WomenCinemakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Veronica Mockler Lives and works in Montreal, Canada

Through video, performance and interview, I work with individuals to present their reality to diverse audiences in order to socially challenge these given audiences. Through my projects, I hope to fill part of the gap that technology imposes between real human interaction and virtual media connectedness. I believe art is one of the rare remaining occasions in which human relatability can genuinely occur. This is why I use face-to-face performance, documentary testimony and the concept of hommage as tools to dismantle prejudice. I am driven by the idea that the direct presence of someone is politically transformative. I believe someone’s existence and opinions are worthy of art; are worthy of the art space; are worthy of the art world. I personally hold any art production socially accountable and thereby dedicate my practice to the overthrow of rigid conservative and capitalistic ideals. By putting forth work that serves the agency of other individuals and groups, I am also attempting to deconstruct my own privilege. I develop projects in and out of the gallery space by inviting stigmatized agents into the white cube, and connoisseurs into the real world. Basically, I think people are cool and important — I want them to be seen and heard.

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Inspired by the namesake French documentary film by sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist Jean Rouch, Chronique d'un été is a stimulating experimental film by Montréal based intermedia

artist. Walking the viewers through a multilayered visual experience, this captivating film triggers the viewers cultural parameters to urge them to reexamine the idea of Western society. One of the most stimulating aspects of Mockler's artistic inquiry is her successful attempt to fill part of the gap that is created by technology between real human interaction and virtual media connectedness: we are particularly pleased to introduce our readers to her multifaceted artistic production.

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