Born in Mexico, Karina Garcia Casanova is a filmmaker based in Montreal. After studies in Philosophy and Literature at McGill university, she directed several short films. In 2014, she completed her first feature length documentary, Juanicas, an intimate meditation on mental illness and rootlessness. Her work has been shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Medellin Museum of Contemporary Art, Havana Film Festival, Rendez Vous with Madness, Edinburgh Film Festival, BAFICI, etc. She is currently in her second year of a Masters in Fine Arts (Film Production) at Concordia University.
"Dada is life without slippers or parallels; it is against and for unity and definitely against the future; ... Dada is neither madness, nor wisdom, nor irony, look at me, dear bourgeois. Art used to be a game." Tristan Tzara. Dada Manifesto, 1918
When COVID-19 hit and daycares closed for nearly four months, I struggled with finding ways to work on my artistic projects while taking care of my two young children. After the daily activities of feeding, washing, clothing, cleaning, consoling, educating, and playing, there is little time or energy to make work. The problem of reconciling artistic creation and domestic work existed long before daycares closed. But during the pandemic the situation reached a whole new level of incommensurability worthy of a dada manifesto. "Dada Machine" is the chronicle of my attempt at reconciling my work as a mother and as an artist.
Dada Machines (2020) (work in progress). 5 minutes
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