In conversation: Cécile B. Evans with Asma Barchiche on Future Adaptations

2022/23 Film

Cécile B. Evans’ video installation Future Adaptations stages four films across nine channels, part of an adaptation of the ballet Giselle as an eco-feminist thriller. Beginning as a reimagining of the Industrial era ballet in which the protagonist and her friends become embroiled in an energy crisis, the “making of ” the reprise is revealed more within each film. The process of adaptation and the difficulties of change take a central role, splitting the narrative into fragments.   

A conversation between Cécile B. Evans and curator / researcher Asma Barchiche will unpack the ideas and questions behind the work as well as the experience of making Future Adaptations across two years during a worldwide pandemic and period of great change. 

Screening of Future Adaptations at 1pm

The audience will have the possibility of watching the full four films of Future Adaptations before the conversation begins.

Duration: ca. 1 hr.

Language: English

Cécile B. Evans is an American-Belgian artist living and working in Paris. Evans’ work examines the value of emotion and its rebellion as it comes into contact with ideological, physical, and technological structures. They have recently completed a major new commission for the Ulsan Art Museum (KOR), after having been on a residency with the National Ballet of Marseille in collaboration with the Kistefos Museum (NO) and exhibited a new installation commission at Centre Pompidou Paris (FR), all part of an ongoing adaptation of the Industrial Era ballet Giselle. Recent selected solo exhibitions include Tramway (UK), Tate Liverpool (UK), Castello di Rivoli (IT), 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine (FR), Museum Abteiberg (DE), Chateau Shatto (US), Museo Madre (IT), mumok Vienna (AT), Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna (AT), Kunsthalle Aarhus (DK), M Museum Leuven (BE), De Hallen Haarlem (NL), and Serpentine Galleries (UK).