The Deflowering of Ariella Von Postponed
Curator: Summer Guthery
February 9th, 2014
A Special preview screening of the Feature Film, coming in 2014
Directed by Marianna Ellenberg and David Louis Zuckerman
Marianna and David work interactively, blending influences from Dererk Jarman to Mike Leigh to Catherine Breillat. In The Deflowering Of Ariella Von, they have collaborated to expand their definition of the cinematic image into a dialectic of contestation. At once seductive and anxious, lyrical and verbose; the apprehensive female subjectivities that inhabit Ellenberg’s performance videos merge with the dramatic plot twists and character developments of Zuckerman’s work as an independent writer/director. Ariella Von is the ultimate anti-heroine; short and normally bodied, her high-pitched child-like voice individuates her and marks her persona as other. Drawing on diverse legacies: New York No-Wave Cinema, 50’s Melodrama, Camp Comedy, Ellenberg/Zuckerman have worked to create a complex character full of humor, emotional ambivalences, gender dysphoria and post-millennial angst.
The Deflowering of Ariella Von: Re-inventing No Wave
Ariella is not photo-shopped. She’s got pimples. She’s raw and in your face. Our process has been infused with the legacy of No-Wave film with its imbued nobility of meaning in spite of infrastructural limits. Like the Super 8 footage we intersperse with high definition, No-Wave practices remain a viable aesthetic production model to re-imagine and re-possess.
In Ariella Von, the apprehensive female subjectivities that inhabit Ellenberg’s videos merge with the dramatic plot twists and character developments of a long form narrative. Ariella is the ultimate anti-heroine. Short and normally bodied, her high-pitched child-like voice further individuates her and marks her persona as other. She is at once an inquiring pixie introvert and an abject sexual beast.
There is an evolving dialectic between Ellenberg’s feminist writing and Zuckerman’s staging. The filmmakers edit the dailies on HD editing software in their studios. The montage process forms the syntax of their conversation in cinematic time/space. What emerges is a romp through sex, language, pop-culture and the deceptive moralities of the religious establishment.
Prior to the screening will be a musical performance by Tiny Rothko
About Disjecta’s Curator-in-Residence Program
The Curator-in-Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging local and national curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice. During their one-year residency, curators engage a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 3,500-square-foot space. By showcasing new work and fueling collaborations between artists, curators, and viewers, Disjecta seeks to impact new audiences and intervene in the larger contemporary arts dialogue.
Summer Guthery, MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, was selected as the 2013–2014 Curator-in-Residence.