Continuing our occasional series of short films by local filmmakers and those who have a connection to Plymouth is Shahar Tuchner’s Floating Worms, which Plymouth Arts Centre screened in 2020 as part of a Cine-Sisters SW Short Film event.
The sea worms silently float on water in a deep contrast to their outlandish colors that bring to mind the stressful hectic lifestyle of modern society. Peacefully carried away, the worms offer a more tranquil alternative.
Shahar Tuchner, born 1987, is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Israel. Tuchner is a graduate of the Open Program at Hamidrasha School of Art at Beit Berl College (2010). His works in various media, such as video-art, installation, painting and sculpture, often deal with social issues regarding consumerism, multiculturalism and representations of reality through the media (cinema, television, cyberculture, advertising, etc.). In his video-art works, Tuchner examines the relationship between image, movement and music, and in his sculptures and installations he often uses readymade in order to explore the line between common everyday objects and art.
Tuchner’s works have been shown in group exhibitions at leading galleries and art spaces in Israel and around the world, including: Venice Biennale (Italy), Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg (USA), The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham, NN Contemporary Art in Northampton, 5th Base Gallery in London, (UK), Janco-Dada Museum in Ein Hod, the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) and Contemporary by Golconda Gallery in Tel Aviv (IL) and more. Tuchner has won several awards for his works, and they are included in the collections of the Yad Vashem Museum, Janco-Dada Museum and private collectors worldwide.