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August 2014 Video Space

Film stills from Present Perfect

Film stills from Present Perfect

Present Perfect (film still)

Present Perfect (film still)

Present Perfect (film still)

Present Perfect (film still)

Present Perfect (film still)

Present Perfect (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Second in Space (film still)

Film stills from Present Perfect
Present Perfect (film still)
Present Perfect (film still)
Present Perfect (film still)
Second in Space (film still)
Second in Space (film still)
Second in Space (film still)

Film stills from Present Perfect

Catalina Niculescu: Present Perfect (2013)

1 - 31 August 2014

 

A looped screening in the first floor Video Space throughout advertised gallery opening hours. Access via stairs or lift. 

 

 

Present Perfect

HD video / JP | UK 2013 / 17.09 min

 

Present Perfect evolves around a central architectural moment in Tokyo’s urban history materialised as metabolist architecture. Metabolism is a Japanese post-war architectural movement that derived inspiration from Marxist theories and biological processes combined with ideas rooted in Japanese tradition and a euphoria for a megastructural future. The video Present Perfect reflects the origins and results of these inspirations through a journey that captures folklore impulses observed in Japanese landscape, gardens and vernacular architecture to present a contemporary reinterpretation of their fundamental values found not only in Metabolism but also in Tokyo’s metropolitan manifestation.

 

 

Biography

 

Catalina Niculescu is a Romanian born German artist based in London. She studied at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany, and the Slade School of Art, University College London. Niculescu's work has been exhibited in various galleries and institutions across Europe and the USA; recent exhibitions and screenings include: EVA International - Ireland’s Biannual, Stuttgarter Film Winter, Remap KM - Athens, South London Gallery, and the BFI London Film Festival.

 

The artist’s creative process is anchored in a close observation of the world, the things around her and her wish to break with existing attitudes towards high and low culture. Niculescu uses architectural structures as instruments for exploring human activities, to investigate the current transformation of our natural environment and the evolution of urban habitats. Her multifaceted output results in experimental films, performances, installations and writing that looks at geographically-informed socio-economic developments of modern architecture in different parts of the world. The films draw uponarchitecture’s relationship to its natural environment, its integration into urban systems and juxtapositions with the local vernacular. Her global approach leads her to discover relationships of a formal and conceptual nature that have previously been overlooked or marginalised.

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