Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Omer Fast

In Continuity, commissioned for dOCUMENTA (13), the Berlin-based contemporary filmmaker Omer Fast created a short that disrupts linear storytelling by interjecting what Fast calls "the stuff that gets in the way". The longer we watch, the more contradictory and complicated the story seems to become, leaving it open to widely varying interpretations and unresolved questions of how co-existing truth and fantasy can be manipulated over time.

In an interview with Art21, intercut with scenes from the dramatic short, Fast, who works with film, video, and television footage, discusses his aims for the commission:

My thanks to Art21 for the interview with Fast.

See Continuity (2012), in German with English subtitles, in its entirety (40:34 minutes).

See other online previews, including Fast's 56-minute Everything That Rises Must Converge, a four-channel digital film in English and Spanish. Fast's first feature-length film is Remainder (2015), which premiered last fall at Tate Modern in London.

Omer Fast at James Cohan Gallery ~ The solo exhibition "Omer Fast" at James Cohan in New York City is scheduled for March 25 through April 23.

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