New Acid
by Basim Magdy, 2019, 14'

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film  Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2020

The film is part of the programme Around Coexistence, organized by Gucci Garden in collaboration with Lo schermo dell’arte that explores the complex dynamics involved in the coexistence of humans and the animal kingdom.

The film was commissioned by La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France. Courtesy the artist and König Galerie, Berlin

In New Acid, a group of animals exchange text messages filled with GIFs and emojis. Their surreal dialogue is marked by irony and sarcasm that hint at conflict and rivalry among the species. This curious mix of meme culture and analogue film structure gradually reveals typical human behavior and the paradoxes inherent in a form of communication to which we have all become tragically accustomed. In 2019 New Acid was shown at 72 Locarno Film Festival. 
Basim Magdy (Egypt,1977, lives and works between Basel and Cairo). His work has been fe- atured in recent solo exhibitions at M HKA Museum of contemporary Art, Antwerp; MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MAXXI, Rome. Magdy’s work was included in The New museum Triennial, New York; Seoul Mediacity Biennial; 13th Istanbul Biennial; Sharjah Biennial 11. His films have been screened at Tate Modern, London; Locarno Film Festival; New York Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, among others.

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