Last Year at Marienbad redux is an exhibition, public program and publication that together examine how fictional narratives develop over time to form accepted knowledge of people, places, events and things. Inspired by the unconventional cinematic techniques such as nonlinear narrative and repetitive language used in the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad (directed by Alain Resnais, with screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet), the exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux features works of art that deploy these and other devices—editing, character development, plot, mise-en-scène and montage—to disrupt, challenge and conflate what is understood as fact and fiction. The project explores how memory, meaning and, ultimately, an understanding of reality are shaped.
The Marienbad Sessions is a public program that occurs in the exhibition site at the EFA Project Space and an essential component of Last Year at Marienbad redux. Over the course of the exhibition period, the program presents a series of free events and performances with Jessamyn Fiore, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Maya Schweizer and James Voorhies. The Marienbad Sessions seeks to reclaim the space of exhibition as a public sphere, returning it to a learning site where groups of visitors experience real-time, lived engagement—visually and intellectually—among works of art on exhibit.
The Marienbad Papers is produced as part of Last Year at Marienbad redux. It is a hybrid publication uniting the characteristics of an art journal, catalogue essay, screenplay and art criticism into a singular printed book. It extends ideas beyond the temporal and spatial parameters of the exhibition and includes newly commissioned texts by Jennifer Allen, Jessamyn Fiore, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann and James Voorhies.
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The redux series explores the influences critical cinema has on shaping our perspective and understanding of reality by re-positioning historical films within the framework of contemporary exhibition, research and collaboration. The series utilizes film as a departure point for the presentation of existing work in a range of media and seeks to support the commission of new work in performance, video, sound and writing.