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Turner Prize Descent

Yass, Catherine (2002) Turner Prize Descent. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Yass, Catherine

This exhibition comprised two films shown as DVD projections and a series of lightboxes. It marked a transition point in my work, which furthered my exploration of movement – of the human subject and that of the camera. This work had two central thematic concerns. First, to communicate an experience impossible to express, like falling or flying, as a person would be dead before they could describe it. Secondly, to explore what happens when a personal dream rubs up against a social one and how this develops into an ideal or a nightmare.

In both films, the camera is fixed to a moving object: In 'Descent' – a crane scaling the side of a skyscraper under construction in the Docklands, Canary Wharf; In 'Flight' – a small remote controlled helicopter circulating over BBC Broadcasting House in central London. The footage was manipulated – the images inverted and revolving respectively. The films communicate visceral experiences to the viewer whose point of view collapses into that of a machine. These methods obscure the potential transparency of the films’ structures, thus exceeding the Structuralist paradigm posed in films made by artists such as Michael Snow and Richard Serra.

Juxtaposing the films with the lightboxes compounded the exploration of movement by questioning the way in which we perceive ‘still’ images to be devoid of movement and moving images to be an expression of a subjective temporality.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 30 October 2002
Event Location: Tate Britain
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 13:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2010 10:15
Item ID: 1250
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1250

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