A 21st Century Cinematic Bricolage, A Story of the Lost and Found
"Her oeuvre is never lacking in brashness, intelligence, perversity and wit. Her work is always dour and comic, a kind of diasporic standup that gets ventriloquized through bridges and animals and cigarettes and women's faces and out the window of moving cars. The congenitally haphazard avant garde that the accidental is at the apex of her formalism. The film has a single subject, she, and she seems to be all the waitresses, all the smoking women looking out windows, and the men too seemed to be immersed as well in the same cranky tragedy of this hurt and elevated world; just a slippery history full of the broken puppetry of her narrators. The elegant sprawl of The New World is walking off into the distance with its head tiled to the side in the midst of a beautiful and unanswerable thought." - Eileen Myles, 2014
"--The century of cinema, like browsing through a beautiful library catalogue of time and memory. all the moments that fall between the cracks, brought back to life --histoires--that may or may not have been our own, but are now impregnably lodged in our psyche. Are these all the moments we forgot through time, the generations?" - Lucky Cheng 2014
"The nights are so inky and dark, the snow-scenes blown out, it's a reprise of the mid-late 20th century. All of the smoking women were fierce" - Chris Kraus, 2013
Ruth Novaczek is an artist and curator. She studied fine art film at St. Martins School of Art in London, and an MA in Fine Art, at Central St Martins in 2000. In 2015 she earned a practice-based PhD entitled ’21st Century Avant-Garde; New Vernaculars and Feminine Ecriture’ from the University of Westminster, London and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster. She has since been making film, performance and installation work that explores diaspora, gender, humour, sexuality, cinematic language and philosophy.