Jenkin van Zyl is a multi-disciplinary artist based in London who makes hallucinant, narrative installations, typically centred on film.
The talk is a meandering through their film projects: Escape from Fort Bravo, Looners, Machines of Love and Surrender, via the doors of the Vore/the Loon/the Beast/the Ruins/the Fantasy/the Pleasure.
Often initiated by guerilla filmmaking on the ruins of Hollywood movie sets, van Zyl’s projects orbit around fantastical countercultural communities. Conjured with a queer irreverence, one that is attentive to the power and politics of fantasy, his films perform carnivalesque explorations of abandoned yet grandiose neoliberal landscapes. Through this world-making van Zyl takes us on an underworld revolt of transient spaces: the hotel, the airport, the desert, the casino, the stage, the set.