Louisa Martin - The Lighthouse

21 Nov 2014 – 20 Dec 2014

Bloc Projects

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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Preview - Friday 21 November 2014 - 7-9pm Exhibition — 22 November — 18 December 2014 Artist's Talk — Saturday 22 November 2015 — 3.30pm London based Louisa Martin's The Lighthouse is a series of short videos whose themes and characters are interlinked, brought together to form a single work. The videos explore the absent or invisible body as a site of potential, exploring how the mechanisms of filmed performance enable the simultaneous construction and concealment of identity, and synthetic forms of intimacy. The body double, the dancer, mimicry and lip-synching, costume and prosthetics all feature in order to explore the effects of living through digital selves on our subjective, internal sense of the sensual, material, bodily self — each video representing a psychological state. The Lighthouse functions as an extended metaphor, or pataphor, for the internal space of the protagonist, and for the constructed space of video projection. In a second degree of seperation from reality, in which the original context is abandoned, the works becomes an isolated and floating heterotopia for imaginary and impossible alternatives, in which the self only exists when performatively invoked. The videos were shot over the course of one year in constructed sets with minimal crew and were choreographed in collaboration with dancer Kyrie Oda. The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England. The first two videos in the series were commissioned by Whitstable Biennale. Louisa Martin (b.1983) works across live performance, sound, video, photography and drawing. Recent exhibitions and performances include; Whitstable Biennale, 2014; The Everything and Nothing Problem, Jerwood Space, 2013; Album2, Five Years, 2013; Of Course, Stour Valley Arts, 2013; Artists in Residence, Whitechapel Gallery, 2012; Veracity of Memory, Serpentine Project Space, 2012. Martin's short story As If (2013) has been published by Tate Modern as a meta-fictional resource for encountering the Tate Collection. Louisa recently joined Stour Valley Arts as an Associate Artist, following her commissioned exhibition earlier in 2013.

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