Browsing Category: film installation

  • Douglas Gordon, 24 Hour Psycho (1993)

    How can one comment on a work of art based on an experience of no more than 10 minutes with it, when the entirety lasts an entire day? Well, the elevator pitch for Gordon’s film tells you enough. This is the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho (1960) slowed down from 24 frames a second to just …

    February 11, 2016
  • Mikhail Karikis, SeaWomen (2012)

    The baddest gang on the planet don’t ride Harleys out into the California desert. They ride mopeds around a South Korean island and dive for octopus in the choppy North Pacific. Bad-meaning-good is maybe not the word, but the sea-women are certainly tough cookies. Aged between 60 and 90, they explode all your preconceptions about …

    November 26, 2015
  • Shona Illingworth, Lesions in the Landscape (2015)

    In a rare moment of colour footage, this film by Shona Illingworth features figures with torches who work their way around a green twilight landscape, riddled with stony ruins. The searching orange beams bring to mind the point of our consciousness, while the vastness of the terrain stands for all we know and remember but cannot …

    September 22, 2015
  • Yto Barrada, Faux départ (2015)

    Both artworks and fossils can be forged. That’s the alliance revealed in a new film by Barrada which takes an artistic look at the forgery of prehistoric life forms. The forgery takes place in eastern Morocco between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. This region was once the bed of a pre-Cambrian ocean, so …

    August 13, 2015
  • Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus (2007)

    Slow down birdsong. Imitate it with human vocal chords. Record that and bring it back up to speed. And what you have is an uncannily accurate impersonation of any given feathered friend. If you didn’t know this, and few will at first, the 2007 film installation Dawn Chorus looks like a well-executed one-liner. It looks …

    May 22, 2015
  • Amanda Loomes, Relict Material (2015)

    In the servant quarters of a Regency Townhouse in Brighton, you can now see a film about one of the harshest jobs on the South Coast. Namely, dredging and processing aggregate for cement. And as if to stop the metropolitan art crowd from getting too cosy, civil engineer turned artist Loomes has projected her film …

    May 16, 2015
  • Simon Faithfull, REEF (2014)

    The real underwater world has already exercised its independence from the work of Simon Faithfull. REEF was fully working for six days, after which he lost transmission. But there is no going back. The artist did manage to burn and sink a 32-tonne ship. He did manage to salvage nearly a week’s video feed from …

    November 3, 2014
  • John Skoog: Redoubt (2014)

    As if they know what awaits them in adult life, children are drawn to castles, fortresses and hideaways. This was also perhaps the case for John Skoog. The Swedish artist tells me he grew up 40 minutes from the mother of all imaginary dens: a bunker, made in response to WWII, which took one man …

    February 12, 2014
  • Jordan Baseman, A Cold Hand on a Cold Day (2013)

    It is all very well writing with a skull on your desk (I don’t). But you might still wonder how much thought the saints of old gave to the more practical aspects of death. Now, however, American artist Baseman brings you right into that seldom-explored margin between death and burial/cremation, via an interview with funeral …

    October 30, 2013
  • Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Portrait of a River (2013)

    When the tide is going out and a wind is blowing from the East, crossing the Thames in a ferry is a skilled and hazardous affair. It is tempting to say Larsen charts a similar path. Work by this Danish artist rocks back and forth between beautifully composed segments of art film and fascinating clips …

    June 30, 2013