03.11. – 17.11
In collaboration with Tromsø Kunstforening, throughout the winter we will screen a selection of films from the Artists’ Film International network in our kiosk-kino in Havneterminal, Tromsø, around the theme Care.
Mihály Stefanovicz, 2021 (HU/NO)
10 min (Selected by Tromsø Kunstforening)
Four ultra runners perform on treadmills, staged in gyms and private apartments throughout Norway. For the runner on the treadmill, landscapes are no longer of any use, the soil is far outdated. The treadmill is the mill is the wheel; perpetually turning without ever touching the ground, suspending the runner in virtual distance, eliminating the notion of a journey. The final goal is solely the ecstasy of fatigue.
Mihály Stefanovicz (b. 1991, Hungary) is a visual artist working with video, photography and performance. At the centre of his practice are mundane, monotonous and often repetitive acts such as sleeping, walking and running.
Mihály attended The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, and earned a BA in Photography (2015). He graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from the Tromsø Academy of Arts in 2020. Currently he lives and works in Tromsø (NO), where he passionately practises fly fishing & fly tying which he attempts to integrate into his practice.
Breakfast in Bed
Kenneth Tam, 2016 (US)
32 min (Selected by Hammer Museum, US)
Part social experiment, part absurdist theatre, Breakfast in Bed explores male-to-male intimacy, roleplay, and constructions of masculinity. For the video, Tam recruited seven non-actors from online forums such as Craigslist and Reddit to participate in a mock men’s social club. Occupying a stage-like domestic space built within the artist’s studio, participants engaged in team-building activities, ritual-like movement exercises, and sincere exchanges of affirmation. Despite their lack of affiliation with one another before filming, these activities seem to foster a sense of tenderness among strangers. Employing playful improvisation and guided collaboration, Tam’s project undermines normative male social conventions and deconstructs codes of behaviour. Participants: Gilberto Arriaga, BenCorley, Phillip Dickey, Bruce Dolen, Niko Flores,Spencer Freeman, Trevor Meek
Kenneth Tam’s (b.1982, US) work takes the form of video installations that include moving imageworks and sculpture, and explores gender performativity and broader themes of the negotiation of identity. His work has been exhibited at The Sculpture Center, MIT List Visual Arts Center,and the Hammer Museum amongst other institutions. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union.
Artists’ Film International: CARE
In 2021, after lockdowns were becoming the norm, the AFI network selected care as its theme. As the virus rippled out across the globe, the importance of care in all of its facets became tangible, a social and environmental necessity visible at the infrastructural, economic, personal and physiological levels. At our present moment, we see care being exhibited at the most difficult times, as acts of resistance, as solidarity.
Artists’ Film International is a partnership of 18 international art centres that celebrates moving-image. Every year, each organisation selects a film from an artist connected to their region, based on a collectively agreed theme.
We will show 3 different selections of films consecutively at Kinobox until 12.01.2024. A fourth selection will screen at TKF: Hvilhaug 25.11-17.12. The screening of these programmes tie into TKF’s recent move to the former Hvilhaug Sykehjem (care home) where we will focus on care and the community.
Artists’ Film International (AFI) is a partnership of 18 international organisations that celebrates moving image: Bag Factory, Johannesburg; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA; Belgrade Culture Centre, Belgrade; Center for Contemporary Art Afghanistan (CCAA); Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires; GAMeC, Bergamo; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; MMAG Foundation, Amman; Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; NBK, Berlin; Para Site, Hong Kong; Project 88, Mumbai; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø; Whitechapel Gallery, London
We are grateful for funding from Tromsø Kommune and Norsk Kulturrådet to build the kiosk-kino and support from Tromsø Havn/Havneterminalen in housing it. This project would not have been possible without the help and support of Tromsø Kunstforening and Polar Film Lab. The AFI programme is funded through Tromsø Kommune, Troms og Finnmark Fylke and Kultur og Likestillings Departementet.