Film screening with subsequent conversation with Willem de Rooij
Mandarin Ducks is a stylized group portrait, whose dialogue is composed of quotations from politicians and friends of the artists, recycling common clichés from the art world as well as the patterns of populist argumentation. The film, produced in 2005 for the Venice Biennale, brings together ten people in a typical apartment, where they talk about love and dependency, corruption, politics and psychological ambivalence. Through the decidedly artificial performances of their actors and the film’s overall contrived atmosphere, de Rijke and de Rooij exhibit a distance to the proceedings, exposing in the end the ideological foundations of a strata of society condensed into a cliché.
Talk in German and English
The film screening and conversation with Willem de Rooij are being presented in co-operation with mumok cinema in the framework of the Political Populism exhibition.