Christopher Tym (*1987, United Kingdom / Netherlands)
2018, Belgium and Malta, 15 min.
Icelandic, English; subtitles in Icelandic and English
VAFT screening: Stories Fri 24.5. ◷ 18-20 @ Kino Diana
Soð is an Icelandic cooking show but this episode is different: It started when artist Christopher Tym asked Kristinn Guðmundsson (the show's creator) if he could guest direct an episode of the show, but after the first draft went very wrong, the final result ended up becoming a bizarre self-reflexive film about friendship, cooking and film-making. It was funded by an Icelandic television channel but was eventually cut from the programming due to it's 'unconventional' form.
This is television episode made by artists: It was funded by an Icelandic television channel but was rejected because artists struggle to make 'regular' television episodes. I see it as a reflexive form of film-making that exposes it's own process but eventually lulls you back in towards an unexpected emotional ending.
Christopher Tym's work ranges from video installation to guest directing cooking shows. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam in 2012 and then from The Royal College of Art, London in 2017. The themes in his work surround deconstructed cinema, the semiotics of pop-culture and more recently, the multitude.