Live Art: Adrian Villar Rojas in Istanbul
by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, France 2016, 26'

CAMERA: Meryem Yavuz, Pablo Gonzalez Galetto 

  PRODUCER: François Bertrand 
EDITING:  Christophe Nowak   

PRODUCTION:  Camera Lucida Productions 


SOUND: Murat Onur Öner, Santiago Zecca 


DISTRIBUTION: CPB International 

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
 Presented at Lo Schermo dell'arte 2017 

Made for ARTE TV channel’s Live Art series, created by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Schwerfel, to be broadcast in early 2018.
Since he began his activity, Villar Rojas has followed a special creative ritual. He travels around the world, from one project to another, with his team, which functions as a company or a nomadic community, to produce sculptures made with organic and inorganic materials, which deteriorate, decompose, break, and die. The flow of time is a central obsession in his work: to give tangible form to the processes of change, decay and rebirth to which all life is destined.
Filmed for the 2015 Istanbul Biennale, in which the Argentine artist exhibited fantastic animals made on-site over three months and installed on the edge of the Marmara Sea, Schwerfel’s film includes testimonies by Villar Rojas and Hans Ulrich Obrist. 

Heinz Peter Schwerfel 
Born 1954 in Cologne, he lives between Paris and Cologne. He is a filmmaker and art critic. He works for the German ART Kunstmagazin, Lettre International and ZEIT, among others, and has published several books on contemporary artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jannis Kounellis, Markus Lüpertz, as well as books of essays: Art after Ground Zero, and Cinema and Art, about the relationship between contemporary art and Hollywood, translated into Turkish. He founded and was artistic director of Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne (2002 - 2009) and has directed the festival Kino der Kunst, Munich, which focuses on fictional films by artists, since 2013. 

Selected Filmography
2014-2017 Live art TV series 2014 The Utopian City of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov 2012 Daniel Buren at the Grand Palais 2011 The World According to Kapoor

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