For her Hammer Residency, Dara Friedman prepared for and shot a new 8mm film. Friedman is best known for her film and video installations that employ techniques of structuralist filmmaking. This new film is a follow up to her film Dancer (2011), which was shown for her upcoming Hammer Projects exhibition (January 19 – April 14, 2013). An exploration of movement, Dancer is a captivating black-and-white 16mm film that follows over 50 performers dancing through the sidewalks and streets of Miami, practicing a multitude of dance styles from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom dancing and salsa. Together with Dancer and Musical (2007-2008), commissioned by the Public Art Fund, which captured spontaneous actions orchestrated across Manhattan, the three projects form a loose trilogy exploring ideas of movement and public and private spaces.
The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation.