Closing Event and Screening
Desde el Jardín
‘Amazonas, the young gardener of an extravagant estate, dreams of a luxurious, upper-class life. Be careful what you wish for. When she is begged by El Señor to secretly take over the identity of his ill and cursed wife who has just died, it quickly becomes apparent that Amazonas’ new life and dream of glamour and luxury is more of a nightmare. A cast of telepathic maids and the neighbour’s handsome gardener become wrapped up in a tale of intrigue, betrayal, greed and romance. Tune in to witness the dramatic conclusion of Amazonas’ struggles with her new identity, and what happens when El Señor starts showing signs of the same disease his original wife died from, a contagious curse of greed!’
David Dale Gallery are proud to present a screening of Block One produced by CONGLOMERATE, featuring episode one of Desde el Jardín, a micro telenovela which was filmed within the exhibition of the same title by Sol Calero, commissioned by David Dale Gallery for Glasgow International 2016. Desde el Jardín was written and directed by Sol Calero and Dafna Maimon, and filmed and produced by CONGLOMERATE, combining set design, props, music and cinematography from all of its respective members.
Block One brings together 30 minutes of separate video works including episodes of Telethon, a perpetually running programme in which an unnamed Host implores viewers to pledge,donate and call into a shape-shifting call-bank of volunteers; The New Domestic Woodshop, a how-to show hosted by Ethan Hayes-Chute; Behind the Beast, a comedic insight into the inner minds of some of Berlin’s animal inhabitants; and exclusive contributions from guest artists Keren Cytter and Jeremy Shaw as well as advertisements for Christine Hill’s Volksboutique, Constant Dullaart’s DullTech, and Repossession Services.
The screening will form part of a closing event for Desde el Jardín.
CONGLOMERATE is a collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk presented in the form of a television network. The project is realised by a core team of five artists and filmmakers: Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon. These five act as executive producers, also inviting additional Berlin-based and international artists to create their own segments, sets, commercials and specials for the network. The aim is to mix diverse content ranging from documentary, melodrama, comedy, interview, music, and art into a unified body: 15-minute blocks composed of recurring shows and one-off segments broadcast on the web and eventually television. Headquartered at the Berlin project space Kinderhook & Caracas, CONGLOMERATE comprises their entire 2016 programme.
Sol Calero was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1982. She lives and works in Berlin, where she runs a project space alongside Christopher Kline, named Kinderhook & Caracas after their respective hometowns. Recent solo exhibitions include: Studio Voltaire, London (2015); Sala Mendoza, Caracas (2015); SALTS, Birsfelden (2015); Gillmeier Rech, Berlin (2014); Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2014); and Frutta Gallery, Rome (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); and Mostyn, Llandudno (2015). Upcoming projects in 2016 include Statements at Art Basel, and exhibitions at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. Calero is represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, London.