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Daria Martin: A Hunger ArtistMore
14 SEP—10 DEZ 2017
Opening 13 SEP, 6 pm
A Hunger Artist is Daria Martin’s most ambitious work to date, bringing together some themes previously explored in her work such as voyeurism, power relations, the surreal, the artist’s myth, and bodily transformations. Her new film is a complex, multi-layered artwork at the intersection of literature, psychology and science that experimentally adapts the modernist masterpiece “A Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka (1922/1924). Published in Kafka’s last days, the story is an ambiguous allegory about a public performer who fasts for weeks to the adulation of hundreds until he is left to perform for unappreciative spectators, and, ultimately, to barely please only himself, unto death.
The film A Hunger Artist (HD with sound, 15 minutes) highlights the contradictory human experience of our bodies as both ‘objects’ and ‘subjects’ – as matter to be quantified and altered on the one hand and as a gateway to phenomenal, lived experience on the other. The Hunger Artist’s obsession with his clock and his impresario’s enumeration of fasting days can be likened to the broader cultural trends towards ‘datafication of the body’ (counting calories and steps, on a smartphone) and towards self-objectification through social media.
A Hunger Artist will be Martin’s first film shot on HD. Over the past 17 years, Martin’s 16mm films aimed to create a continuity between disparate media (such as painting and performance), between people and objects, and between internal and social worlds. In these films human gesture and seductive imagery meet physically mannered artifice in order to pry loose viewers’ learned habits of perception. Subjects such as robots, an archive of dream diaries and card magic are explored within isolated spaces such as the wings of a theatre, a military academy, or a scaled-up modernist sculpture. These protective yet fragmented settings, full of seams and shadows, stand in for the capacities of the film medium itself, a permeable container that consumes and recycles the world at large.