Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib will present a series of three portraiture trailers for their work-in-progress The Continuous Moment, Part 2, alongside their 2014 essay film The Continuous Moment, Part 1.
The original film is based on the experimental architectural practice of the Italian collective Superstudio, and their widely-celebrated project The Continuous Monument––a globe-spanning megastructure of mirrored surfaces that existed only in a series of drawings, collages, films and critical writings and manifestos meant to challenge the status quo of the International Style.
Part 1 combines documentary, narrative fiction and experimental film approaches in presenting a speculative narrative about the realization of The Continuous Monument as a real structure in the world, built without the artists’ approval. The new work, funded in part by a CFEVA Peter Benoliel Fellowship, includes interview footage with Superstudio’s surviving members along with footage of Superstudio’s installation work and Italian architectural landmarks.
Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib employ the tools and conventions of moving-image culture to offer counter-mythical visions of our contemporary world. In doing so they re-construct existing narratives and envision new images that challenge popular understandings of History and Culture. The duo’s large-scale, often immersive moving-image installations use original and appropriated imagery and unique soundtracks to invert social conventions and scramble history. Using a collage-oriented approach, Hironaka & Suib collide imagery and narratives that encompass historical fact and popular fiction, as well as speculative futures to expose and undermine the relationship between popular media and political power.
The Philadelphia-based artists have been collaborators since 2008. They are recipients of several honored awards including a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pew Fellowships in the Arts and Fellowships from CFEVA and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Their work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad at venues including, Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), New Media Gallery (Vancouver), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum, PS1/MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arizona State University Art Museum. They have been artists-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Millay Colony for Arts. Matthew Suib is co-founder of Greenhouse Media and Nadia Hironaka serves as a professor and department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hironaka & Suib are represented by Locks Gallery. The couple, along with their daughter and one cat reside in South Philly.
Image: The Continuous Moment, Part 2, image of Adolfo Natalini, founding member of Superstudio (work in progress)