Falling Awake

FALLING AWAKE

Vienna Contemporary 2019

Rosa Aiello, Wojciech Bąkowski, Lucy Beech, Josef Dabernig, Aria Dean, Natalie Djurberg, Michael Franz, Barbara Hammer, Sonia Leimer, Diego Marcon, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Marianna Simnett, Leslie Thornton, Nadim Vardag

In a selection of moving images considering the various modes of examining the contemporary condition – sleepless, aware, in constant tension between technological development, individuality, loss, desire, and mediatic presence – artists recount voyeurism and intimacy as forms of resistance revealing social anxieties along with deeper economic and power structures.

The films chosen present complex subjectivities, narrated or abstracted, at times performed by the artists themselves. Ideas related to transformation, gender, and identity affirmation appear throughout the selection, in flux, augmenting their fictional potential via digital and post-production techniques. Falling Awake envisions the condition of falling as a fundamental state, disrupting traditional modes of seeing and feeling to understand the perpetual mutability of things.

Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile 2018, as part of Falling Awake at Vienna Contemporary 2019.
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile 2018, as part of Falling Awake at Vienna Contemporary 2019.
Lucy Beech, Reproductive Exile 2018, as part of Falling Awake at Vienna Contemporary 2019.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Something for the Boys, 2018 as part of Falling Awake at Vienna Contemporary 2019.