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OMER FAST
Spring (film still)
2016
HD video with five-screens projection
Color, Sound (German spoken, English subtitles)
Duration: 40mn looped

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OMER FAST
Spring
2016
HD video with five-screens projection
Color, Sound (German spoken, English subtitles)
Duration: 40mn looped

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OMER FAST
Continuity (Film still)
2012 Single channel HD video
Color, Sound (German  spoken, English Subtitles) 
Duration:  40 minutes (looped)

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OMER FAST
Continuity (Film still)
2012 Single channel HD video
Color, Sound (German  spoken, English Subtitles) 
Duration:  40 minutes (looped)

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OMER FAST
Five Thousand Feet is the Best (film still) 
2011
Single channel, HD Video
Color, Sound, English spoken
Duration: 30 minutes

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OMER FAST
Five Thousand  Feet is the Best (film still) 
2011
Single channel, HD Video
Color, Sound, English spoken
Duration: 30 minutes

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OMER FAST
Everything That Rises Must Converge
2013
Four-channel digital film
Color, Sound (English and Spanish spoken, French subtitles)
Duration: 56 minutes looped

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OMER FAST
Everything That Rises Must Converge (film still)
2013
Four-channel digital film
Color, Sound (English and Spanish spoken, French subtitles)
Duration: 56 minutes looped

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OMER FAST
Her Face was Covered (Part I)
2011
Single channel, Digital film
Duration: 6 minutes

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OMER FAST
Her Face was Covered (Part II)
2011
Slide show
80 slides playing at 4 seconds intervals

 

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OMER FAST
Nostalgia
2009
Video Installation in three parts
Color, Sound, English spoken
Nostalgia I: Single Channel HD Video with Sound
Duration: 4:35 min.
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OMER FAST
Nostalgia
2009
Video Installation in three parts
Color, Sound, English spoken
Nostalgia II: Two Channels HD Video (synchronized) with Sound
Duration: 9:49 min.

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OMER FAST
Nostalgia
2009
Video Installation in three parts
Color, Sound, English spoken
Nostalgia III: Super 16 Film transferred to HD Video
Duration: 31:48 min.

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OMER FAST
Talk Show
2009
Video Installation with three synchronized screens
Sound, color, English spoken
Duration: 65 minutes loop

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OMER FAST
Talk Show
2009
Video Installation with three synchronized screens
Sound, color, English spoken
Duration 65 minutes loop
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OMER FAST
Looking Pretty for God (After G.W)
2008
HD Video, single channel
Color, Sound (English Spoken)
Duration: 27 minutes
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OMER FAST
Take a Deep Breath
2008
HD Video installation
Two synchronized channels
Color, Sound (English Spoken)
Duration: 27 minutes

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OMER FAST
De Grote Boodschap
2007
HD Video, single channel
Color, Sound, (Flemish spoken, English subtitles)
Duration: 27 minutes
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OMER FAST
The Casting
2007
4 Channels video installation

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OMER FAST
Godville
2005
Video installation
Synchronized two-channels on single hanging screen, Sound (English Spoken)
Duration: 51 minutes loop.
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OMER FAST
Spielberg’s List
2003
Video installation
Synchronized two-channels synchronized
Rear-projection video for two screens and single soundtrack
Duration 65 minutes
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OMER FAST
A Tank Translated
2002
Video installation
Four monitors and four pedestals
Color, Sound, English subtitles
Duration from 3' to 7’
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OMER FAST
Glendive Foley
2000
Video installation
Two-channels synchronised, Color, Surround Sound
Duration: 20 minutes
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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OMER FAST, Continuity, 2012

Omer Fast is a video artist based in Berlin. Much of his work delves into the psychology of contemporary trauma, often relying on the blurring of memory and the retelling of actual events through cinematic convention.  Fast’s work moves beyond the formalities of the genre, pushing through reality and non-reality of his subject matter, and is ultimately about the status of the image as a tool to disseminate information, both real and manufactured.

 

In his work as a filmmaker, Omer Fast defines a new relationship between reality and fiction. He is interested in exploring the construction of narratives, in particular how stories change when told from different perspectives. Many of his recent works examine the shifting boundaries of modern conflict through the personal stories of those involved. Fast borrows from traditions of documentary, dramatization and fantasy, and use human emotions as stand-ins for the larger socio-political reality of contemporary warfare. 

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OMER FAST, 5000 Feet is Best, 2011

Fast’s films have a tendency to manipulate time, through the deft use of repetition, looping, and reenactment. In his 2011 film project 5,000 Feet is the Best, Fast explores the experiences of a Predator drone operator firing on militants and civilians, based on accounts both on and off the record. The film oscillates between audio of recorded interview from the drone pilot, and the reenactment of the meeting between the reporter and the pilot in a Las Vegas motel room. The work was received with critical acclaim for the subtle presentation of the complexity of this controversial issue, neither glorifying nor vilifying the pilot.

 

One of his newer pieces, Remainder (2015) is an original work based on an adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s novel of the same name. This is the artist’s first feature length film, and tells the story of an unnamed young man who, after suffering a horrific head trauma caused by ‘technology parts and bits’ falling from the sky, remembers nothing and no one of his life before. The film follows the man through the aftermath of the accident as he struggles to establish an identity, left with only fragments of memories from his past. 

 

Omer Fast was born in Jerusalem in 1972 and grew up between Israel and New York. He received a BFA from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1995, and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2000. In October 2015, a monographic exhibition of Fast’s work opened at the Jeu de Paume Paris, and will travel to the Baltic Center of Contemporary Arts, Gateshead, and the KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in 2016. His work has been featured in dOCUMENTA (13), the 54th Venice Biennale, and the 2002 and 2008 Whitney Biennials. In addition, he has been the subject of a solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Le Caixa, Barcelona; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO; and at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.  

 

Fast's work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Musuem of American Art in New York; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; an the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Fast Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Omer Fast
MAR 25 - MAY 7, 2016 | 533 W26 ST NYC
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Frieze
"Omer Fast," by Christy Lange
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
"Remainder: Tom McCarthy and Omer Fast’s avant-garde explosion," by Phil Hoad
Articles / Reviews
Artsy
Wagner, A. “Omer Fast’s War-Weary Films Blur the Thin Line Between Memory and Reality”
Articles / Reviews
Hyperallergic
"Uncanny Films About the Traumas of War," by Bansie Vasvani
Articles / Reviews
artcritical
"At a Safe Remove: Omer Fast at James Cohan," by Dennis Kardon
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Chelsea Galleries, Like a Box of Chocolates," by Ken Johnson
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Omer Fast," by Kyle Bentley
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"Omer Fast’s Film ‘Remainder’ Is Poised to Bring Him a Broader Audience," by Brett Sokol
Articles / Reviews
The Guardian
"Omer Fast: Present Continuous review – teasing takes on sex, death and trauma," by Adrian Searle
Articles / Reviews
Blouin Art Info
Omer Fast On the Past and “Present Continuous” at BALTIC by Craig Hubert
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
"Art Direction: Erika Balsom on Omer Fast's 'Remainder'"
Articles / Reviews
ArtReview
"Omer Fast" by Helen Sumpter
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Never Forget," by Willie Osterweil
Articles / Reviews
The Hollywood Reporter
"'Remainder': London Review," by Stephen Dalton
Articles / Reviews
The Independent
"Omer Fast, film-maker: 'I stare at the screen, drink coffee, go and pee...'" by Karen Wright
Articles / Reviews
Frieze
"Novel Idea," by Tom Morton
Articles / Reviews
The New York Times
"The Art of Work, Hard-Core Edition," by Blake Gopnik
News
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
September 24, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Aarlborg, Denmark
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News / Events
April 12, 7 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
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News / Events
New York Jewish Film Festival
March 31, 2016
New York, New York
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News / Events
Film Society of Lincoln Center
March 21 & March 22
Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Museum Exhibition
Present Continuous
March 18 - June 26, 2016
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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News / Events
December 11, 2015 - April 10, 2016
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
October 20, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Paris, France
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News / Events
Film Premiere
October 10, 2015
London, United Kingdom