PopMuse: Video Art http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Jacob Rees-Mogg: my early career as an avant garde film star https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/29/jacob-rees-mogg-my-early-career-as-an-avant-garde-film-star https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/29/jacob-rees-mogg-my-early-career-as-an-avant-garde-film-star Tue, 29 Oct 2019 16:48:38 UTC Melissa Gronlund at Video art | The Guardian Long before he reclined for the cameras in Parliament, the Tory MP had a career as an actor – in experimental films made by his socialist aunt. He recalls his days of blazers and butterfly-chasing‘She was the most lovely aunt,” says Jacob Rees-Mogg. “Wonderfully kind, and took a lot of trouble with her nieces and nephews.” The leader of the Commons is taking a pause from pushing Brexit to speak about his father’s sister, the avant-garde film-maker Anne Rees-Mogg. Yes, you read that right – the Rees-Mogg clan has a little-known arty streak. Long before Jacob was lounging in front of cameras in parliament, he was making rather different appearances in his Aunt Anne’s experimental films.The works were shown in a former British Rail canteen in north London that had been taken over by a film-makers’ cooperative in the 1970s. There, in a screening area set up at one end of the large, leaky-roofed space, Anne’s filmic collages captured Jacob and his siblings mugging sweetly for the camera. He was, apparently, her favourite. When I go on telly now, I'm quite conscious. But when you're under 10, you're just doing something jollyShe was not right-wing. So it was an early way of realising somebody one loved could have a different political view Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Elizabeth Price: A Long Memory review – traumatic visions that are hard to forget https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/28/elizabeth-price-a-long-memory-review-the-whitworth-manchester https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/28/elizabeth-price-a-long-memory-review-the-whitworth-manchester Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:16:24 UTC Hannah Clugston at Video art | The Guardian The Whitworth, ManchesterThe Turner prize winner’s multi-layered yet surprisingly succinct exhibition considers how we form and hold memoriesA common fix for those struggling with sluggish internet use is to clear the cache. A quick trip into settings and the browser forgets all your logins, your recently viewed websites and Google searches for things like “Donald Trump impeachment odds”, “best sustainable swimsuits” and “how do I clear the cache?” But what if we didn’t clear the cache? What if – instead – we kept returning to the webpages we viewed for one minute, mining them for information and viewing them as avenues of exploration?That is what Elizabeth Price does in A Long Memory at the Whitworth, the Turner prize winner’s most extensive exhibition to date. The only difference is that this cache is not full of cat memes but rather decades of research delving into the hierarchies of labour, the formation of memories and the development of social history. It is long in both its observation of time (looking to the future while reflecting on events in the 1970s) and in the depth of its investigation. Yet for something so multi-layered, A Long Memory is surprisingly succinct. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Reich/Richter review – two artists with the power to disrupt time and space https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/24/steve-reich-gerhard-richter-review-barbican https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/24/steve-reich-gerhard-richter-review-barbican Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:05:38 UTC John Lewis at Video art | The Guardian Barbican, LondonAn ever-shifting new composition by Steve Reich is set to a Rorschach-like new film by Gerhard Richter, with wonderfully disorientating, hypnotic resultsThis collaboration between the New York composer Steve Reich and the German painter Gerhard Richter sees both of them stepping slightly outside of their respective comfort zones. Reich’s music is rather more nuanced and irregular than normal, while Richter’s contribution, made with film director Corinna Belz, is a slowly evolving piece of optical art projected on a large screen above the 14-piece ensemble.Richter’s film is based on a 2012 book of computer-generated art called Patterns, which halved and mirrored his paintings to create kaleidoscopic images. As Reich’s music starts, the screen displays a series of horizontal stripes – like a Bridget Riley painting, or a piece of Missoni knitwear – which are gradually disrupted by vertical lines, creating fractal patterns. They keep subdividing, symmetrically, to the point where the image on the screen looks like a Persian rug, or one of those three-dimensional Magic Eye pieces, or a symmetrical version of one of Richter’s scraped and squeegeed abstract canvases. Ultimately the visuals start to resemble Rorschach blots, and the audience will start to impose their own connections between the audio and visuals. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ John Giorno – the New York radical who broke art and poetry's boundaries https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/15/john-giorno-artist-new-york-radical https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/15/john-giorno-artist-new-york-radical Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:06:09 UTC Oliver Basciano at Video art | The Guardian Whether sleeping in a five-hour Warhol film, putting poetry over the phone or experimenting with augmented reality, the artist, who has died aged 82, refused to be confined by convention‘What do telephones, poetry and the Museum of Modern Art have in common?” read a press release issued by the New York institution on 21 July 1970. A question to which they might have added gay liberation, Aids activism, the aesthetics of advertising, Tibetan Buddhism and sleeping for Andy Warhol, and still received the answer of John Giorno. The artist and poet, who died on Friday aged 82, was the linchpin of New York’s downtown scene.The list of his collaborators, friends and lovers, many of whom made their work at the Bunker, the studio complex Giorno established on the Bowery, which the New York Times described in 1965 as “a vision of Montparnasse replacing Skid Row”, is as numerous: John Cage, Anne Waldman, Mark Rothko, Lynda Benglis, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Trisha Brown and Carolee Schneeman were all contemporaries. In 1963 he appeared in Warhol’s film Sleep, which lasted five hours and 20 minutes and consisted of a static shot of Giorno asleep. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Silence or death: Turner finalist Lawrence Abu Hamdan on recreating a horrific Syrian jail https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/01/silence-or-death-turner-finalist-lawrence-abu-hamdan-on-recreating-a-horrific-syrian-jail https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/01/silence-or-death-turner-finalist-lawrence-abu-hamdan-on-recreating-a-horrific-syrian-jail Tue, 01 Oct 2019 05:00:39 UTC Charlotte Higgins at Video art | The Guardian Saydnaya prison is a black hole of abuse where inmates are forced into silence on pain of death. The artist reveals how his library of sound effects helped survivors recount their shocking storiesThree years ago, Lawrence Abu Hamdan spent a week in a room in Istanbul that would transform the way he understood the world. “The things I thought going in and coming out were completely different,” he says. “There was a radical shift. That’s why I made the works I have made.”Abu Hamdan – 34, neatly bearded, fashionably bespectacled – tells me this in Beirut, where he lives with his wife and daughter. It is a few days before he travels to the UK to install his entry in the Turner prize show in Margate, which will feature the work of three other finalists. We are in an office in the echoing, post-industrial Sfeir-Semler gallery, where many of his works, recent and not-so-recent, are on view until January. Related: Turner prize 2019 review: Outrages of our age, in sound, vision and papiermache Inmates hearing became so acute they could pick out the softest noises: the minute crack of lice being killedWhat we were measuring … was about the condition of extreme hunger and what it does to the senses. The distortion spoke lucidly about the experience Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Turner prize 2019 review: Outrages of our age, in sound, vision and papiermache https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-2019-review-outrages-of-our-age-in-sound-vision-and-papiermache https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-2019-review-outrages-of-our-age-in-sound-vision-and-papiermache Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:48:45 UTC Adrian Searle at Video art | The Guardian Turner Contemporary, MargateFleeing figures wait, a city cries out for people, Derry women fight for peace, and an earwitness hears tortured Syrians … we give our verdict on this year’s gripping showThe Turner prize show – in picturesAll four artists in this year’s Turner prize focus on the miseries of our time; on human resilience; on division and reconciliation; on despair and hope. None have neat solutions, nor do they ignore complexity. Their approaches are all utterly different, in an exhibition that has painting and sculpture, film and digital imagery, theatricality and documentary, horror and humour.With the help of 40 volunteers, Oscar Murillo brought his audience of 23 clothed and painted papiermache figures to Margate from his London studio by train, in wheelchairs. Now the figures sit, in their workclothes, in rows of church pews, in front of a huge gallery window overlooking the sea. Except the view is obscured by a huge black drape that partially sags open, giving a small view on to the sky. Dumbfounded, expectant, laughing, gawping and bemused, they stoically wait for work, to travel, for something. Some have metal pipes driven through their stomachs, stuffed with burned corncobs and ashes.The Turner prize exhibition is at the Turner Contemporary, Margate, 28 September to 12 January. The winner will be announced on 3 December. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Utopian dreams and death sentences: Turner prize 2019 – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-shortlist-2019-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/turner-prize-shortlist-2019-in-pictures Thu, 26 Sep 2019 13:56:54 UTC David Levene at Video art | The Guardian Travel, time and political tumult mark the work of this year’s four shortlisted artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani. Their work features in this galleryAdrian Searle’s review of the Turner prize showContinue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Jarman award nominees – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/jarman-award-nominees-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/sep/26/jarman-award-nominees-in-pictures Thu, 26 Sep 2019 06:01:26 UTC at Video art | The Guardian Named after film-maker Derek Jarman, this award honours artists who use the moving image in a spirit of experimentation. The six nominees, Cécile B Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Hetain Patel, Imran Perretta and Rehana Zaman, explain their work, as it tours the UK until 8 December Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Unseen Amsterdam 2019 – cutting edge of art photography https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/25/unseen-amsterdam-2019-cutting-edge-of-art-photography https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/25/unseen-amsterdam-2019-cutting-edge-of-art-photography Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:28:20 UTC Arnel Hecimovic at Video art | The Guardian Incorporating camera-less photogram techniques and embroidery as well as Photoshop and video art, these eye-catching highlights from the eighth annual photography fair find artists testing the boundaries of the mediumThis year’s edition of the avant garde photo art fair Unseen featured 140 exhibitors in total. There were 53 galleries from around the world showcasing artists, including 19 galleries exhibiting for the first time.� Maud Chalard & Th�o GosselinPromesas de Saliva, from the series Rage of Devotion, by Lisa AmbrosioSkulz, from series The Years of Snake, by Delphone DialloClockwise from top left: Premium Connect; Recaptiulation installation; Sugar Walls Teardom, by Tabita Rezaire, courtesy Goodman GalleryTrapped Soul (top), Waves Under My Eyelids and Eleutheria 2, from the series Albahian, by Joana Choumali, courtesy Gallery 1957The Meeting, above left, and Pyramid, top, from the Interdimensional Landscapes series (2019); above right: Cosmic Stone Stack, from the series The Arrival (2018) by Liz Nielsen/Black Box ProjectsClockwise from top left: The Day of the Fires; Les 4 Cols, from the Sound of the Black Waves series; work-in-progress shots of The Fall; Une Pluie de Sardines � David Favrod, courtesy IbashoSans titre #0005 (top); Sans titre #1302 and Sans titre #0004, from the series ACTIN, 2019 by Mustapha Azeroual, courtesy Galerie Binome.San Francisco, from the series Living Room, by Jana Sophia Nolle, courtesy Catharine Clark GallerySlab, top; Bouyant, left; Uprising, right, both from the series Drown in Magic (2019) by David Uzochukwu, courtesy Galerie Number 8HyperFocal by Simon RobertsReindeer race by Charles Xelot, left; Tehran diaries by Parisa Aminolahi, rightFoot face 9 by Xing Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Best Before Death review – Bill Drummond’s intriguing art odyssey https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/22/best-before-death-review-bill-drummond https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/22/best-before-death-review-bill-drummond Sun, 22 Sep 2019 04:30:05 UTC Wendy Ide at Video art | The Guardian Paul Duane’s documentary finds the former KLF man touring the world for 12 years of odd jobsCaptured over two years of a “12-year world tour” visiting 12 different cities, this intriguing portrait of artist Bill Drummond (a former member of the KLF) is an unexpectedly revealing character study. The work – Drummond travels to each town or city and performs a series of self-imposed tasks – is curiously inflexible. He imposes his list of activities – banging a drum, constructing a “cake circle”, building a bed, among other things – in each venue with an almost compulsive lack of variation. He engages in conversations with the locals, but we don’t get a sense of a dialogue.It’s a project that lacks the chaos and organic quality of, for example, Andrew K�tting’s art films. This documentary stops short of interrogating Drummond about the point of it all, but director Paul Duane’s perceptive camera picks up on the moments when Drummond’s robust self-belief wobbles and he realises that some of his tasks, such as offering to shine the shoes of passersby in Calcutta, are not quite as innocuous as he originally thought. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/