Last Day of Magic

posted in 2009

Last Day of Magic

53rd Venice Biennial’s official satellite project « Détournement, Venice 2009 » 
Film screenings
Curator: Jan Van Woensel
 – Coordinator : Eleonora Charans

SCALAMATA GALLERY Ghetto Vecchio 1236 
Cannaregio, 30121 Venice Italy
From June 4th to June 26th 2009.

Pierre_Clemens_VideoVideo by : Vanessa Albury, Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock, Armelle Aulestia, Stephan Balleux, blackmoth, Bosko Blagojevic, Sara Blaylock, Rudi Bogaerts, Dolores Bouckaert & Benny Vandendriessche, Monika Bravo, Fia Cielen, Pierre Clemens, Aoife Collins, Marthe Fortun, Anthony Fuller, Pieter Geenen, Matthew Green, Mark Gubb, Bettina Hutschek, Swati Khurana, Melanie Lafille, Lauren Lavitt, Michael Mallis, Jenny Marketou, David Matorin, Yvette Mattern, Jillian McDonald, Martin Murphy, Rebecca Najdowski, Alexandra Navratil, Ruth Oppenheim, Deniz Ozuygur, Jenny Perlin, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Schepens, Tim Segers, Joaquin Segura, Sigga Björg Sigurdardóttir, Eric Van Hove, Ana Wolovick, Frank Zadlo.

Project started as an art and theory workshop at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA, during which the artists were confronted with the suggestion that “today you live, tomorrow you’ll die, what will you do on your last day (of magic)?” In-group, the artists designed rituals about departure and transformation. The rituals are designed with a personal significance and shamanic purpose. They examine the artist’s interpersonal experiences with belief, sacrifice, loss, disappearance, and memory. These rituals were performed on March 28th in Marin County, North of San Francisco, and documented in video. Last Day of Magic was a melancholic journey to the metaphoric edge of the cliff of life where the artists took halt, built a secret community and resided. LAST DAY OF MAGIC Video is an examination of illusion as well as disillusion that magic provides in culture: the search for the intangible; the revealing of deception, the removal of what’s obscuring. Magic changes the perception of reality. Last day of Magic video is a curated film screening about secrets, lies, false beliefs, melancholy, disappearance, tragedy and transgression. Special thanks to: Doron Polak; Amir Cohen; Aimee Friberg; Jessica Rosen; Ted Purves; Leah Singer; Emily Gonzalez; Alison Beth Levy; Orange Alley Projects, SF; Gallery Extrana, Berkeley; Dorsch Gallery, Miami; brot.undspiele Gallery, Berlin; Galerie Adler, Frankfurt; Gallery Jan D’Haese, Ghent; OCA, Oslo; Arena Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; ArtFagCity, NYC; Mireille Mosler Ltd, NYC; ICPAbackstage, NYC.