Michael Poetschko presents Zona, an on-going narrative multi-channel video project at Open Source Gallery.
The Zona project spins a “cinematic-philosophical web” that oscillates between poetry and discourse, where places and times collide and stories leak into one another. Networks of images and meanings suggest the multivalent complexity of the contemporary city and the different forms that life takes there. Taking the form of a cinematic essay, the story follows a photographer and a young philosophy student in their searching movements between the fractures and folds in the space-time fabric of the city – between promises and possibilities, accesses and exclusions, images and words. Within this setting, Poetschko builds stories, places, and characters to map out an “urban contact zone” and explores the precarity and porosity of this space as a an “immanent part of the city, our bodies and desires”.
The project will be presented in different variations throughout the three weeks of the exhibition, during which time Poetschko will continue editing on-site and screening iterations of the work. He will create a laboratory of meanings, relations, images, and sounds in a setting within which the audience can interact with the artist in the process of editing and re-editing. The production of this project utilizes experimental ways of working together with an exchange of skills and knowledge outside of the commercial section.
Michael Poetschko (Berlin/Vienna) explores narratives of living/working/travelling/resisting within a post-fordist and transnational reality, working with experimental forms of filmmaking, photography and writing. Poetschko studied Fine Art, Film/Video and Cultural Studies in Vienna, London and Berlin and is co-founder of the art and research platform d/v.
He is currently a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP in New York City.