For this exhibition, London-based artist and filmmaker Daria Martin took as a starting point the dream diaries kept by her Jewish grandmother Susi Stiassni, whose family fled Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1938, when Stiassni was sixteen, in response to the looming threat of Nazi occupation.
Strange Days: Memories of the Future is overwhelming: complex, at times annoying and confusing, repetitive, uplifting and baffling. Like life, really. Films and videos by 21 artists are spread over three floors of the Store X on London's Strand.
When I first encountered Franz Kafka's short story A Hunger Artist (1922) a year ago, it almost read as a one-liner: a fasting artist performs for an admiring public but, perpetually underestimated, he doesn't live up to his potential until he falls out of fashion and then, left to his own devices without audience or manager, he dies.
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