Mistaken Presence launches its second exhibition with Equivalience; an exhibition of film, which questions the validity of historical accounts.
John Adams, Ian Breakwell, Duncan Campell, Adam Chodzko, Stephen Connolly, Luke Fowler, Semiconductor
29th June – 13th August 2012
Launch Fri 29th June, 6-8pm
Free. All welcome.
Esquivalience is a 7-week film programme that brings together works that touch upon the role that time plays in the retelling of both historical and contemporary events or viewpoints. Taking its name from a fictitious New Oxford American dictionary entry, Equivalience explore and uncovers neglected histories. Reflecting the projects response to the buildings eventful history, the films bring into question the boundaries between the fictional and observational, which are so often blurred in the retelling of historical events.
Equivalience includes a screening of Luke Fowler’s portrayal of psychiatrist R.D Lang in All Divided Selves (26th- 30th July), which has rewarded Fowler with a recent 2012 Turner Prize nomination. Luke Fowler weaves archival representations of the Glasgow born Psychiatrist with his own filmic observations, in a work that reprises the vacillating responses to R.D Lang’ radical views of the time.
Stephen Connolly (The Reading Room,2003) and Ian Breakwell (Repertory, 1973) both reflect on the physical locations of archived information, within the British Museum and a locked theater. Whilst video and installation artist Adam Chodzo (Hole,2007) and John Adams (Stories, 1981) both present works that meet the notion of fiction with reality, that question our role as cultural consumers.
Semiconductor (Indefatigiable, 2010) shows a team working together to dismantle a simple bush, in a series of simple yet absurdly formal actions. Sitting somewhere between science documentary and fiction, Indefigaiable reflects on how we as humans construct methods to learn about the physical world around us. Finally, in a point towards our current problematic economic history and its effects on the physical world around us is Duncan Campbells film (Arbiet, 2011) and its portrait of the German economist Hans Tietmeyer, widely regarded as a contributor to Europe’s current economic woes. Campell’s film completes Esquivalience’s explorations in to the boundaries between the actual and the artful, record and interpretation, in historical narrative and media representation.
The seven films works will be shown throughout the friary on a weekly basis, mirroring the evolving narratives and histories of the friary building, providing new contexts for visitors through the exhibition.
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