Stinking Heaven

06.18.16

With filmmakers Nathan Silver and Jack Dunphy in person.

“Set in the 1990s, and shot on the period-appropriate broadcast video cameras used by documentarians such as Jon Alpert (an important influence), Silver’s new feature STINKING HEAVEN (2015) is perhaps his most ambitious and accomplished film yet. It charts the dynamics among a disparate group of characters revolving around married couple Jim and Lucy, who run a commune for sober living out of their suburban New Jersey home. The members of the commune eat, bathe, and work together selling homemade “health tea” out of their van. Although there’s constant bickering and plenty of fires to be put out, Jim and Lucy have managed to establish a haven for these outcasts. But the harmony is interrupted when Ann, a recovering addict and the ex-lover of one housemate, arrives. Ann’s insidious presence sends the members spiraling out of control, resulting in paranoia, drug relapse, and eventually death, all of which Silver and his ready-for-anything actors stage with unrestrained, often alarming abandon."*

*Anthology Film Archives

SERENITY
by Jack Dunphy
2015, digital projection, 6 min

STINKING HEAVEN
by Nathan Silver
2015, digital projection, 70 min

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Of Song and Fish

06.25.16

In collaboration with Axis Lab.

“Of Song and Fish is a two-part art exhibition and food event that explores the current makeup of Vietnam's socio, economic and political state. Notions related to the connection between space and bodies, shifting landscapes, and cultural memory in Vietnam will be filtered through an experience that attends to the sense of sight, sound, and taste.

The first part of the exhibition feature a sound and video installation, excerpts taken from PRISM - lăn[g] kính lăn[g] tru, a multimedia installation that was exhibited at manzi space in hanoi in 2015. The installation work, a result of two years of having collected ethnographic data, challenges the viewer to question the relationship between notions of memory and amnesia, home and displacement, and construction and destruction.

The second portion involves a curated, interactive meal of grilled fish, fresh herbs, and rice paper, known as “cá nurớng cuốn bánh tráng" in Vietnam, as a response to the recent ecological contamination and catastrophe of the shores in the central region of Vietnam, leaving massive populations of fish dead. The installation work proposes an alternative reality to address larger philosophical issues, the communal eating event confronts the world that exists today in the mekong."*

*Axis Lab