The Long Program: Day One

Siri Hermansen, Chernobyl Mon Amour, 2012
Siri Hermansen, Chernobyl Mon Amour, 2012 (video still), HD video, 19:50 mins. Courtesy the artist © the artist

Exploring the work of artists that are producing long-length experimental or documentary-style works, The Long Program will showcase a selection of artists’ films, with a dedicated space for audiences to enjoy the narrative arc. These films will be presented every day of the exhibition. With beginning and end times, these films deserve concentrated viewing and, as such, are not treated as looped experiences. Presented at Carriageworks, The Long Program will inhabit a small cinema space with a rolling program of screening times throughout the Biennale.

Please see film schedule below, days will alternate with Day Two program.

Session Details

March 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
April 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
May 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
June 2, 4, 6, 8

10.30 am:   Sailor (2010), Norman Leto (96 mins)

A journey into the esoteric and neurotic mind of Leto’s alter ego – a narcissistic, though intellectually gifted, high-school physics teacher. Split loosely into three narrated physics lectures with a particular focus on the biological structure and activity of the brain, Sailor also incorporates an ultra-refined and intricate world of 3D rendering.

12.05 pm:         Siddieqa, Firdaus, Abdallah, Soelayman, Moestafa, Hawwa en Dzoel-kifl, (2004), Joost Conijn (42 mins)

Follows the lives of seven Dutch children, from three to fourteen years old, being raised in the Islamic tradition. Living in trailers on the outskirts of Amsterdam, on the edge of a squatter camp, they live completely autonomously, free of all parental supervision.

1 pm:    Land of Freedom (2012), Siri Hermansen (32 mins)

Land of Freedom documents Hermansen’s time spent with The Yes Farm, a community arts organisation that repaired and established a home for itself in one of Detroit’s many abandoned buildings. They live resourcefully off the land, invested in a highly-conscious economy distinct from material wealth.

1.45 pm:   Sal Paradise (2012), Søren Thilo Funder (20 mins)

Sal Paradise brings together a Mexican desert commune established in 1973, a reincarnated character from Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel On the Road (1957) and a questionable witness to a 1968 massacre in Mexico City. The egalitarian ideals that govern the commune of Los Horcones are pitched against state-sanctioned violence.

2.15 pm:         Four studies of Oslo and New York (2012), Ane Hjort Guttu (15 mins)

Mixing a poetic style with a documentary aesthetic, Guttu’s film considers recent building developments in Norway in relation to twentieth-century arguments for universal access to sunlight and fresh air.

2.45 pm:   Oriental Arch (2009), Nir Evron (18 mins)

Evron’s film takes us on a meditative excursion through the decorative 7 Arches Hotel in East Jerusalem. Once a meeting place for royalty and revolutionaries, 7 Arches lies largely unused yet continues to be obsessively maintained – linen washed, tables set, lavish food prepared.

3.15 pm:         Wlosy/Hair (2012), Agnieszka Polska (46 mins)

Aga and Andrzej live in a community in Krakow in the 1970s. Although strongly inspired by the American hippie movement, the status quo in socialistic Poland provides a very different backdrop: anti-consumerism is redundant because the shops are empty, Catholicism reigns supreme, and what they find when they are finally able to travel to India doesn’t meet their expectations.

4.15 pm:         The Last Smoking Flight (2008), Gabriel Lester 

A silent-film trilogy – that includes a mysterious flight, a ceremonious lottery draw and a sequence of interconnected rooms – in which Lester explores the inward gaze: introspection, reflection, daydreaming and thinking.


Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015