Anja Kirschner & David Panos
The processes and devices employed in narrative cinema are often subsumed by the visual nature of the medium. This exhibition brings together artists whose work investigates the cinematic process; creating narratives adopted or appropriated from film and the cine-novel, the works allude to the underlying psychological aspect that is integral to the creation of tension within cinema. The artists deconstruct these approaches and open up new questions surrounding the nature of cinema. They demonstrate how the re-interpretation of a scene or dialogue can alter its meaning, exposing the structured layers of the cinematic process. The presence of each piece within the darkened gallery space alludes to the cinema space as well as theatre. The exhibition identifies specific strategies used by artists to articulate their understanding of the role of cinema within both the historical and present context. This ongoing dialogue between art and cinema is constantly shifting and evolving, more so with the development and access to new technologies as well as to film archives. This has created an expanded framework and reference points from which we can extend our understanding of the moving image and its implications.
Kirschner & Panos Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances is a multi-channel video installation based on the acting techniques developed by Sanford Meisner, which still today remain highly influential on American cinema and drama. The technique emphasizes the importance of improvisation and creating a subtext through emotional responses. Intense repetition and observational feedback allows the actors to recreate an authentic experience and emotional response in their performance. The method is based on theories of the ‘true’ nature of human behavior. This piece allows the viewer to recognise familiar methods in acting that were once seen as radical are now formulaic in popular cinema and soap operas. The installation combines footage of young actors working with Meisner’s exercises and material from the history of theatre and cinema. Kirschner & Panos aim to interrogate the assumption of post-modern naturalism and its blurring of the distinction between dramatic artifice and seemingly ‘primal’, ‘human impulses’.
Allan Hughes Point of Audition examines established functions of the recorded voice in cinema and its position of subjective authority that is essential to the connection between body and voice The two channel, synchronized video installation takes as its starting point the role of the tape recording device and the established access to self determination of the cinematic voice-over in the narrative of Alan J. Pakula’s Klute (1971). Hughes reconstructs one of the scenes with Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) and the analyst and imposes vocal extracts from Fonda’s Radio Hanoi transcriptions. Jane Fonda’s identification with her character, Bree Daniels, in the film was deeply empathetic and in particular her understanding of the process of subjective authority that is intrinsically bound up with ideas of the relationship between body and voice. This was an understanding that she was concurrently engaging with in her own life as she protested American policies in the Vietnam War and specifically when she took the opportunity to ‘lend her voice’ to the anti-war movement by traveling to Vietnam and speaking out on Radio Hanoi in the summer of 1972. Here Fonda made a series of politicised statements given in protest to American involvement in the Vietnam War, infractions of the Geneva Convention and the policies of President Nixon’s administration. They were directed primarily towards U.S. soldiers based in Vietnam. The work examines the function and effect of remediation on the voice and explores the consequences of establishing the voice as an object that is extra-linguistic to speech. The material aspect of the voice shifts between historical subjects, the work and the spectator.
Allain Robbe-Grillet’s novel Jealousy is the starting points for Laurence Kavanaghs sculpture Jealousy. The novel is a series of repetitive description of settings and objects that infer the psychology and interiority of the unseen narrator. Kavanagh interprets these encoded cinematic descriptions and recreates scenes through a three dimensional sculpture. Constructed from everyday materials the sculpture plays with both the real and the imaginary, creating a set through which the viewer can recreate both the tension and the scenes that is present in the cine-novel. The meticulous attention to detail and the layering of scene on scene reflects the complexity of the text and the obsessive nature of the narrator.
Mary Creminis a curator based in Dublin. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. She is currently Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has worked with artists such as Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard and Gerard Byrne and has acted as assistant editor/editor on IMMA publications and the multi- disciplinary publication Boulevard Magenta. Upcoming, curated projects at IMMA include Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection. Prior to this she was Director of the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin. Co-curated projects include: Here and There, Oonagh Young Gallery and Wallace Gallery, New York (2010/2011), Blasphemy at the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2010), independent projects include The Inhabitant: Martin Healy, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2011), Pilgrimage from Scattered Points: Luke Fowler, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (2011) Dawning of an Aspect, Dublin (2009), Arise Ye Starvelings…, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin (2008), Sonic Youth, Dublin and Wallace Gallery, New York, (2008), Sheltering Daydreams, New York (2007) as part of House Projects, Eoin McHugh: Drawings, Dublin (2007), From Where I Stand, Cork (2006). She received the Art Trail Curator award in 2006. She was awarded the Curatorial Studio in Temple Bar Gallery & Studio, Dublin for 2010/2011. She is currently on the Curatorial board for Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios would like to thank the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Pallas Contemporary Projects, The Cork Film Collective and the Irish Film Institute for their support with this exhibition.
Saturday 25 February 2012, 6 – 8pm