Open City Documentary Festival

Combined Programme 2

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Curzon Soho
 

This combined programme includes recent work by Graeme ArnfieldJooyeon Lee, Gerard Ortín Castellví.

Future Foods
Gerard Ortín Castellví | 2021 | Spain, UK | 21’ | digital

“Food out of Thin Air”. Future Foods centres around a recorded telephone conversation in which the CEO of the Finnish Food Tech company discusses a new protein product developed through a cutting-edge process of microbe fermentation. Produced from water, electricity and air, “Solein” is the world’s most sustainable protein and is not limited by land availability or the use of animals, agriculture and aquaculture. The interview unfolds over images collected within the workshop of a UK prop manufacturer that observe – from beginning to end – the production process of fake meat made for film and television: from moulding and casting to hand painting the skin of a plastic cooked chicken. Continuing his exploration of the intersections between technology, industry and ecology, Ortín’s film presents a strange and troubling vision for the food of tomorrow.

Back to Back
Jooyeon Lee | 2021 | Republic of Korea | 7’ | digital

Filmed during lockdown, Back to Back is a performance film about care centred around a phone conversation between a cleaning agency employee and a woman trying to empty a locked fridge. When the two women meet-up they engage in a strange dance through the streets of Seoul, locked together back-to-back in a movement of mutual support and dependence.

Pervading Animal
Graeme Arnfield | 2021 | UK | 31’ | digital

Graeme Arnfield’s kaleidoscopic essay film revolves around the story of Dr. Joseph Popp, an evolutionary biologist and architect of one of the earliest known examples of ransomware. In 1989, Dr. Popp distributed 20,000 floppy disks containing what would come to be known as the digital AIDS virus – a malevolent trojan horse that scrambled the contents of the victims’ computers and offered to unlock them only in return for a ‘licensing fee.’ Working with a range of digitally manipulated found footage, Arnfield explores the legacy of Popp’s virus drawing surprising connections to the US invasion of Panama, the construction of a butterfly conservatory in New York and the aesthetics of computational art.

In partnership with the Institut Ramon Llul

Followed by a conversation with Graeme Arnfield, Jooyeon Lee & Gerard Ortín Castellví



Graeme Arnfield
(b. 1991, UK) is an artist filmmaker, curator and composer living in London, raised in Cheshire, UK. Producing sensory essay films from networked imagery his films use methods of investigative storytelling to explore issues of circulation, spectatorship and history. Research topics have included: the politics of digital networks, the distribution of ecological matter such as peat and asbestos and the adaptive circulation of global and local histories. His work has been presented worldwide including Berlinale Forum Expanded, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Sonic Acts Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, IMPAKT Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, LUX, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Whitechapel Gallery and on e-flux & Vdrome. He graduated with a Masters in Experimental Cinema at Kingston University.

Jooyeon Lee documents and visually composes the political influence of loneliness through films, drawings, and writings. 2020 Back to Back 2020 The Ermines 2019 Witch Wander Whistle 2018 Golden Week.

Gerard Ortín Castellví (b. 1988, Barcelona) is an artist and filmmaker. After completing an MFA at Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), he finished an MA in Artists’ Film and Moving Image at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is currently doing a PhD and has tought Critical Studies. He has exibited at Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), Tabakalera (Donostia-San Sebastián), Stedelijk Museum Buro of Amsterdam (Amsterdam), and Office for Contemporary Art (Oslo). His works have been screened in places like the Anthology Film Archives (NY), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), LUX (London) and festivals like Punto de Vista (Pamplona), and Visions du Réel (Nyon). His film Reserve received the mention of the best short at the 42 edition of Festival Cinéma du Réel (Paris).