Last project of Maya Schweizer, the film "Errant Gestures" explores the thinking step, the waiting step, the hurrying step, the playing hand, the stealing hand...these fleeting movements translate not only the moment between the before and the after, but also the short journeys between conscious action and unconscious gestures that connect us to our environment in a barely perceptible way.
with the support of National Center for Visual Arts, France
The film can be seen as an exploration of an archive. When the images of gestures are selected, framed and inscribed in a montage, a rhythm is created that is completely random. There's something random about film editing that resembles a drift. It could be the influence of the subconscious that encourages rational thinking. An excess of meaning and associations. In order to initiate an erasure, of one image by the other.
There is a parallel between film and the moving image archive and mental processes of remembering and forgetting.
The artist explores the porosity of memory, its imperfections, its hesitations, its doubts in relation to history, its subjectivity.
All based on every day ephemeral movements. The film echoes the short paths between conscious and unconscious gestures that connect us to our environment barely perceptible.
Maya Schweizer was born in Paris in 1976 and studied art and art history in Aix-en-Provence, at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB), and at the Berlin University of the Arts (HdK), where she graduated as a master student of Lothar Baumgarten in 2007. Her works have been shown internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her most recent exhibitions in 2023 are ” Sans histoire”, solo show at the Jewish Museum Berlin, as the 2023 Dagesh Prize Winner, “Nature, Sound, Memory” a group show at the Kunsthaus Baseland in Basel, “Even closer”, exhibition of the HAP Grieshaber Prize Winner of VG Bild-Kunst 2022 in Bonn Germany, “Roma, a Portrait”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni Museum, Roma, Italy.