In Anticipation of the Unexpected directed by Matthew Lessner and produced by Johannes Palmroos is an ongoing video art cycle that explores the deconstruction of narrative and the ensuing impact of context on meaning, belief and reality. Produced in various phases, the cycle consists of an ever growing body of modular short films. These self—referential films adhere to the same self—enclosed aesthetic system, yet are produced without specific narrative intent, and often in a highly spontaneous manner. Meaning within the cycle arises on an evolving and subjective basis when the individual films are presented as a unified whole in a continually randomised order.
Champis Solutions is the second phase in the cycle and it is primarily concerned with imposed systems of belief and their impact on individual desire and possibility. This concept is examined in part through a fictional organisation which promotes a process of systematic unlearning (both mental and physical). This process proposes to free people’s minds, allowing adherents the ability to make their own choices and discover their true nature.
In this entire—room installation the screening of Champis Solutions is expanded upon and completed by the presence of a number of objects utilised in the short films. Kitsch, obscure, and sometimes collectable items are recurrent within the whole of Lessner’s work, from his feature length films to his music videos. In this installation they are exhibited for the first time outside of the screen.
Champs Solutions is the first gallery exhibition for the Sundance awarded director Matthew Lessner. This unusual screening accompanied by the intriguing inclusion of specific objects on display provides the opportunity to experience the work of one of America’s most interesting contemporary young directors in a unique way.
Matthew Lessner (b. 1983) is an American filmmaker and artist currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. His past films (Chapel Perilous, The Woods, By Modern Measure, Darlin Darling) have screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide (including Sundance, SXSW, and Clermont—Ferrand), picking up a number of awards along the way. In addition to narrative work, Lessner has directed over a dozen acclaimed music videos for bands including Dirty Projectors, Sun Araw and Explosions in the Sky. He is currently in post—production on his second feature length film Automatic At Sea.