Communicating Vessels

Maïder Fortuné and Annie MacDonell

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Takeover: III. Mind Takeover Communicating Vessels
Maïder Fortuné and Annie MacDonell

32 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

An art professor tells the peculiar story of her student E., a strange young woman whose conceptual performance pieces and singular existence leave the professor increasingly adrift. Following the premise that water will always find its level, the term “communicating vessels” describes the way liquid moves between conjoined containers: Gravity and pressure conspire to keep the surfaces aligned, pulling the shared liquid back and forth until the separate vessels come into balance. Like the relationship between a teacher and a student, a mother and a child, or fluid passed from mouth to mouth, meaning, intention, and understanding constantly flow back and forth between us. It is the fundamental connectedness of all things, how ideas migrate and shapes shift, and the possibility of individuation without individualism. Bringing together fictional narrative, personal anecdote, and private conversation, Communicating Vessels explores how we influence each other in ways that are sometimes good, sometimes bad, yet always urgent and necessary.

This screening is part of Mind Takeover, the third chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Education, Performance
Video Art, Subjectivity, Conceptual & Post-Conceptual Art
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Maïder Fortuné and Annie MacDonell met in 2000 while studying at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. They have been working together since 2015. Their common practice includes performance, writing, film, and installation. Their individual practices also incorporate many of these forms, but in their collaborative work they particularly focus on storytelling as form, feminism as lived politics, art practice, and pedagogy, and how language and image shape each other. Their films evolve between very strict, structured, and almost formalistic approaches, and the voluntary dismantling or decomposition of these structures. Their performance Stories are Meaning-Making Machines was presented at the Centre Pompidou and at the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, and in 2014 they produced a performance-conference for the Contact Photography Festival entitled The Bird and the Cup. In 2020, their film Communicating Vessels won awards at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, and Black Canvas Festival in Mexico City, and was screened at many other international festivals. Their latest film Outhere (for Lee Lozano) was selected at the Rotterdam film festival IFFR 2022 and in the International Competition of FID Marseille 2022. They are currently working on their first feature film.


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