MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

MASS: Close Encounters is pleased to present MASSterpiece Theater, a film night with Nightmare City. Doing their best Alistair Cooke, Nightmare City will introduce and present, via video, the film that was the source and inspiration for their own video piece, DAISIES, currently on view in the group exhibition Friendship and Freedom. The screening will take place at 7PM on Thursday, February 26th, as MASS, 507 Calles St.


MASSterpiece Theatre is a one-off movie-night showcasing the 1966 Czech New Wave film, Daisies. Directed by Věra Chytilová, Daisies was co-authored by Ester Krumbachová and marked the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between the two women.

Featuring innovative cinematography, editing strategies, art design and a decidedly non-linear narrative, the film follows two young women, Marie I and Marie II, who conclude that the only response to a world gone bad is to go bad as well. Alternatively interpreted as a feminist political statement and a flippant puerile farce, Daisies has served as a generative and perennial influence in the development of Nightmare City’s collaborative practice.

Operating as a two-way mirror with both the protagonists of the original film and the collaborative relationship of Krumbachová and Chytilová, the repeated reenactment of the film’s opening sequence in Nightmare City’s DAISIES sought to reactivate the transgressive and antagonistic personas the two women created as Big Nightmare and Little Nightmare.


Nightmare City  IS/WAS/WILL BE a project that IS/WAS/WILL BE renowned for video art and installation works such as “Daisies,” “Welcome to Art School,” and “The Pixie Troll Witch Hour: Into the 3AM Void with Carol Anne & Keturah.”  Based in Berlin The Nightmares have exhibited videos, installation, performance, whatever at spaces including Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin, Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. Each Nightmare received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2006 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.


With each exhibition, MASS solicits participating artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity, inviting them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. Open and broad, this prompt can be approached in a multitude of ways: performance based, passive, or completely radical in execution or thought. Close Encounters is a challenge to the artist, as well as the audience, and is designed to provide a new way of encountering and understanding the creative process.


MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.