Thursday 17 May 2012

Thu 24 May Private Views: Lis Rhodes & Antonia Hirsch

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Feature article
Lis Rhodes 'Dissonance and Disturbance'.

Private View Thu 24 May 7 - 9pm

Exhibition runs Fri 25 May - Sun 24 June.

Tramway 2

Admission free.

Since the 1970s, Lis Rhodes has been making radical and experimental films that challenge the viewer to reconsider film as a medium of communication and presentation of image, language, and sound. The exhibition, which takes its title from Lis Rhodes' text Dissonance and Disturbance, presents films that encompass performance, photography, composition, writing and political commentary.

Films from throughout Rhodes' career are presented here at Tramway, from Dresden Dynamo (1972) and Light Reading(1978), to more recent works, such as the Hang on a Minuteseries (1983-1985) A Cold Draft (1988), In the Kettle (2010) and Whitehall (2012).

In Dresden Dynamo (1972), a film made without a camera, the physical marks made by Rhodes onto the celluloid stretch where the projector reads the optical soundtrack, resulting in sound drawings in which what is heard is seen and what is seen is heard. Light Reading (1978), has been described as a new direction for film, a technical and aesthetic tour de force of rapid fire editing, myriad techniques and a text which both manipulates and questions the structure of language and representation. Rhodes is presenting her most recent works In the Kettle (2010) and Whitehall (2012), together with A Cold Draft (1988) within a two screen installation for which she is creating a shared soundtrack.

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ImageAntonia Hirsch 'Komma (After Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun)'

Private View Thu 24 May 7-9pm

Tramway 5

Exhibition runs Fri 25 May - Sun 1 July

Presented in an installation context, Komma (after Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun) is a 16mm film installation based on Hollywood script writer Dalton Trumbo's seminal anti-war novel. The project re-imagines Dalton Trumbo's work through its idiosyncrasy – the book was printed entirely without comma's.

Set around the time of World War I, the novel with its—then particularly inconvenient—anti-war message, was first published in 1939. The book came into true prominence during the Vietnam war era, after its author had re-emerged from McCarthyist blacklisting throughout the 1950s.

The central device of Trumbo's novel is the body of the protagonist, a young American soldier who, incredibly, has lost his face and both arms and legs during combat. Unable to see, speak, hear, smell, or act, he is fully conscious, but seemingly completely without agency. As he struggles to come to terms with his personal tragedy, he strains to communicate with 'the outside world.'

The entire book was written without commas, though all other punctuation conforms to established conventions. The term comma is derived from Greek 'komma', meaning 'something cut off.' The installation features a spoken word recording of the novel, white flashes in the film mark the location where commas in the text would of appeared according to the Chicago Style Manual.  

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