A screening of The Villages, (2011), a documentary film by Erik Blinderman & Lisa Rave, followed by a discussion with the artists.
The Villages presents two geographically distinct communities as they begin to merge into a singular fictive space. The film focuses on a retirement community – also called ‘The Villages’ – and the former German colonial town of Swakopmund in Nambia, which most recently appeared as the setting for the remake of British sci-fi television series The Prisoner. Blinderman & Rave portray the reconstruction and idealisation of colonial histories by capturing the architecture, borders and social relations of both communities. A narrative is formed between the analogies of spaces and the conventions of documentary film-making, ultimately representing a dystopian space of ever-evolving social segregation within the communities and plotting the transformation of tourism into everyday life.
Erik Blinderman (born 1979, New York) has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004. He studied at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt and was an Associate Artist with LUX. Recent exhibitions include Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (with Lisa Rave, 2011); Wien Kunstlerhaus, Vienna (2010); and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2009).
Lisa Rave (born 1979, Guildford) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Institute of Time-Based Media at Universität der Künste Berlin. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (with Erik Blinderman, 2011); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2011); and Oberhausen Film Festival (2008).
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