Exhibition

Johanna Billing: I'm Lost Without Your Rhythm

12 Sep 2009 – 8 Nov 2009

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Free

Arnolfini

Bristol, United Kingdom

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  • Most city centre bus services stop within walking distance of Arnolfini. The nearest stops are at The Centre and Queen Square.
  • Arnolfini is a 15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station. A taxi rank can be found outside the station.

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Johanna Billing's videos reflect on routine, choreography and ritual, with an emphasis on the fragility of individual performance within collective experience. Obsessed by circularity and retrospection, she stages specific situations where something is about to take place, the artist herself remaining invisible during the performances and actions that are recorded. Billing's skill lies in combining the choreography of individuals with facilitating their freedom to perform naturally, bringing the whole together in the editing process. I'm Lost Without Your Rhythm is based on the recording of a live performance of dance ‘learned' or performed by amateur Romanian dancers in Iasi, Romania, during the Periferic 8 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Oct 2008. The film links several days' activity into a continuous process, in which dancers were watched by an audience who were free to come and go as they pleased. There is no final performance as such and so the work is a result of collaboration between choreographer, musicians, dancers and audience. A vinyl LP of the soundtrack to I'm Lost Without Your Rhythm will be released by Arnolfini in collaboration with the Munich-based label Apparent Extent. Her presentation at Arnolfini incorporates an in discussion talk with the artist, screening of her previous works, BSL tour and event/music performance You Don't Love Me Yet.

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