JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES
John Giorno/Antonello Faretta, Keren Cytter, Maria Petschnig, Patrycja German, Jaan Toomik/J. Paavle/R. Laius, Karol Radziszewski, Deborah Schamoni, Paolo Mezzacapo de Cenzo
The title of the compilation JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES is borrowed from the eponymous video, and is in line with the work as statement and clear commentary on the current increasingly recognizable conservative backlash. In their short video, filmmakers John Giorno and Antonello Faretta unabashedly celebrate hedonism with an emphatic gentleness and poke fun at conservative positions in a lyrical speech act. The aim of the compilation is to cast a multi-part glance from various perspectives and geo-political contexts on body and gender roles as well as sexual politics.
Antonello Faretta (JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES):
Born in 1973 in Potenza. Among his works Lei lo Sa, Da Dove Vengono le Storie?, Il Vento, la Terra, il Grasso sulle Mani, 20Venti, Silenced Thoughts, Nine Poems in Basilicata and Transiti. His films have been featured in international film festivals, tv networks, art galleries and museums throughout the world. In 2002 he founded the independent production company, Noeltan Film Studio which produces his own works as well as those of young international authors. In 2004 he created the Atelier del Cinema and the Potenza International Film Festival which he also directs and for which in 2006 he received the prestigious Targa per Meriti Culturali from the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano. His last and original work The Garden of Hope had international premiere in Rotterdam International Film Festival and was awarded at FrontDoc 2010 as "best film."
John Giorno (JUST SAY NO TO FAMILY VALUES):
An innovator of poets performing, John Giorno elevated Spoken Word to a high Art form. Born on December 4th, 1936, Giorno´s career spans fifty years. In 1965 he founded the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems and organized a number of early multimedia poetry experiments and events including Dial-A-Poem. He became prominent as the subject of Andy Warhol´s film Sleep (1963). He is also an AIDS activist and fundraiser, and a long-time practitioner of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to his collaborations with Burroughs, Giorno has produced 55 LPs, tapes, videos and books. He continues to perform at poetry festivals and events. Giorno´s work: written, performed, recorded and filmed, and presented, has been a revolution and changed the way the world views poetry.
Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keren Cytter (DER SPIEGEL):
Born in 1977 in Israel, studied art at de Ateliers, Amsterdam (2002-2004). Her work has been shown in renowned art spaces such as Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Kunsthalle Zurich; MUMoK, Vienna; Lyon Biennial; Cubitt Artists, London; Manifesta 7; Venice Biennale and in StUK, Leuven. She has published two novels, Yesterday\u2019s Sunset (2003), and The Man Who Climbed Up the Stairs of Life and Found Out They Were Cinema Seats (2005).
Maria Petschnig (KIP MASKER):
Born in 1977 in Klagenfurt, Austria, Maria Petschnig studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, the Royal College of Art, London and at the Wimbledon School of Art, London. In 2010 she had a solo exhibition at the Stadtturmgalerie, Innsbruck, Austria with accompanying catalog. Petschnig´s work was recently on view in Greater New York 2010 at MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY (2010); Which Witch is Which? and/or Summertime at White Flag Projects, St Louis, MO (2010); Robert Melee´s Talent Show at The Kitchen, New York, NY (2010); Triennale Linz 1.0 at Museum of Modern Art, Linz-Lentos, Austria; Alpha & at On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2010); Born to Perform at 179 Canal, New York, NY (2009); Creative Migration at The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, NY (2009). Videos (Selection): DE NIÑA A MUJER (2011), Born to Perform (2009), Pareidolia (2008), Minnie (2008), KIP MASKER (2007), Scopophilic (2006), Peep (2003).)
Patrycja German (SCHENKELDÜCKEN / LEG WRESTLING):
Born 1979 in Wroclaw, Poland. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany (master sudies by Ernst Caramelle). Several grantsand awards (e.g. Schindler- Stipendium Los Angeles, Artists and Architects in Residency Program of MAK Vienna, 2010; HAP Grieshaber-Preis, 2009; Saar-Ferngas-Preis for Young Art, 2008 (1. prize); Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, 2007). Several participations in solo and group shows. Since 2002 she mainly works as performance artist. Her performances are test arrangements, in which the observer gains the role of a participant.
Jaan Toomik (INVISIBLE PEARLS):
Born 1961; lives and works in Tallinn. Toomik is a video artist and a painter. The critics oftenrefer to him internationally as the most well-known contemporary artist from Estonia mainly due to his short video works that have received wide international acclaim (e.g. Father and Son, 1998). He has participated at the Sao Paulo Biennale (1994), ARS ´95 (1995), Manifesta 1 (1996), Venice Biennale (1997; 2003), 4th Berlin biennial of contemporary art (2006), Mediation Biennale Poznan (2008, 2010) etc. Several solo and group shows. He works at the Estonian Academy of Arts as a professor. Films (Selection): OLEG (2010), Jaanika (2007), Communion (2007), Dad and Son II (2007), Invisible Pearls(2004), Dancing with Dad (2003), Liina (2003), Peeter and Mart (2001/02).
Karol Radziszewski (FAG FIGHTERS: PROLOGUE):
Born in BiaŁystok in 1980, currently lives and works in Warsaw. He received his degree in painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2004. Radziszewski is the originator and co-creator of The Flying Szu Szu Gallery as well as founder, publisher, editor, and head of DIK Fagazine. Radziszewski actively seeks and initiates diverse means of communication as a painter, performer, and pubic intervener. For his projects he chooses media from the classic (painting, drawing, photography) to the experimental (working with space, videoart, multimedia, blog). In his work, the artist questions the neo-avant-garde tradition and the stereotypes present in contemporary culture.
Deborah Schamoni (DEAD DEVILS DEATH BAR):
Deborah Schamoni is a Berlin-based filmmaker, director and artist. She studied cinematography in Prague and since 1994 has directed experimental short films and music videos. Her production company Smoczek Policzek creates experimental music videos for clients including members of the "Hamburg School" (Die Goldenen Zitronen, Blumfeld, egoexpress, etc.) and Chicks on Speed, which are shown at festivals and art exhibitions. Since 2002, Deborah Schamoni and Judith Hopf have been collaborating on experimental film projects.
Paolo Mezzacapo de Cenzo (UNDER WATER);
Born 1951 in Venice, where he also died in 1996.
Artist, performer, filmmaker and music expert. For text+kritik and the opera in Frankfurt (Germany) he wrote several essays and comments about discographies (e.g. Mozart, Mahler, Bellini). Lived in London, Vienna, Taormina (Sicily) and Venice.
Films (Selection): Medea (1994/95), La Casa (1992/93), Lesbian Party (1985), Endimione (1985), Empty Frames (Part I, Part II) (1980), Elektra (1973/74), Under Water (1971).