survey exhibition “Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger” at the Perez Art Museum Miami from 2017-18 was accompanied by a catalog raisonné distributed by Prestel. Solo exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum; Hammer Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Public Art Fund; The Kitchen; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; and SITE Santa Fe. Public collections include Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Julia Stoschek Collection; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst; Rubell Family Collection; Bard College; Colby College; and Hammer Museum. Friedman is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Recently she completed The Empress, a large-scale labyrinth commission designed with her mother Gundula Thormaehlen Friedman.