Vision Verticale. Monster Chetwynd

20 Jul 2019 – 13 Oct 2019

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Low tide 4.16am 5.02pm
High tide 10.36am 11.07pm

Focal Point Gallery

Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom


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Big Screen Southend is pleased to present ‘Vision Verticale’ by Monster Chetwynd.


As part of the associate programme for ‘Day Tripper’, the film will be screened each day throughout the exhibition at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
Vision Verticale
Duration: 31 min 10 sec
© Monster Chetwynd, courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles HQ, London

‘Vision Verticale’ (2014) was originally a commission from Le Consortium and the late Xavier Douroux, for which Chetwynd worked with the French space agency CNES (Centre National des Etudes Spatiales). She developed the storyline and scenery for the film over the course of four years. The film narrates the friendship of two puppets working aboard a space station – CNES scientists whose lives are destabilized by a strange terrestrial apparition. They explore a hat shop on earth, reflecting that their aerial view was superior; yet the shop is revealed to contain the pool of eternal youth. The characters use this discovery to enable long-distance space travellers to rejuvenate after sleeping for years. Light and whimsical in mood, the film resonates with Chetwynd’s wider practice – its haphazard performances and makeshift scenery engendering a dreamlike and occasionally grotesque atmosphere. The protagonists are handmade puppets, created using the artist’s distinctive papier-mâché technique – a process often employed in the theatre to make masks and props. In making the film, the artist worked with students from Villa Arson – the National School of Fine Arts in Nice.

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