Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. We’re hosting a film programme with some of the bluest (in a literal sense) films we know in order to overcome this winter depression. 2 days after Blue Monday we will be screening Gerald van der Kaap’s Beyond Index (2017), with a Q&A by Van der Kaap himself afterwards.
Rife with historical art references, Beyond Index (2017) follows a group of Chinese art students whose training comprises the precise imitation of classic paintings from the Western canon. This strict adherence to tradition shifts with the arrival of Yves Klein – both a character and a drug. Slowly intoxicated by Yves’ words and the mind-altering color blue, the students undergo an awakening and begin to consider an alternative, less polluted, reality.
In an age which often measures art in terms of capitalist productivity, it is vestigated whether art has the power to undermine or destabilize capitalist neoliberal regimes. Soundtrack by Berlin producer duo Âme.