A rare screening of videos from Late Barbarians artist Juan Downey’s The Thinking Eye series, including: Information Withheld (1983, 34 min, colour, sound) and Shifters (1984, 28:10 min, colour, sound). Originally made for public television, these remarkably ambitious and tacitly autobiographical videos show Downey drawing on linguistic, psychoanalytic, art historical, semiotic theory to unravel some of the foundational concepts of Western culture, such as the idea of “the self”.
This work will be introduced and placed in context by writer and curator Julieta González, adjunct curator at the Bronx Museum in New York and senior curator at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, where she curated Juan Downey: A Communications Utopia in 2013.
The Thinking Eye Screening & Presentation accompanies the group exhibition Late Barbarians featuring Juan Downey’s 1981 film The Looking Glass, alongside works by Lili Dujourie, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Matts Leiderstam and Chris Marker. The exhibition continues until 9 March 2014.
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