Hamann, Sigune (2005) Dinnerfor1. [Art/Design Item]
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'Dinnerfor1' is a 4 monitor video and sound installation which was first exhibited at the British Council Berlin in February 2005.
DinnerFor1 is a woman talking to you. Her questions (isolated from the replies using fictional and factual texts) are often universal, so that a viewer is directly engaged: each set of questions is taken from a different source, connoting different strata of society and areas of (public) life. These range from the sensationalist interview into Princess Diana’s private life, through the enquiry into the justification of the Second Gulf War with questions asked of Dr Kelly, the cross examination of Oscar Wilde at his trials to subversive snippets from Wilde’s Importance of Being Ernest.
The project consists of four looped videos, entitled the play, the committee, the trial and the interview.
DinnerFor1 examines and highlights national identities and their stereotypes in a medium accessible internationally and reflects on the possibilities of communication with virtual acquaintances through the computer and television screen. It was inspired by the cult German television production from 1963, based on a British vaudeville sketch from the 1920s. Dinner for One holds the record for repeated television screenings in Germany. This sketch, starring Freddie Frinton and May Warden, has been shown every New Year’s Eve since 1972. Over the decades it has impressed a vision of the British upon viewers in Germany and other European countries. And yet this TV-production from 1963 is unknown within the UK.
The setting of the piece as a permanent online installation and the venues and cities chosen for exhibition (British Council Berlin, Goethe Institute London and Goethe Institute Dublin) reflect and test the complexity of inter-national cultural relations and exchange.
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Dinnerfor1 was purchased by the Verbund Collection Vienna in 2006
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.
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).
"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."
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||dinner, germany, uk, performance, voice, comedy, manners|
|Date:||4 February 2005|
|Funders:||The British Council Germany, Goethe-Institut London, Transmediale 05, University of the Arts London|
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|Date Deposited:||17 Dec 2007 14:46|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 19:25|
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