09: THIRD MEANING

JOHN AKOMFRAH (b. 1957 Ghana)

 

 

 

 

NOTES:

  • Practice: (1) don’t wait, (2) there are no mistakes, (3) receptive to possibilities
  • Montage: juxtaposition, bricolage, bring together fragments, the third meaning – dialectic, new meaning emerges from collision
  • Archive / library / collection / historical expanse – memory, mortality, image as immortality, surplus of fictions, intervention, regimes of representation
  • Inspiration: Tarkovsky – ‘border (limits) of cinema’, Stuart Hall – archive, post-colonialism
  • Transmedia context: cinema/TV/gallery – each zone has its own demands, be clear / courage to name germinations, sculpt forms of address as transformations
  • Social commentary
  • Migration: crossing seas/refugee-ship/death, diaspora, origins
  • Cinematic tropes: montage, time-remapping, dramatic re-enactment
  • Multi-screen: proximity, simultaneity, dialogue, association rather than counterpoint, reflections, emergence, dramaturgy/construct
  • Location / place

 

KADER ATTIA (b. 1970, France/Algeria)

Kader Attia, J’Accuse 2016, teak, steel rebar, single-channel digital video, projection, colour, sound, installation view, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne © the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis

Attia explores ideas around cultural exchange and the complex relationship between non-Western cultures and Europe, after decolonisation, through his art. – https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/exhibitions/759-kader-attia/
NOTES:
  • Memory/amnesia, past/future
  • Images and memory
  • Immigration, in-between space, journey
  • Exhibition as statement
  • ‘Charged’ objects, wunderkammer
  • Repair, injury, fixing, evolution, mimicry, destruction, fragmentation, untold stories, successions of states
  • Broken object, repaired object, tradition / modernity
  • Politics and poetry, ethic of art
  • Paradox – veil of illusion, chaos
  • La Colonie – cafe / agora / workshops / conference, public discursive space, gap between representation and the act
GRAD SHOW COORDINATOR: STEPHANIE BEAUPARK sb924@uowmail.edu.au

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