SIB VIII – Cinema of Cockaigne

w/ Rosa Aiello, Jamie Crewe, Tupac Cruz, zuum hiperlinque, James Richards, John Smith, and others
Screening followed by a conversation with James Richards, Johanna Markert & Tom Rosenberg

Wednesday, 9 November 2022, 8pm

Apartment Project

Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin

On the one hand, the fantasy of plenty, expressed in the medieval myth of ‘The Land of Cockaigne’ serves as a departure for exploring the subversive potential of abundance, affliction and aspiration in selected artists’ moving image works. Rooted in the mundane and reveling in the grotesque masquerade of unfulfilled desire, the Cinema of Cockaigne is a shameless site for excessive imagination. On the other, Cockaigne as an imaginary place of fullness, here becomes a projection that – by means of inversion – reflects back on the shortcomings of personal, social, political transformation.

Cinema of Cockaigne is the 8th edition of Seeing Is Believing, anorak’s monthly screening and conversation series presenting artists’ moving image. The programme was shown on 9 November 2022 at Apartment Project in Berlin as part of Chromatic Wednesdays.

 Jamie Crewe

False Wife , 2022 (film still)

John Smith

BLIGHT, 1996

(film still)

Rosa Aiello

Il Sangue che Sorga Dall’Orgoglio del Leone, 2021

(film still)

Rosa Aiello

Il Sangue che Sorga Dall’Orgoglio del Leone, 2021

(film still)

 Jamie Crewe

False Wife, 2022

(film still)

 Jamie Crewe

False Wife , 2022

(film still)

Chromatic Wednesdays and anorak’s research into the Cinema of Cockaigne is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.