Alexandra “Sasha” Lerman
DreamDoc or a Midsummer’s Night Film
CCI announces an open call to participants interested in joining the production of DreamDoc or a Midsummer Night’s Film – a collectively produced film conceived by the artist Alexandra Lerman, which she will conduct within the context of a mobile filmmaking workshop.
Lerman’s project originates from considering the notion that during sleep humanity experiences a sort of collective dream, and within this collaboratively sourced mentalscape each person is only able to see a fragment of the whole narrative. If we accept this to be the case perhaps then we can imagine that by collecting these discrete dream fragments and editing them together we can assemble the dream documentary. What do the sleepers of Transcarpathia dream about?
Alexandra Lerman invites Uzhgorod artists to take part in an almost archaeological excavation of our dreams. Together we will collect “witness accounts” with our smart phones and cameras, reverse engineer the original plot of the dreamwork and create a film. Upon the completion of the film the memory of the dream will be returned to the city of Uzhgorod and projected onto the walls of the city at night.
Throughout the the process of making this artwork participants will learn how to use their smartphones as both a video camera and editing suit, explore easily accessible lighting techniques such as how to best exploit the “golden hour”, and different compositional strategies that can be deployed to edit together a sourced collection of oral accounts, cutaways and live sound in order to create what Roland Barthes has named the “third meaning” of cinema.
Alexandra “Sasha” Lerman (b. 1980, St. Petersburg, Russia) is a New York-based artist whose work interrogates systems governing the post-industrial landscape of immaterial labor through photography, sculpture, video, and performance. The themes of her work locate themselves in historical moments in which natural ecosystems, language, bodily gesture, and expressive freedom come into conflict with the corporate and governmental systems of control such as agricultural and technical innovations, copyright law, and the built environment.
Lerman’s work has been shown at the SculptureCenter, Tina Kim Gallery, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Whitney Museum, New Museum in New York, Signal Center, Malmö in Sweden, MUSAC in Spain, the Museum of Hygiene in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is a grantee of the Foundation for Contemporary Art0 and a nominee for the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award 2020.Alexandra took part in the LMCC Workspace Program, Open Sessions Residency at the Drawing Center, LabVERDE residency in Manaus, Brazil, and Banff’s A Position of DOCUMENTA (13), Alberta, Canada. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art.
The CCI program was created on the platform within the Sorry No Rooms Available residence and with the support of the US Embassy in Kyiv.