ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Shezad Dawood - Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art - February 2nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A rare opportunity to witness an improvised music and art event based around Shezad Dawood’s interactive sculpture, <em>New Dream Machine Project. </em>Building on the contemporary legacies of Beat Culture and the Moroccan art, this live performance by PRAED invites the viewer to experience an immersive sensory environment of light and music. Reflecting a key theme in Dawood’s practise, this evening event will contribute a new layer of experience and meaning to a piece that is already located in a complex and shifting array of cultural references. The event will also form the basis of the new film commissioned by Parasol unit, forming the second in a trilogy of films by Dawood to map the progression of the <em>New Dream Machine Project </em>as it moves into new cultural contexts.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">PRAED are an improvisational group of musicians spanning Beirut and Paris, who perform worldwide. For more info about PRAED click <a href="">here </a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Availability for this event will be limited and places will be offered on a first come first served basis. A bar serving warm drinks will be available. This is an outdoor event so participants are encouraged to dress warmly. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> <strong>Please note: this event will be filmed.</strong></span></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:40:56 +0000 - The Photographers' Gallery - February 2nd, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Katrina Sluis, Curator (Digital Programme), The Photographers’ Gallery, talks about the current work on The Wall.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:20:02 +0000 Christie Brown - Freud Museum London - February 3rd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join Christie Brown for a tour of her exhibition<a href="" rel="nofollow"> 'DreamWork</a>'.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist and ceramicist Christie Brown responds to the Freud Museum in two key ways. Firstly, Brown is intrigued by the significance and nature of Freud’s large collection of figurative antique artefacts. Her second focus is on the idea that since human beings project a range of emotions onto objects, these objects have a life of their own. Drawing parallels between falling asleep and leaving the museum or studio, she suggests that inanimate objects may become animated in ways that are beyond our control, like dreams.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:12:02 +0000 Conrad Ventur, Jack Smith - Rokeby - February 4th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>ROKEBY hosts a Jack Smith screening of short films featuring Mario Montez on Monday 04.02.2013 </strong></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><em>Jungle Island</em>, 1967 was inspired by 40's Hollywood starlet Maria Montez from whom Mario takes his name. The film will be shown alongside <em>I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo</em>, 1967-70's which also features Mario.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"> </span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Artist Conrad Ventur will  be in conversation with Dr Gavin Butt, Reader in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths after the screening.</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">With thanks to The Jack Smith Archive and Gladstone Gallery, New York</span></div> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:48:07 +0000 Jay Rechsteiner - WW Gallery - February 5th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">WW is pleased to present the first UK solo show by Swiss artist, Jay Rechsteiner.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>‘JAY GUN, The Most Dangerous Man on the Planet</strong>’, is an exhibition which ridicules the absurdity of gun-toting machismo. A collection of home-made guns and ‘other gun-related stuff’ satirically takes its cue from American gun culture and weapon infomercials.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>‘JAY GUN, The Most Dangerous Man on the Planet’</strong> dramatises the blur between fantasy and reality, child’s play and fatal consequences: Rechsteiner states, “Guns have always held a great fascination, especially for boys. They equip you with the perceived power and invincibility that transforms you into a hero, a cowboy, the saviour of the world!”</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The gun, as a signifier of masculinity, is concerned with aggression - a tool which although frequently dangerous becomes useful in certain circumstances. It is also a totem of freedom, a penis substitute, a toy for the uncivilised, a symbol of power and a marker of the real American ‘manly’ man. And yet within the play and parody, a critical eye falls upon gun culture; it is sad and maddening that gun violence in the form of periodic massacres or gang-related killings appears out of control and unstoppable.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">JAY GUN is one of Rechsteiner’s idiot personae: the epitome of a soldier, a mercenary, a gangster, and product of a militia state. You are invited to kill him off in the exhibition’s shooting range. Crudely-drawn guns, a Blue-Peter style weapons arsenal, an accompanying infomercial and a manifesto are all presented in Rechsteiner’s inimitable madcap style.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p><strong>web:</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></strong></p> <p><strong>FB event: <a href=";fref=ts" rel="nofollow">;fref=ts</a></strong></p> <p><strong>twitter (WW Gallery): @WWGallery</strong></p> <p><strong>twitter (Jay Rechsteiner): @JayRechsteiner</strong></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:44:58 +0000 Louisa Fairclough, Chris Welsby - Camden Arts Centre - February 6th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Artists Louisa Fairclough and Chris Welsby lead a discussion around their work in the show.</span></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:27:17 +0000 Eran Rolnik - Freud Museum London - February 6th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <h3>Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity</h3> <h4>Author's Talk: Eran Rolnik with Stephen Frosh</h4> <p></p> <p>Few episodes in the history of psychoanalysis are as densely packed with trans-cultural, ideological, institutional and ethical issues as the arrival of psychoanalysis in pre-state Israel in the early 20th century. 'Freud in Zion' is the first work to explore this encounter between psychoanalytic expertise, Judaism, Modern Hebrew culture and the Zionist revolution. It offers a look at the relationship between psychoanalysis and a wider community, and follows the life and work of Jewish psychoanalysts during World War II. As such, it makes an important contribution to a central concern of psychoanalytic studies today, the interplay of psychoanalysis, culture, ideology and politics. Can psychoanalysis as a psychological-critical theory and Zionism as an ideology and consciousness really live together? Did historical reality and the new Hebrew culture play a role in shaping local psychoanalytic practice and ethics? The coming of Freudian psychoanalysis to pre-state Israel, where it rapidly penetrated the discourse of pedagogy, literature, medicine, and politics, becoming a popular therapeutic discipline, could thus be regarded as an integral part of a Jewish immigrant society’s struggle to establish its identity in the face of its manifold European pasts and its conflict-ridden Middle Eastern present.</p> <p><strong>Eran J. Rolnik, MD, PhD</strong>. Trained in psychiatry, psychoanalysis and history and is a member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society. He is the author of several papers on the evolution of Freud's thought and on the history of psychoanalysis. He is also the Hebrew translator and editor of several volumes of Freud's papers. He teaches at Tel-Aviv University and works in private practice.</p> <p>'Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity' is published by <a href="" rel="nofollow">Karnac Books.</a></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:53:00 +0000 Em Cooper - Freud Museum London - February 6th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Join us for a screening of Three short films which explore the complex and chaotic world of inner experience from a psychoanalytic perspective. Followed by a discussion between the director, Em Cooper and Andrea Sabbadini.</p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow">Em Cooper</a></strong> is a British director and animator specializing in combining oil-painted animation with live-action footage to produce short films based around psychoanalytic themes. She is interested in experimenting with film form and especially use of subjective perspectives. Her recent films have explored subjects such as infancy, obsessive compulsive behaviour and child abuse.  </p> <p>Em's films have been screened internationally, including at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Her work has also shown at Turner Contemporary, Margate and discussed at various psychoanalytic conferences including the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival in London and the International Ferenczi Conference in Budapest. Her film Confusion of Tongues was nominated for the 2012 British Animation Awards, Best Student Film.</p> <p>Em is currently working on a feature documentary for the BBC.</p> <p><strong>Andrea Sabbadini,</strong> C. Psychol. is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, its former Honorary Secretary and its current Director of Publications. He works in private practice in London, is a Senior Lecturer at UCL, a trustee of the Freud Museum, a member of the IPA Committee on Psychoanalysis and Culture, the director of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival, and the chairman of a programme of films and discussions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).</p> <p><strong><em>The Nest </em>(2010) dir. Em Cooper 12mins </strong></p> <p>It is seemingly just another school morning for Laura and her mother, Alice. But the differences between their two points of view leave us haunted by questions about Laura’s father. When memory and reality become confused, is it possible to understand what really happened?  <em>The Nest </em>is a film about the transmission of trauma through the generations of a family. It is a film snapped in two, both in narrative and in technique, using oil painted animation to bring out the unconscious motives which drive a difficult family dynamic.</p> <p><strong><em>Confusion of Tongues </em>(2010) dir. Em Cooper 6mins</strong></p> <p>Inspired by the 1932 paper by psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi, <em>Confusion of Tongues </em>takes us into the world of a woman suffering a sleepless night. Haunted by a recurring childhood memory and gripped by her fear of a window left open, she begins to recall a much deeper trauma.  Combining film with oil-painted animation Confusion of Tongues vividly conjures up the tragic confusion of desire which can be a devastating effect of child abuse. </p> <p><strong><em>Laid Down </em>(2007) dir. Em Cooper 15 mins </strong></p> <p>Shot from the point of view of a newborn baby, <em>Laid Down </em>explores the chaotic world of a developing infant. Set over the first few months of life, dipping in and out of animated dream sequences, we encounter the turbulent relationship between the baby's parents from the raw, emotional and preverbal perspective of the baby.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:55:08 +0000 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - February 6th, 2013 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As part of our season on photography, we host a panel discussion about the prolific and provocative fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, whose extensive editorial shoots for French Vogue and Charles Jourdan, among many others, broke conventions of fashion photography. As an image maker the product became secondary to the content and visual composition of his photographs. Controlled composition, hyper real colours, interplays of light and shadow, sensual and surrealist mise-en-scenes showed his artistic contribution to the world of fashion photography. Acclaimed for his cutting edge and daring narratives, the power of his images are still timeless and modern.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The event includes screening rare footage of Guy Bourdin’s cine films that capture his creative process and the fashion culture he witnessed.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Discussing his father’s work alongside Philippe Garner and Judith Clark, will be Samuel Bourdin, the only son of Guy Bourdin and co-author of the publication on his father, <em>Exhibit A: Guy Bourdin</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Philippe Garner is a Director of Christie’s and International Head of Photographs and has written extensively about 20th century photography including contributing to the legacy of Guy Bourdin.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Celebrated curator and international lecturer Judith Clark has headed major exhibitions from Anna Piaggi’s <em>Fashion-ology</em> at the V&amp;A, to last year’s striking <em>Chloé Attitudes</em>, where sixty years of the revered fashion house’s creations were displayed along with a treasure trove of photography including the works of Guy Bourdin.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:45:29 +0000 Tenzing Rigdol - Rossi & Rossi London - February 6th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Rossi &amp; Rossi are delighted to present Darkness Into Beauty, our second solo show by Tibetan artist <strong>Tenzing Rigdol,</strong> whose work will later this year be featured in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With a whole new array of work, Rigdol’s paintings are the product of collective influences and interpretations of age-old traditions; they are influenced by philosophy, often addressing issues of human conflict and have strong political undertones, an unavoidable element in his art. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><strong>Tenzing Rigdol</strong> </strong>is a contemporary Tibetan artist whose work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to digital, video-installation, performance art and site-specific pieces. He has been widely exhibited internationally, and his artworks are included in museums as well as public and private collections worldwide. He has also published three collections of poetry, ‘“R”—The Frozen Ink’ (2008), ‘Anatomy of Nights’ (2011) and ‘Butterfly’s Wings’ (2011), printed by Tibet Writes. He lives and works in New York.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:13:56 +0000 Rehana Zaman - Studio Voltaire - February 6th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Studio Voltaire</strong> presents a new commission by London based artist <strong>Rehana Zaman</strong>.<i> <strong> I, I, I, I, and I</strong> </i>will be Zaman’s first solo presentation of work and is the first exhibition produced through the gallery's new programme <i>Not Our Class</i>.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><i>I, I, I, I, and I</i> is a video work and installation that presents an abstracted account of the collaborative attempts of a group of people alongside a bizarre and twisted narrative featuring a pig, a dog and Adolf Hitler.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Over the course of 2012, Rehana Zaman has been examining the workshop as a site of 'the social' with a group of young people from Body &amp; Soul, a UK charity dedicated to transforming the lives of people affected by HIV. Improvisation games, collaborative techniques and performance strategies drawn from political theatre and actor's workshops have been integrated into sessions leading towards the production of a video work to be shown within the exhibition at Studio Voltaire.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The work emerges from an ongoing interest in the impact of social structures on the self from familial relations to broader constructs around community and identity as explored in previous works such as<i> Like an Iron Maiden Trapped Between a Rock and a Hard Place</i> (2010) and <i>Pig</i> (2012). Constructing the workshops as a site of research, central to the process of<i> I, I, I, I and I</i> have been the questions, how might a group of people collectively create a work? And to what extent is this at odds with the desires and impulses of the individual?</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Initiated in 2011 <i>Not Our Class </i>began a new programme of education and participatory projects that through research and practice take the work of Jo Spence as a starting point for investigating the legacy and potentials of her work in relation to contemporary culture and life. Through a series of commissions, offsite projects, workshops, public events and reading groups situated both within Studio Voltaire’s neighbourhood and contemporary art discourse the programme explores the new turn towards education and participation within contemporary art practice. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Rehana Zaman (b. 1982) composes anecdotes, vignettes and short stories drawn from specific socio-political contexts, as videos, performances and texts. Narratives are abstracted and carefully staged to examine how individuals and groups relate. Recent exhibitions include 'The GDR Goes On', The Showroom; 'The London Open', Whitechapel Gallery, London; 'We Love You', Limoncello, London; Outpost Open Film, Outpost plus UK tour (all 2012); 'Other People's Problems', Project Space Leeds (2011) and 'Of Many One', Scaramouche Gallery, New York, (2010). Rehana was a recipient of the Red Mansion Art Prize in 2012. She completed her MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in 2011 and is currently participating in the LUX Associate Artist Programme</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Supported by Bloomberg and by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">With kind assistance from Vanessa and Jonathan Curry &amp; Raven Row.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Rehana Zaman would like to thank The Elephant Trust.</span></div> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 07:23:39 +0000 Group Show - Studio Voltaire - February 6th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Studio Voltaire has developed a strong reputation for producing innovative and affordable editions and portfolios by leading international artists.  These have been collected by both individuals and institutions including:- Tate Collection, British Council Collection, Government Art Collection, South London Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Le Consortium and Migros Museum.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">A selection of Studio Voltaire editions and portfolios will be on show including Cory Arcangel, Pablo Bronstein, Alice Channer, Anthea Hamilton, Cary Kwok, Oscar Murillo, Ryan McGinley, Paulina Olowska, Elizabeth Price and Prem Sahib.</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <p><span></span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:01:54 +0000 Frederic Edwin Church - The National Gallery - February 6th, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" class="intro"><span style="font-size: small;">Step into a world of wild natural phenomena with the landscape oil sketches of celebrated American landscape painter, Frederic Church.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">‘<em><strong>Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch</strong></em>’ displays a distinctive aspect of the work of <strong>Frederic Edwin Church</strong> (1826–1900), his landscape oil sketches.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Church was a leading member of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, active in the mid-19th century, and a key American exponent of the oil sketch which he executed both at home and on his extensive travels to Niagara Falls, Labrador, Jamaica, Mexico and the Middle East.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Oil sketches have become objects of appreciation and study in their own right. Among students of American art, Church’s sketches in particular are admired for their freshness and originality.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition brings together around 25 oil sketches. Works are drawn from the incomparable collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and Olana, Church’s picturesque estate along the Hudson River, now a New York State Historic Site.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">They are joined in the exhibition by a single, monumental painting, 'Niagara Falls, from the American Side' (1867), showing the relationship between sketch and finished masterpiece. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The exhibition will travel to the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh (11 May – 8 September 2013).</span></p> <p style="font-size: 80%; text-align: justify;">This exhibition is organised by the National Gallery in partnership with and through major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support comes from The Olana Partnership and generous loans from Olana and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.</p> <p><img alt="Terra Foundation for American Art" class="amax-conmediafile-16043 amax-conmediafile-image" src="" height="40" width="113" /></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 09:14:55 +0000 - ANDOR - February 7th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <h2><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Alongside Pieterjan Ginckels' S.P.A.M. OFFICE.</span></h2> <h2><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">For First Thursdays, S.P.A.M. OFFICERS will be doing a screening of the Dolly Parton SMASH hit film, '9 to 5'.</span></h2> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:20:20 +0000 Jill Baroff, Stefana McClure, Winston Roeth, Phil Sims, Hadi Tabatabai, Beat Zoderer - Bartha Contemporary - February 7th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Bartha Contemporary Ltd. &amp; Joost van den Bergh Ltd. are delighted to announce a joint exhibition of Tantric drawings and objects juxtaposed with recent works by contemporary artists Jill Baroff, Rudolf de Crignis, Stefana McClre, Mike Meiré, Winston Roeth, Kate Shepherd, Phil Sims, Hadi Tabatabai and Beat Zoderer. The exhibition will be held at Bartha Contemporary’s space at 25 Margaret Street, off Regent Street.<br /><br />The Indian term tantra is generally linked with mystery and mysticism as well as with sex, magic and hocus-pocus in the West.<br /><br />Indeed, tantrism is connected with all these and even more. Buddhism, Hinduism,
Taoism, Jainism, Vajrayana, Bönpo, Ayurveda and Shamanism are some of the
philosophies, religions and sciences that were somehow influenced by tantrism.<br /><br />Tantras expand doctrines on the creation and destruction of the universe, the worship of certain deities, spiritual exercises, secret rituals, magical powers and meditation.<br /><br />Three words in Indian tantrism are related, also phonologically: tantra (the philosophy), mantra (the knowledge through sound) and yantra (the means to leading a tantric existence).<br />Many of the diagrams, mandalas and symbols, represented in Indian tantrism are of Jain origin and deal mainly with cosmographic themes. Jains have always made clear diagrams and maps of the world (Jambudvipa) and the cosmos (Lokapurusa). Jains described in the smallest of detail the macro as well as the micro-cosmos, using notions equivalent to light-years and atoms, long before western scientists discovered them.<br /><br />For this exhibition we have chosen to juxtapose selected tantric objects and drawings with works by contemporary artists, which both directly or indirectly relate and reflect on some of the notions of tantric art.<br /><br />Abstract in appearance the circular tide drawings by the New York artist Jill Baroff are depictions of tidal movements at specific geographic locations. Similar to the
astrological studies these drawings render and explore natural phenomena of cosmic origins.<br /><br />The late Swiss painter Rudolf de Crignis who together with his partner Michael Paoletta collected tantric drawings for many years is a perfect example how the study of yantra has attracted and bridged artistic practices over many centuries.<br /><br />Hence it comes as no surprise that reviews and essays concerning the work of American painters James Howell, Phil Sims, Winston Roeth and Kate Shepherd refer to apparent aesthetic similarities between their paintings and early tantric art.<br /><br />Literal references equally play an important role; Mike Meiré has been referencing
Indian philosophical writing for the titles of his work, which is routed in tantrism.
Equally much of Beat Zoderer’s early work shown here is heavily influenced by his experience traveling in India at the beginning of his career.<br /><br />This exhibition is the result of a shared passion for both Indian Tantric and Western Contemporary Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hence it comes as no surprise that reviews and essays concerning the work of American painters James Howell, Phil Sims, Winston Roeth and Kate Shepherd refer to apparent aesthetic similarities between their paintings and early tantric art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Literal references equally play an important role; Mike Meire has been referencing Indian philosophical writing for the titles of his work, which is routed in tantrism. Equally much of Beat Zoderer's early work shown here is heavily influenced by his experience traveling in India at the beginning of his career.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is the result of a shared passion for both Indian Tantric and Western Contemporary Art.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:26:02 +0000 Corin Sworn - Chisenhale Gallery - February 7th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chisenhale Gallery presents a newly commissioned work by the Canadian, Glasgow based artist <strong>Corin Sworn</strong>. This will be Sworn’s largest and most ambitious exhibition to date and comprises a film presented as part of an installation with synchronised lighting and sound. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><em>The Rag Papers</em> (2013) explores the socially constructed nature of attention and the implications of reuse and appropriation as they reconfigure the meaning of things. The film’s worried narrative shifts between the perspectives of three characters who interact with a series of objects at distinct moments in time. The film uses point of view shots and cutaway sequences to suggest the roaming of each character’s attention and in doing so introduces itinerant spaces such as hotel rooms, sorting depots and markets.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Sworn uses the language of filmmaking to question human agency, layering multiple subjective viewpoints and presenting the distracted nature of attention and thought patterns as she shifts back and forth between the modes of remembering, looking, processing and reading. Objects play a central role in the film, almost as characters in their own right, but the suggestion that they indicate or hold specific meaning is deflected as designations shift.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In recent work, such as the performance lecture <em>Roaming Charges</em> (2011), and in <em>HDHB</em> (2011), made in collaboration with Charlotte Prodger, Sworn has explored ideas related to the global circulation of objects and images. She expands upon these ideas in <em>The Rag Papers</em> with the inclusion of footage shot in second hand goods warehouses –vast repositories where post-consumer textiles and household goods are sorted for reuse and shipped to locations around the world. Here the past trails into the present and objects defy attempts at clean-cut historicisation. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Sworn is interested in the means by which artefacts are borrowed, adapted and reconfigured to tell different stories. Her work explores the social ordering of attention and how the erratic nature of perception might undermine control. Sworn’s films and installations often incorporate found images, over which she voices her own narratives, that are themselves composed from fragments of other texts.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In <em>The Rag Papers </em>Sworn continues this use of appropriation but renegotiates its terms. In producing the film she worked with the actors to devise a set of actions in an apartment, and then hired two documentary filmmakers to shoot the rehearsed sequences as if they were making a documentary film. Sworn edited the resulting footage to create a narrative which vaguely apes that of a genre film. She has described the work as ‘a seedy noir film that wishes it was an intellectual thriller’.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Corin Sworn (born 1977, London) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent exhibitions include; <em>Endless Renovation</em>, Art Now, Tate Britain (2011); Tramway<em>,</em> Glasgow; Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; Witte de With, Rotterdam (all 2010); <em>EASTinternational</em>, Norwich; Kunsthalle Basel (2009); Participant Inc. New York (2008). Sworn was nominated for The Jarman Award 2011 and The Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Award 2012, and has been selected to represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale, 2013. </span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><em><br />The Rag Papers</em>  is co-commissioned by Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK) where the exhibition will be presented in April 2013. The soundtrack of <em>The Rag Papers</em> is composed by Eric La Casa. Documentary footage is shot by Martin Clark and Cara Connelly.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Corin Sworn's exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, The Elephant Trust and the Corin Sworn Supporters Circle.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner 2013: Fiorucci Art Trust</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:25:20 +0000