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Entangled and haunting, the cyclic poem "Chaos Theory" focuses on children, parents, and attachment. X (Valentina Di Mondo), the child, is adventurous and associative. The adult, Y/Z (Georgina Dávid/Lucie de Bréchard), appears pensive, yet ever as dedicated to nurturing X.
Just after the two have departed on an elevator journey down many floors, the film cuts to a bright space in which Y/Z speaks to X:
What is present
what is physical
quite like joy itself?
X’s playful axioms and aphorisms intersect with this monologue:
I see us in things that are not us.
In the drawings of the seats on the bus.
X tells of a dream she had about black swans. When the swans appear, the fantasy becomes concrete, and play and belonging have the last word.
"Chaos Theory" is a successor to Metahaven’s films "Information Skies" (2016) and "Hometown" (2018). It combines cinematic scenes, “homemade cinema,” and stop-motion animation within a tightly woven text. A visceral poetics of inhabiting the present occupies the foreground.
The work of Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, and design. Films by Metahaven include "The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda)" (2015), "Information Skies" (2016, nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards), "Hometown" (2018), "Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)" (2018), and "Chaos Theory" (2021). Solo exhibitions include Turnarounds, e-flux, New York (2019), Version History, ICA London (2018), Earth, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2018), Hometown, Izolyatsia, Kyiv (2018), Information Skies, Auto Italia, London (2016), The Sprawl, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2015), and Islands in the Cloud, MoMA PS1, New York (2013).
Group exhibitions include Ghost:2651, Bangkok (2018), the Busan Biennale (2018), the Sharjah Biennial (2017), the Gwangju Biennale (2016), Private Settings: Art after the Internet, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2014), and Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013). Recent lectures and events include “An Evening with Metahaven,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019), “After The Sprawl,” Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2019), and “Inhabitant,” Harvard GSD, Cambridge (2020).
Recent publications include PSYOP: An Anthology (Koenig Books, London, 2018), and Digital Tarkovsky (Strelka Press, Moscow, 2018).
Valentina Di Mondo
Georgina Dávid, Lucie de Bréchard
Wave Studios Amsterdam
Juan Pablo Thummler
Lucie de Bréchard