Press Release

Metahaven: Chaos Theory

    • Dates: February 22, 2023–June 9, 2024
    • Curator: Manuel Cirauqui
    • Film & Video gallery (103)

From February 22 to June 9, 2024, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Metahaven. Chaos Theory, the year's first exhibition of Film & Video exhibition series. This program, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2024, is permanently devoted to artistic practices associated with the moving image.

Chaos Theory is a unique film installation by Metahaven, the renowned collective founded by Amsterdam-based artists Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden in 2007. Encompassing a variety of mediums including moving images, graphics, interfaces, textile works, and theory, Metahaven is regarded as a forerunner of interdisciplinary practice today.

In Chaos Theory, Metahaven addresses the range of shifting emotions of childhood, sisterhood and parenthood in the connected existence of the film's two protagonists. The enthralling 25-minute film takes revolves around different moments in the dialogue of a child ‘X’ (Valentina Di Mondo) and an adult named ‘Y/Z’ (Georgina Dávid), as they play, walk and live together in a multi-lingual reality. Filled with poetic resonances and ingenious wordplay, their exchanges are set in open spaces as well as more intimate settings—an elevator, a room—all of them equally allegorical and dream-like. A sense of continuity between wakefulness and reverie, pervades the entire film, where the lightness of play alternates with conversations on existential time and gravity. Thus, Chaos Theory operates as a nonlinear tale that challenges distinctions between voices and thoughts, places and fantasy zones.



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