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Kunst Film Fest #3, Part IV: Post-Pop

Post-pop music can be broadly defined as following the end of pop music while paradoxically being unable to develop a new musical style independent from pop. This inadequacy has inspired many musicians to not only reinvent their stage performance but also their music videos for which they often borrow visuals and aesthetics from contemporary art. The visual arts on the other hand have been increasingly influenced by the rhythm and expressivity of pop, appropriating the visual vocabulary of popular entertainment and addressing the predominance of the body and sexuality in the music and advertisement industries. Artists adapt to the editing techniques of music videos and use cross-references to the pop legacy to explore the influence of technological and sensory manipulation on the human condition.

Hannah Perry in "Hatemail" (2017) through a sensual script addressing personal memories, trauma, heartaches, anxiety and despair asserts gender stereotypes and the haziness of modern love relationships.

Petra Cortright's "Bridal Shower" (2013) is a self-portrait of the artist wearing a ghostly wedding dress looking at herself through the camera while talking about her wedding day. By impersonating an ambiguous, self-indulgent character the artist objectifies the superficiality of online social interactions and self-exposure.

In "Terrorist of Love" (2016) Keren Cytter recreates a music video in which the artist combines meme-like imagery and cultural and pop references with an original soundtrack. Tapping into unconventional methods of video making and postproduction, Cytter approaches scenes of everyday life with the uncanny familiarity and intimacy of home videos, paired with an unapologetic irony through artificial video effects.

Jennifer Juniper Stratford's music video for Seth Bogart’s "Nina Hagen-Daaz" (2016) is a pastiche of pop music, 90s’ fashion and public television aesthetics, weaved together through rough edits and jump cuts.

Matteo Zamagni’s music video for TSVI’S "Malfunction" (2014) is an interplanetary adventure that blends together analogue and digital source material, pictures of plastic bags, cabbage and broccoli, digital and VHS glitches, merged with the colour pallette of 80’s video tapes and computer games.

Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva's"#Postmodem" (2014) is a mashed-up sci-fi musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists. It is the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with the technological singularity. Comprised of bizarre dark motifs and cinematic tweets, #Postmodem envisions eternal life and technological salvation.

In Jocelyn Anquetil's and Charles Harrop-Griffith's PORTAL_01" (2017) the viewer proceeds down a neon-lit hallway towards a geometrically shaped cityscape where latex-clad women (all of them impersonated by Anquetil, filmed gyrating in front of a green screen) move about entering and exiting into and out of various doorways.

Join us for an evening of great video works and a cup of Glühwein. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st of December!

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