Art Directions 2022

24 November 2021

Still: Resetting Bird’s Memories, Kiluanji Kia Henda

Art Directions invites you to experience genre-defying cinematic art in Rotterdam. Proudly presenting an IFFR-commissioned installation by Steve McQueen. Encounter immersive installations, live performances, new media experiments, audio-visual explorations and music documentaries in the city’s favourite art venues – including Kunsthal, TENT, Theater Rotterdam and WORM.

Steve McQueen

Art Directions proudly presents Sunshine State, an installation by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen commissioned by IFFR and made possible in collaboration with Kunsthal Rotterdam. For the first new installation since his major commission Year 3 at Tate Britain in 2019, and following a pivotal retrospective at Tate Modern in 2020, McQueen will infuse the central space of the landmark Kunsthal Rotterdam with sound and image. Sunshine State by Steve McQueen was made possible thanks to the support of the municipality of Rotterdam’s Evenementenfonds and Rotterdam Festivals.

Artwork: Steve McQueen, Sunshine State, (still), 2022. © Steve McQueen. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Artwork: Steve McQueen, Sunshine State, (still), 2022. © Steve McQueen. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Performances take on history and cult films

Two performances will take place in favourite Rotterdam art venues, made possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fund. Angolan multidisciplinary artist Kiluanji Kia Henda presents his musical performance Resetting Birds’ Memories in TENT, telling the story of Kinaxixi Square in the centre of Luanda – a symbol of Angola’s violent past. 

Taiwanese artists Su Hui-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Yu present Revenge Scenes in Theater Rotterdam, a live art and installation work developed from Su’s short film The Women’s Revenge, which screened at IFFR 2021. The performance features augmented reality to create a new digital world inspired by Taiwanese cult films, in which oppressed women take their revenge on men. Made possible thanks to the support of 1646, a project space for contemporary art in The Hague. With the support of the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan.

Synthesizers and country music in Scopitone

Scoptione shifts mainstream and niche music genres into the limelight. Now part of Art Directions, the programme presents the world premiere of genre-spotlighting Italo Disco. The Sparkling Sound of the 80s by Alessandro Melazzini, offering plenty of facts for fun in an excursion back to an epoch when millions of Europeans indulged in synthesizers, catchy melodies and bizarre English lyrics. 

Revealing an unexpected truth in the country music scene, Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music by T.J. Parsell unveils the successful queer female songwriters behind some of the biggest hits in a conversative, male-dominated genre

Virtual reality and sound//vision

Art Directions will also showcase audio-visual live performance segment sound//vision in WORM, Rotterdam and a virtual reality programme. More information coming soon.

The full IFFR 2022 programme will be announced on 21 December.

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