SINGULARITY, the project that has represented Catalonia at the Venice Biennale, closes its doors on 22 November. Created by the film-maker Albert Serra and curated by Chus Martínez, it was chosen by the jury appointed by the Institut Ramon Llull. It is a 12-hour film which, from 16 December, can also be seen at the Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona.
Critics have highlighted Albert Serra’s unpredictability and subjectivity. Frieze Magazine says that “Like The Names of Christ, SINGULARITY brings a resolutely cinematic practice to the spaces of contemporary art; it is this kind of approach that will continue to revive interest in an adventurous, forward-thinking cinema. But it is the duration and complexity of Serra’s films for cinema, and those of his peers, which will persist in testing contemporary art audiences and definitions of the artists’ feature film. Serra has addressed the issue of duration in playful and provocative ways, not least with the 100-hour film he made for dOCUMENTA (13), The Three Little Pigs (2012), which brought three historical German figures into surprising alignment: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Adolf Hitler”.
“Everything can happen in the presence of Albert Serra. In fact, the unexpected is an integral part of his universe”, writes Aina Pomar in the magazine Art Dependence. “For this reason, he understands the script as a starting point, a guide to be aware of the mise-en-scène, the costumes and technical requirements. His scripts barely have any dialogues, but they contain notes that will help him creating the right situation to develop the characters while shooting.”
For Ginevra Bria, of Art Tribune, Serra’s work is “a subjective review of the history of art and cinema; images that self-generate without a cause and without a destination”.
SINGULARITY arrived in Venice on a wave of international expectation that was launched in March at Tate Modern in London. As part of a season devoted to Albert Serra, there was a first showing of some images from Singularity. After that expectation among the critics ran high and some publications like the German MONOPOL stated that “although it is not part of the national pavilions programme, Catalonia will rise to the occasion”.
This is the first time that Catalonia has been present at the Eventi Collaterali at the Venice Biennale. Since 2012 it has also taken part in the Architecture Biennale and next May will be presenting Aftermath_conseqüències, curated by the architects Jaume Prat and Jelena Prokopljević and the film-maker Isaki Lacuesta.
The project curated by Chus Martínez will represent Catalonia at the Venice Biennale until 22 November
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