For Process | Event Jenny is showing Carl Callum’s A Part of Me (1998, Video, 20 minutes), Carolyn Lazard’s Consensual Healing (2018, HD Video, 13 minutes) and Hollis Frampton’s Critical Mass (1971, 16mm, 25 minutes).
‘In Carl Callum’s A Part of Me, a young British black man observes how his white foster family and his biological Jamaican mother squirm when questioned about the cultural and racial complexities of his life. Interviewing his foster mother and aunt in person, and his biological mother on the phone, the artist upsets the delicate propriety of these relationships, in both cases unveiling unspoken intentions and decisions that have shaped his life.’ – Maria Troy. Wexner Centre for the Arts
‘In Carolyn Lazard’s Consensual Healing, a conversation between a therapist and their client unfolds as a yellow ball swings back and forth. Replicating simple animations of online EMDR videos used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Consensual Healing feeds Octavia Butler’s short story ‘Bloodchild’ through scripted therapeutic protocols, destabilising relations between coercion and consent, form and content, trauma and fiction‘. – Text by the artist
“As a work of art I think Critical Mass is quite universal and deals with all quarrels (those between men and women, or men and men, or women and women, or children, or war). It is war!… It is one of the most delicate and clear statements of inter-human relationships and the difficulties of them that I have ever seen. It is very funny, and rather obviously so. It is a magic film in that you can enjoy it, with greater appreciation, each time you look at it. Most aesthetic experiences are not enjoyable on the surface. You have to look at them a number of times before you are able to fully enjoy them, but this one stands up at once, and again and again, and is amazingly clear.” – Stan Brakhage