Fundació Joan Miró presents Insomnia, an exhibition about film as a material for contemporary art. Curated by Neus Miró, the show brings together several international artists who have explored film in the period from the sixties to the present.

The selected artists take an experimental approach to working with the properties of film, unfettered by the demands of the film industry. The works in the exhibition modify the conventions of cinema from three different perspectives: by analysing the convergence of photography and cinema, modifying traditional forms of projection and creating new kinds of viewing spaces, and renewing the models of film narrative.

From 22 March to 16 June, Fundació Joan Miró hosts Insomnia, a selection of works that have been conceived to be projected in museums and galleries, invading the exhibition space or inviting visitor participation. These art spaces have allowed artists greater freedom than the strict confines of the film industry and its distribution channels.

The exhibition includes works by Hollis Frampton, Stan VanDerBeek, Dan Graham, Ben Rivers and Stan Douglas, as well as pieces by Lis Rhodes and Peter Kubelka, whose work is exhibited here for the first time inSpain.

The title of the exhibition comes from the sentence that Hollis Frampton used to conclude his 1971 text analysing the relationship between cinema and still photography, and its distinctive features: “Film has finally attracted its own Muse. Her name is Insomnia.” Frampton argued that film became obsolete with the introduction of video, and then it re-appeared as an art form; this is why it needs a muse.

This new perspective led Frampton and the other artists included in this show to explore film language in a range of different ways: they worked on the relationship between moving images and still photography, they sought new forms of projection and created new spaces for cinema, or else they explored new film narratives that moved away from the usual storylines of fiction or documentary cinema.

Fundació Joan Miró   22.03.2013 -16.06.2013

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