Monster Chetwynd has made a new short film that continues her interest in the power of alternative energies. Free Energy is an exploration of the uncontainable energy that can be created within performance, as well as the individual’s role in society in relation to energy consumption.
Through a series of candid and somewhat wry conversations between the artist and her collaborator, the film focuses on often neglected futurist Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) to explore how creativity and invention are rarely bedfellows with commerce. Representing a shift in the artist’s work, these ‘to camera’ scenes offset the formalities of a script and are reminiscent of vox pops or lo–fi TV documentaries.
Displayed alongside materials from the film’s production, including collaged wallpaper and shadow puppets, the work interweaves puppetry and archival images with a backdrop of footage shot during the artist’s recent performance Tears (2021) at Art Basel, a major international art fair in Switzerland.
Free Energy combines Chetwynd’s characteristic DIY costumes, sets and props with an abstract layering of visual and vocal messages, including otherworldly music, references to Greek mythology, and multiple voice–overs and languages to create a fantastical and complex world.
|Duration||15 October 2021 - 14 November 2021|
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