The film and video series TMI – curated by Aykan Safoğlu & Todd Sekuler – will accompany a Larry Clark retrospective on display at C/O Berlin – International Forum For Visual Dialogues. The series has been created to reflect upon the dynamics of working across, through and against generational differences. ‘TMI’ – or ‘too much information’ – signifies the transgression of barriers of privacy and intimacy, and the centrality of resistance in narratives of family and community. The series hones in on issues of alleged danger or contagion, seeking to unpack them and to explore how emotions such as fear and shame are critical to creating and maintaining cultures of censorship and taboo. Beyond the dualisms of the acceptable and the taboo, the public and the personal, and the self and the other, the series delves into the neoliberal power structures that regulate social and political dynamics of ‘excess’. It explores personal and sociopolitical aspects of generational transformations and resists essentialized notions of time, space and experience.
The series will open on June 5 with Annika Eriksson’s Berlin premiere of It Did Happen Soon (2012). This video work emerges from research done into the writings and experiences of iconic Berlin based collective Kommune 1, often described as Germany’s first politically motivated commune. Here the experiences of some of the leading figures and of the movement are pushed into temporal ambiguity as the narrative around the desire and drive for transformation is transported into an ambiguous time and space. Documentary material merges with material from science fiction narratives in a three-part loop delivered by a young actor.
Annika Eriksson: It Did Happen Soon, video still, 2012; Courtesy of the artist and NON Gallery Istanbul + KROME Gallery Berlin.
(Full program below the jump)