marrakech-morocco

Shezad Dawood, Towards the Possible Film, 2014. HD video and Super 16 transferred to HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes. From Marrakech Biennale 5.

Marrakech Biennale 5

Marrakech Biennale

Shezad Dawood, Towards the Possible Film, 2014. HD video and Super 16 transferred to HD video, color, sound, 20 minutes. From Marrakech Biennale 5.

In posing the question “Where Are We Now?” the Fifth Marrakech Biennale skipped over the perennially problematized terrain of geography and its discontents to concentrate instead on being in time. Rather than accepting the present as a fixed moment, the curator of the visual- and sound-arts program, Hicham Khalidi, brought together works that explore the experience of the contemporary as what philosopher Peter Osborne calls a “disjunctive unity of times.”

This clash of temporalities structures the narrative of Shezad Dawood’s Towards the Possible Film, 2014. A mix of HD and Super 16 transferred to HD, the twenty-minute video animates a passage from Robert Anton Wilson’s quantum physics–inspired novels Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy (1979), in which the author describes a fatal encounter between Aryan Cro-Magnons and blue-skinned astronauts, visitors from the future who also had a hand

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the May 2014 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.