A talk by visiting professor Emily Wardill

Clock icon 11 lokakuu 2018, 15:00

Thetalk on the 11th of October will be a screening of 2 works in their entirety:Game Keepers without Gamefrom 2010 and SEA OAK from 2008.

Gamekeepers without gameis set within the structure of a feature lengthmelodrama and formally based on the Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón de laBarca's play La vida es sueño (Life is aDream). Its narrative traces thedifficult return of a child who had been banished from the family home,translating this into contemporary British context. Acted scenes against a brightwhiteground where nothing and nobody touches each other alternate with stillshots of objects that fluctuate between status symbols, evidence of crime andtheatrical props. A drumming sound trackbuilds up and breaks down like thebuilding of a house.

SEAOAK is an installation where an imageless 16mm film plays spotlit in the middleof a room. It is comprised of a compilation of extracts from interviewsconducted with researchers at TheRockridge Institute, a left-orientated thinktank in Berkeley, California. From 2001 until its closure in April 2008, theyexamined contemporary political rhetoric with special emphasis on theemployment of metaphor and framing. Looking at the history of right wing thinktanks in the US, ideas around theatricality in rhetoric and the changing statusof what is considered to be'common' SEA OAK is also a sculptural considerationof how the irrational can be constructed to seem rational.

Talk will be followed by a Q A.

Emily Wardillhas been working for 20 years as an artist infilm, sculpture, installation and performance. Her sensual works attempt to investigate the synesthetic nature of our understanding and communication and rewire connections between images, ideas, and imagined objects.

Wardill’s work was exhibited in solo shows including Bergen Kunsthall (2017), Gulbenkian Project Spaces (2017), INDEX, Stockholm (2014), The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2012); de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2012); The Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (2011) List Centre MIT Boston and ICA, London (2007–08). Her work was included in group shows at The Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva (2016), Salzburger Kunstverein (2015), the Serpentine Gallery London (2012), the Showroom Gallery London (2010), the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (2011), the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge/MA (2010), the ICA, London (2008), the Hayward Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; MUMOK Vienna; and MOCA, Miami.

Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010 and the Leverhulme Award in 2011. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and the 19th Sydney Bienalle (2014).