Artist talk and film screening by Victor Chakravarty

Funen Art Academy invites the public to an artist talk by Victor Chakravarty followed by a screening of his film, The Man Without Qualities.

The event takes place in the Lecture Hall (Foredragssalen) on Wednesday, 10 January, 15:30 – 17:00.

The conversation will be moderated by British writer and art critic Max L. Feldman and will take place in English.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

For this artist talk, Chakravarty and Feldman will discuss Chakravarty’s film, The Man Without Qualities, which takes its title from the novel by Robert Musil, and will be presented for the first time ever in its full length at Funen Art Academy.

The film is structured as a diptych, meaning the image is split in two. Narrated as voice-over, the film’s premise is as follows: Nature, as an object of humans, has changed drastically due to climate change. Everything “natural” has been affected by human impact on the environment, and humans are now left in a world of culture(s). The original meaning of “nature” as a concept has thereby gone lost. All objects in the world are shaped by human intention, with utility as the primary aim. There is no longer any escape from the human, that is, from human influence and impact on nature.

Link for official trailer

Victor Chakravarty (b. 1995) lives and works in Paris.
His practice is interdisciplinary and includes film, installation, writing, music and performance. His research often focuses on collective memories and subjectivities, the intersection between vandalism and creation, anachronisms and temporal structures, and correspondence as a method for the creation of new vantage points.

He received a BFA in Literary Composition from HDK-VALAND, University of Gothenburg and MFA Fine Art under Dr Suhail Malik and Dr John Chilver from Goldsmiths, University of London with parallel studies in French at UCL, University College London.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at BAS CS Galerie in Berlin 2022 and a long-term exhibition at Rupture Arts & Books in Paris 2023.

As a writer, he co-founded the Scandinavian literary journal Addenda and served as its editor for many years. His articles have been published in Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Norway.

Since 2022, he has been collaborating with French producer Nicolas Subréchicot. The collaboration is expected to be presented in 2025.

Max L. Feldman (b.1988) is a British writer and art critic based in Vienna. He writes about contemporary art, film, culture, politics and philosophy.

He received a BA in Philosophy from Heythrop College (University of London), MAs in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck College (University of London), and Continental Philosophy from The University of Warwick, as well as a Postgraduate from The New School for Social Research, New York.

His writing has appeared in Artforum, ArtReview, e-flux, Flash Art, Frieze, Hyperallergic, MOMUS, Mousse, Spike, Texte zur Kunst, Verso, Wallpaper*, and many others.


Artist talk by Victor Chakravarty followed by a screening of his film, The Man Without Qualities
Wednesday, 10 January, 15:30 – 17:00.
The Lecture Hall, Jernbanegade 13, 5000 Odense C
Entrance free.

Press photo:
©Victor Chakravarty. Still photo from The Man without Qualities, 2023, film photographer: David Schilchter.