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Hamann, Sigune (2002) NothingButTheTruth. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Hamann, Sigune

'NothingButTheTruth' is a docufiction, using photography and sound, within which ever multiplying options offer narrative fragments of different public and private perspectives of a single event. I have chosen to take as my material a moment in contemporary history that posed a series of questions, all of them complicated by issues of memory, visual perception and the use of evidence: the political violence of the early 1970s in Italy.

Simultaneously a semi-secretive search into an event, a mystery thriller, newspaper investigation, a comic enquiry into the limits of reconstruction, the navigation of the website through these multiple fragments becomes the actual theme of the site. Through perception of visual and audio fragments and their associative power the user makes his/her own emotional sense of the material. The work examines the nature of storytelling and memory in a non-linear medium and allows viewers to immerse themselves in the content and form of the piece without being conscious of interfacing with a computer.

The research has been disseminated via the international conference Interfiction IX – arte-Faction, Kassel (2002), Stuttgart Film Winter Festival, media selection (January 2003), The Irish Museum of Modern Art Net, Dublin ( since 2003), Rhizome art-base collection New York ( since 2003)

It was reviewed by Matthew Fuller no amnesty in Italy, nettime, 10. September, 2002, and can be accessed at www.nothingbutthetruth.org.uk and is discussed by Helen Sloan, in Ravelling the Mystery 2002.

Official Website: http://www.nothingbutthetruth.org.uk
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Sigune Hamman

Research Interests

Moving image; narrative structures & non-linear storytelling; sound - image relationship; video and photography.


Sigune Hamann's work encompasses video and film strip installations, photography, animated films and interactive media projects, exploring narrative structures through filmic images, languages and sound.
After studying Visual Communication in Berlin, Hamman received a DAAD scholarship for Great Britain (1990-91) where she graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. She was also awarded a scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (1991-93), the Prince Albert's Vision Award (1992) and Delfina Studio Award in 1994.
In 2006 Sigune was TrAIN artist in residence at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral (Bad Ems, Mainz), Germany.

Recent Research

Recent projects include the multi-narrative video installation 'DinnerFor1' which toured both Germany and the UK in 2005/06. Inspired by the cult German television production 'Diner for One' from 1963 (based on a British Vaudeville act from the 1920s), Hamman's 'Dinerfor1' is a collaboration with the actor Hayley Carmichael which plays on cultural stereotypes on British life and national identities through themes of wit, war and royality. Launched at the Goethe Institute in 2005, it now forms part of the International Verbund Collection, Vienna, Austria.

'I'll Walk Alone - You'll Never Walk Alone' was commissioned in 2005 by the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston as part of the exhibition 'Temporal 'Landcapes: Artists Working with Photography'. Referencing two popular war songs from 1944 in its title, Hammann's site specific installation was inspired by the sequential reading and narrative structures of Greek and Assyrian friezes in the Harris Museum. The panormaic film-strip imagery was taken at a game between Preston North End and Derby County at Preston's Deepdale Football Stadium in May 2005.

The online docu-fiction 'NothingButTheTruth' was first screened at Interfiction IX - arte-Faction, Kassel (2002), and subsequently at the Stuttgart Film Winter Festival (January 2003), The Irish Museum of Modern Art Net, Dublin (2003), and since 2003 is represented in the Rhizome art-base collection. Other ecent commissions include a large scale photographic diorama for Northampton Theatre, RHWL Architects, curated by Judy Adam (work in progress).

Artist Statement

"My work operates in the space between the still and the moving image. I experiment with moving images and images created through movement, and explore non-linear narrative structures through panoramic images, language and sound. I aim to engage the viewer/listener through manipulation and fragmentation of factual and fictional texts. I am interested in the way factual text becomes fiction through intervention and fictional texts comment on factual events."

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Date: 15 November 2002
Related Websites: http://www.dinnerfor1.com, http://www.walkalone-neverwalkalone.net
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 22:34
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2011 10:46
Item ID: 1634
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1634

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