People on Sunday is a program that focuses on leisure and the formation of artistic identities. It begins with the late Robert Frank’s apartment plot Pull My Daisy. This film, steeped in the frivolity of an artistic set, is an early comedic effort merged with improvisation, a cast of coterie, and a playful caricature of themselves.
Nazlı Dinçel combines footage shot at Marion McMahon and Philip Hoffman’s Film Farm, and dryly instructs us on how to make a film in the digital age. Thirza Cuthand meditates on her gas mask fetish, the last film she made, and the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Walter Scott invents another character to navigate the tropes of vaguely given shits in the art world. Tulapop Saenjaroen’s People On Sunday speculates on the spurious collision between leisure, work, and contributing to a creative project. Mythologies are authored, adapted, adopted, and explained.
This program contains explicit sexual content.
This program will be followed by a Q&A with artists moderated by Steffanie Ling.
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Pull My Daisy
Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie
USA, 1959, 16MM>DIGITAL, 26 MIN, ENGLISH
Pull My Daisy (1959) is a short film that typifies the Beat Generation. Based on an incident in the life of Neal Cassady and his wife, the painter Carolyn, the film tells the story of a railway brakeman whose wife invites a respected bishop over for dinner. However, the brakeman’s bohemian friends crash the party, with comic results.
© Robert Frank, 1959, distributed by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Instructions on How to Make a Film
USA, 2018, DIGITAL, 13 MIN, ENGLISH
Shot at the Film Farm in Mt. Forest, this comedy is a quest about performance, educational voiceover, analogue filmmaking, ASCII, language, ethics of ethnography, and narrative storytelling under a metaphor of instructions. The film’s narrated text is sourced from Wikihow.
Less Lethal Fetishes
CANADA, 2019, DIGITAL, 9 MIN, ENGLISH
About a latent gas mask fetish, but maybe actually about a certain art world tear gas controversy the filmmaker was involved in? But also about Chemical Valley in Southern Ontario? But with, like, a dick and tits and vag and gas masks and smoke bombs, lots of smoke bombs. A pretty film about weird shit.
The Pathos of Mandy
CANADA/USA, 2020, DIGITAL, 7 MIN, ENGLISH
Mandy can’t make animations about his own character: what is he supposed to do?
People on Sunday
THAILAND, 2020, DIGITAL, 20 MIN, THAI
In this updated homage to the 1930 German silent film of the same title, Tulapop Saenjaroen examines the paradox of people relaxing while being filmed. As a film shoot appears to be in perpetual delay, crew members kill time fiddling on their smartphones, all the while under the persistent gaze of the camera.
Robert Frank (November 9, 1924–September 9, 2019) was a Swiss-American photographer and director who was one of the most influential photographers of the mid-20th century, noted for his ironic renderings of American life.
Nazlı Dinçel has won awards and exhibited worldwide in institutions, festivals, and microcinemas including MoMA, IFFR, MUMOK, among others. Dinçel is building an artist-run film lab on the south side of Milwaukee. Born in Ankara, Turkey, Dinçel immigrated to the United Sates at age 17. Dinçel’s painstakingly hand-made work stems from experiences of diaspora, and laborious working conditions for women in her birth country.
Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist. His comic series, Wendy, an ongoing satire of the contemporary art world, has been featured in Canadian Art, Art in America, and published online on the New Yorker. The new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art, is available from Drawn & Quarterly in Spring 2020.
Tulapop Saenjaroen (b.1986, Thailand) is an artist/filmmaker whose works encompass performance, video/film, and public projects. He holds an MFA from the Slade School of Art, University College London, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of Arts.
Thirza Jean Cuthand (b. Regina, SK) makes short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity, love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She holds a BFA in Film/Video from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and an MA in Media Production from Ryerson University in 2015.