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Film: Watch and Chill 3.0
Streaming Suspense

Past program

Fri 19 Jan, 6–11pm (Past)

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Sat 20 Jan, 6–11pm (Past)

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Sun 21 Jan, 6–11pm (Past)

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Mon 22 Jan, 6–11pm (Past)

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Tue 23 Jan, 6–11pm (Past)

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Free entry

NGV International

Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
Ground Level

Hearing loops and accessible seating are available.

Watch and Chill is a drop-by film screening event, initiated by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) in 2021 which, brings together museums, artists and audiences through the experience of moving-image works from across the globe. Watch and Chill 3.0: Streaming Suspense sees MMCA partnering with TONO, a festival of time-based artwork in Mexico City, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and NGV, with curators Jihoi Lee, Samantha Ozer, Trevor Smith, and NGV curators Dr Timothy Moore and Amita Kirpalani.

The third season of Watch and Chill explores the ways in which storytelling and imaging conjure immersion and suspense that oscillate between dystopian imageries and speculative possibilities. The works are organised under five themes: Landscape under Moonlight, Assembly of Evidence, Mutable Corpus, Performance of the Undead, and Post-dystopian Worldbuilding.

Films screening from 19–23 January

Landscape under Moonlight: five films

Landscape under Moonlight captures the moment when the sense of sublime becomes a reality. It spotlights the psychological changes of entering into an unknown territory that is not like home.

Cosmovision (2023)
Dir: Garush Melkonyan
22 mins

In 1977, NASA sent two probes into space, as part of a study of Jupiter, Saturn, and the outer solar system. The two probes contained onboard the “Golden Record”, which contained, in coded form in a phonograph record, a message intended for extraterrestrial intelligence made up of a hundred photographs, sounds, noises, and speeches from Earth. The video depicts an extraterrestrial life that arrives on Earth with the aim of discovering its inhabitants, guided solely by the vision offered by the “Golden Record.”

ANDRA8: my favourite software is being here (2020 – 2021)
Dir: Allison Nguyen
19 mins

This film depicts Andra8, a simulacral subaltern created by an algorithm and raised by the Internet in isolation in a virtual void. From the apartment where she has been ‘placed’ Andra8 works as a digital labourer, surviving off the data from her various ‘freemium’ jobs as a virtual assistant, a data janitor, a life coach, an aspiring influencer, and content creator.

Rider 1 (Darq Windows) (2020)
Dir: Nic Hamilton
2 mins, 39 secs

Darq Windows is a video created to accompany Gila’s track Darq Windows. It portrays a contemporary display home with clean lines and superior finishes: marble countertops, polished concrete, and designer fixtures and fittings. The rendering looks more real than reality, but there is something not quite right, uncanny even. As fire burns, and liquid bubbles up through the vents, it is these glitches between the virtual and the real, which provide a window for people to make their own meaning after understanding the veneer of the constructed human world.

489 years (2015)
Dir: Hayoun Kwon
11 mins, 7 secs

489 Years presents a 3D virtual space that relies on twenty-four cameras providing a 360-degree display whereby viewers can step into the DMZ for a virtual experience. Raising questions about individual and collective memories, Kwon explores the reality and fiction found inbetween intention and interpretation, recollection and fictionality, memory and fabrication.

Arcadia (2015 – 2017)
Dir: Mineung Jang
49 mins, 14 secs

In Arcadia, Jang captures the scenery of Towangseong Falls at Mt. Seorak, a pilgrimage site for mountaineers. This existential narrative of challenging the sublimity of nature is placed in contrast to fantastic rock formations.

Reassembly of Evidence: five films

How are images of crime produced? How do we recognize that something went wrong? “Reassembly of Evidence” deals with forensic efforts to find traces of violence in history or fictional narratives. Through the use of non-linear narratives created by adopting the strategy of reassembling existing evidence, it reveals hidden truths that are not easily brought to light. At the same time, it delves into the ambiguity of the boundary between good and wicked, and moral propriety and social evils.

El Más Allá Mexicano (The Mexican Beyond) (2020)
Dir: Paloma Contreras Lomas
8 mins

Through investigation and by approaching certain groups or communities, Contreras Lomas’ work contains affective bonds and, on occasions, a hint of autobiographical projection. El Más Allá Mexicano (The Mexican Beyond) (2020) by Paloma Contreras Lomas captures the landscape as a witness and archive of memories. It documents the evidence of violence inflicted on Central America in its relationship to the Northern Hemisphere, including mining, organized crime, and drugs.

Demonic (2018)
Dir: Pia Borg
28 mins, 13 secs

Pia Borg is Maltese-Australian filmmaker who uses film and video installations to question how reality is mediated. In the film Demonic, Borg revisits the infamous Satanic Panic of the 1980s, a mass hysteria where people around the world recovered memories of debauchery, murder, human sacrifice and satanic cults. Blending archive and reconstruction the film uncovers the forces at play between psychiatry, media, and false memory forty years on from the historical events.

Port Saïd, Santa Cruz, Sarmad Kashani (2022)
Dir: Lior Shamriz
14 mins

Lior Shamriz describes Port Saïd, Santa Cruz, Sarmad Kashani as “a triptych about projections on bodies, made by projecting on my body.” The film brings together two different research projects Shamriz had undertaken. One involved a woman from Port Saïd who lived in the 1880s onto whose photographic image various writers had projected disparate identities for dramatically different purposes. The other is a story of the boundary-crossing 17th century Persian-speaking Armenian poet, Sarmad Kashani who though born Jewish became a Sufi saint. Shamriz’ film offers a poetic meditation on desire and the mutability of identity.

Poietics of Pantun/Pantoum/Tuntun/Tanaga… (featuring berukera, B*ntang786, ToNewEntities, Alden and Lé Luhur from Autaspace) (2021-ongoing)
Dir: Fyerool Darma
7 mins, 57 secs

Fyerool Darma lives and works in Singapore. He draws on an extensive visual vocabulary from popular culture, archival material, literary references, the Internet, and the artist’s lived experiences in his work. This film follows the traces of “Pantun,” a type of Malay traditional oral poetry after the colonial era. Its common themes include ancestral network databases, non-human entities, the laws of nature, values, and science. The artist connects the existence of the poetry and how it transforms in the multiverse.

A Scene (2021)
Dir: Jung Jaekyung
50 mins

The performance A Scene opens with a rehearsal in a contemporary theatre where two actors portray characters in a play based on Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment.” The structure of “A Scene” illustrates the process of the two actors grappling with how to interpret a character committing a double murder. They repeatedly perform variations of the crime scene. The actors strive to incarnate a human figure torn between the extremes of human ideals and destructive impulses that are realized through murder.

Mutable Corpus: six films

In this theme, artists explore the phenomenon that occurs when the body changes in different space-times from the effects of viruses that are parasitic on the body to the throngs of a massive crowd. We put our bodies at risk by shape-shifting; the body also reveals the emergence of a new life or a hard truth.

Party on the CAPS (2018-2019)
Dir: Meriem Bennani
25 mins, 28 secs

In a world where teleportation has replaced planes, a wacky crocodile named Fiona tells of life on the CAPS: an island-turned-refugee-camp for illegal immigrants caught mid-teleportation. Themes of displacement, biotechnology and privacy are evoked through the augmented reality of a raucous birthday party in the Moroccan quarter of the CAPS.

Sweaty Scales (2019)
Dir: Liang Luscombe
13 mins, 33 secs

The practice of Australian artist Liang Luscombe mobilizes painting, sculpture, and the moving image to engage in a process of generative questioning of how images and film affect audiences. Luscombe often takes a humorous approach to examine the techniques deployed in the constructed worlds of television and film, which is evident in the work Sweaty Scales. Among the colorful sets, sculpture and puppetry, the film stars a couple: Lisa, an Asian American woman, and her Caucasian American partner Oliver who constantly perspires throughout the story. (Is he just a sweaty guy or does he have yellow fever?) In a playful manner, this film delves into the effects of racial and gender-based stereotypes commonly portrayed in film, television, and advertising.

XXI (2021)
Dir: Luiz Roque
7 mins

Luiz Roque’s work crosses different territories, such as the genre of science fiction, the legacy of Modernism, pop-culture and queer bio-politics, in order to understand and propose ingenious and visually sensual narratives. Soundtracked by a trance-inflected score developed in collaboration with musician Ismael Pinkler, XXI guides viewers through the Buenos Aires cityscape: from a car wheel spinning towards dancer Andrés Andino as he vogues down an alley in angel wings, past vast glass lobbies in the upscale Palermo neighbourhood, into an apartment where two men dance.

Fetish Puppies Break Free! (2019)
Dir: Lior Shamriz
14 mins

Lior Shamriz dropped out of the army at nineteen and began making films, music and publications. After living a decade in Berlin, they are now based in California where they produce narrative films, short documentaries, film essays, as well as numerous poetry video commissions. Moving through time and across cultures, this experimental comedy scrambles Nazi-era Germany with the cultural zeitgeist in the US following the 2016 election.

Come Back Alive Baby (2017)
Dir: Song Sanghee
17 mins

Come Back Alive Baby deals with the end of the world, salvation, apocalyptic condition and the energy of new formation based on the folk tale of “a baby commander”, a tragic hero story. Through video, drawing, and text, she presents variations of “a new life force” rising even from the extreme situations of despair and extinction such as one in which individuals are sacrificed for the stability of a country or a group; a great famine and the bankruptcy of a local government; ruins due to the worst nuclear power plant accident in history.

Films screening from from 24–28 Jan

Watch and Chill continues from 24 Jan with fourteen more films that explore two new themes: Performance of the Undead and Post-dystopian Worldbuilding. Closing out this drop-by film screening event at EXTRA, discover moving image works from an array of international artists, designers and film-makers.

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Meriem Bennani, Pia Borg, Club Ate (Justin Shoulder, Bhenji Ra), Fyerool Darma, Cécile B. Evans, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Chitra Ganesh, Nic Hamilton, Hayoun Kwon, Minseung Jang, Jaekyung Jung, siren eun young jung, Paloma Contreras Lomas, Liang Luscombe, Garush Melkonyan, Alison Nguyen, Park Chan-kyong, Luiz Roque, Jacolby Satterwhite, Skawennati, Lior Shamriz, Sanghee Song, Karina Utomo and Cūrā8.

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