Director: Emre Hüner

2015, artist film, 38 mins., no dialogues, V

Neochronophobiq is centered around various sculptural elements in different spaces including natural and man-made interiors, reminiscent of isolation chamber experiments, landscapes of Anatolian Neolithic ruins, ritual sites, volcanic land formations and stone quarries. These objects are moved by a human figure, who simultaneously collects and observes them, played by actor Tómas Lemarquis. The main characters of Neochronophobiq – which are of unknown functions, at once archeological, organic, and futuristic – are the forms on the middle screen, linking the exteriors and interiors The sculptures have undecipherable meanings and embody contradictions between scientific and magical interpretations. They perpetually spin like asteroids in space to be observed from all angles in all possible dimensions. The sites in the film shift possible relationships to geographic/geological time with traces of architecture and unidentifiable topographies and materialities. These places bring the viewer along the way to a non-time and to the idea of a world outside of the mind, language, beyond what may be graspable.

The title of the film is constructed in a similar way to the work itself – Neochronophobiq: is both new and Neolithic; Chronophobia is fear of time; Ubiquity is omnipresence, the state or capacity of being everywhere at the same time. The objects and landscapes in Neochronophobiq are alive —like extreme metaphors of a petrified language, they have the sound of cracking glass, moving and transforming slowly, a tactile knowledge, objects of ritual, thought-forms, fired and glazed clay pieces which serve for a non-linear narrative in a posthuman instance.

About the director

Working with drawing, video, sculpture and installations, Hüner's practice focuses on constructed narratives and eclectic assemblages which explore the subjects of utopia, archeology, ideas of progress and future through re-imagination of the spatial and architectural entities, organic and artificial forms.

Hüner attended Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He held artist residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, 2017; ISCP, New York, 2014; Princeton University, 2010; the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2010, Apexart Inbound Residency Program, New York, 2009; and at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, 2009.

Emre Hüner has had solo exhibitions in New York, Leuven (Belgium), Mexico, Istanbul, as well as participated in Istanbul biennial and contemporary art biennial Manifesta 9.

Section: Strata

Screenplay: Emre Hüner

Cast: Tómas Lemarquis