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David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, The Outlands, 2011, production still; Anne Landa Award David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, The Outlands, 2011, production still; Anne Landa Award
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haines & hinterding win anne landa award

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has announced that David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have won the $25,000 acquisitive Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts. Their large-scale screen work The outlands invites you to manipulate alone or together two twigs that trigger massive environmental changes to refracting, crystalline worlds light years from video game violence and scenic literalism. The award exhibition, Unguided tours, curated by Justin Paton (art critic, author and senior curator at Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand) is well worth a look with each of the works discretely housed. Other engaging works are by Rachel Khedoori (Australia/USA), Jae Hoon Lee (Korea/New Zealand), Arlo Mountford (Australia), Charlie Sofo (Australia) and Ian Burns (Australia/USA). Unguided tours: Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2011, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, to July 10

politics & the wild western at acmi

German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s American Night is a five-channel installation that “embraces the conventions of the Western film genre, deconstruct(ing) the myths surrounding the foundation of America and offer(ing) a scathing commentary on recent US foreign policy. Using settings that are commonly associated with Westerns—a communal campfire, the local saloon, a log cabin where a woman waits alone, a deserted main street and a lone rider travelling across a rugged landscape—American Night offers an alternative view of freedom, one where satire and the unexpected are never far away. Filmed in southern Spain and the Canary Islands on an original Sergio Leone film set, the title of the installation refers to the filmmaking technique of shooting ‘day-for-night’, also known as ‘American night’, a practice that was commonly employed during the making of Westerns. On one channel, a group of cowboys huddle around a campfire discussing freedom and their right to carry a gun, with their conversation consisting entirely of quotations lifted from pop-culture figures such as film director Jean-Luc Godard, rapper 50 Cent, and former actor and National Rifle Association President, Charlton Heston. On another channel, George Bush and Barack Obama appear as the characters in a puppet show being played out in a saloon” (ACMI press release).

Rosefeldt’s work has been shown at the Bienal de São Paolo, Athens Biennial, PS1 (New York), British Film Institute (London), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and the Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington). In 2007, he was awarded the Filmstiftung NRW Award at the KunstFilmBiennale Köln for his film work, Lonely Planet, and won the Vattenfall Contemporary 2010, assigned in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin. He currently resides in Berlin. Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, Gallery 2, ACMI, Melbourne, June 21-July 31

tanja liedtke documentary at sydney film festival

Much admired at its premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, Life in Movement, an 80-minute tribute to the late choreographer Tanja Liedtke by writer-director-producers Sophie Hyde and Bryan Mason, will be screened in competition at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. The FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize is open to factual films of any length with a cash prize of

$10,000 to be presented at SFF’s Closing Night ceremony June 19. Life in Movement traces the journey of Liedtke’s collaborators 18 months after her accidental death in 2007 as they internationally tour her award-winning productions with footage of performances and archival material of the artist at work. Life in Movement, Sydney Film Festival, June 18, 6.15pm, http://sff.org.au/

RealTime issue #103 June-July 2011 pg. 22

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