Time Frame

Dan Graham, Sonic Youth Pavilion, Museion, 2023. Installation view, Daniele Fiorentino

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Museion Passage – a freely accessible space dedicated to enhancing the museum’s collection and its links with the local territory – hosts Time Frame, curated by writer and curator Saim Demircan.

Staged in a re-installation of Dan Graham’s 2008 Sonic Youth Pavilion, this screening program is the second chapter in our initiative centered on film and video as an artistic medium, following and continuing a collaboration with the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television and New Media in March.

Time Frame continues our research into the documentary format. For this presentation, Demircan shows three different approaches to documenting art, which reveal aspects of artistic practice or exhibition histories that might otherwise go unseen. Each of the exhibited film and video works by filmmaker Jeff Preiss and artists Juliette Blightman and Jason Hirata, deal with different concepts of framing time, like the lifespan of a gallery, a live record of a show, or the labor spent on the production of images.

Time Frame Exhibition view, Museion, 2023. Photo: Daniele Fiorentino.

Using homespun camera shots or unconventional editing techniques, these structural, collaborative, and subjective approaches sit somewhere between an artwork and a document. Locating Preiss, Blightman and Hirata in Graham’s pavilion creates a bridge with the late artist’s own early, experimental use of the moving image. Much like Graham’s installations, the gallery, exhibition, or performative event becomes a vessel in which to record bodily movement, mimic the human eye, or convey the experience of an artwork.

In his research, Demircan reconsiders the documentation of art and exhibitions as material in itself and the potential for agency within it. Left to conventional usage, the afterimage of exhibitions, openings or performances can only offer an uncritical or unilateral view of history. As such, Time Frame proposes alternatives, or counterpoints, to the processes of standardization that documentation has undergone in recent decades, especially during its evolution from what was primarily archival into what has increasingly become a form of publicity on social media.

Screening program

09.06 – 09.07.2023

Jeff Preiss

11.07 – 06.08.2023

Juliette Blightman

08.08 – 03.09.2023

Jason Hirata

Collateral program

07.06.2023, 18:00

Filmclub Bolzano hosts Jeff Preiss: screening of two films curated by ZeLIG STOP (en) - a feature-length chronicle distilled from 2,500 100-ft camera rolls of 16mm film shot between 1995 and 2011, organized sequentially into four half-hour programs. A production that focuses on the conventions of home movies. Let’s get lost (en) h 8.30 pm - a 1988 American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. The title is derived from the song “Let’s Get Lost” by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser from the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky, which Baker recorded for Pacific Records.

08.06.2023, ore 9.30 – 13.00

Jeff Preiss’ Masterclass at ZeLIG – School for documentary, via Brennero 20/D, Bolzano.
Free admission, for more info contact 0471 977930

Time Frame


Location: Museion passage

Curator: Saim Demircan

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