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.