Constructed Sceneries

SMBA: project space of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
14.09-16.11 2013

Co-curated with Yael Messer

Cityscapes (15.09-03.10.13)
Arthur Zmijewski - A Dream of Warsaw (2005)
Nevet Yitzhak - Salute (2004)
Gabriel Lester - Urban Surface (2005)
Outskirts (03-16.10.13)
Amir Yatziv - This is Jerusalem, Mr. Pasolini (2012)
Marjolijn Dijkman - Surviving New Land (2009)
Jan Dibbets - 6 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective (2009)
Communities (17-31.13)
Maria Pask - Little Millet (2009)
Dmirty Venkov - Mad Mimes (2012)
Landscapes (02-16.11.13)
Allan Sekula and Noël Burch - The Forgotten Space (2010)

The film programme Constructed Sceneries - which is part of  the Scenographies exhibition at SMBA (curator: Clair Butcher) - explores the different ways in which artists use cinematic apparatus to re-contextualize and challenge standard perspectives of public surroundings. This curated selection combines film projects from SKOR’s archive, setting them alongside other video works which actively blur the borders between “natural” landscapes, urbancontexts, staged environments and imaginary terrains. Each piece makes use of the inherent fictional aspects of filmmaking as well as cinematic tools – such as a voice-over, editing, frame composition – to divulge the makings of “place” and the mechanisms that allow such constructions. The programme surrounds twobroad areas of SKOR’s activities over the last years – the cityscape and the countryside – while simultaneously underlining the importance of the point of view of the spectator/resident/visitor in framing these seemingly different arenas.