|Type of Research:||Show/Exhibition|
|Group or Collective Creators:||Circa Contemporary Arts Projects|
A special Event as part of the programme Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
Writer, artist and curator Steven Ball presented a specially curated programme entitled Recalling the Shots that showcased landmark artworks from the past 40 years, including experimental cinema classics, rarely screened artists’ films, and rediscovered seminal video works. In connection with Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, these works investigated familiar cinematic roles such as the actor, the director, the voice-over artist, and the extra; reconstructing performance, music and scene description from classic cinema, television and contemporary media
In Sarah Dobai’s Nettlecombe, the landscape is ‘performed’ as non-human elements such as the strength and direction of the wind, the movement of the trees and bushes are all choreographed. Set as it is in a landscape garden, an artificial wilderness, the film critiques the artificiality of landscape representation, nature as essential and undetermined is a cinematic illusion.
View a clip and read the synopsis of Sarah Dobai's 'Nettlecombe' at http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/showcase/assets/showcase_items/nettlecombe
|Additional Information (Publicly available):||
Recalling the Shots cuts across the received history of artists' moving image, featuring work from the past 40 years including experimental cinema classics, rarely screened artists’ films, rediscovered seminal video works, through to new and recent contemporary works. The works in the programme move beyond appropriation and deconstruction techniques as they engage with cinema, television and digital media conventions and phenomena to consider, reconstruct and reinterpret them in new and unusual ways. Recalling the Shots includes work by Sarah Dobai, David Hall & Tony Sinden, Mark Lewis, Anne McGuire, Matthew Noel-Tod, Manuel Saiz, Erica Scourti, John Smith and Mark Wilcox.
Sarah Dobai works with photography, film and video, she has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and America. Recent exhibitions include On the Nature of Things, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada (2011), A Fire Is Set in His Masters House, Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2011), Theatres of the Real, Antwerp FotoMuseum (2009), Darkside 2, Winterthur FotoMusuem (2009), Studio/ Location Photographs, Works| Projects (2009), Sarah Dobai; Photographs and a Film, Galerie Zurcher, Paris (2008), Dispari Dispari, Reggio Emilia (2008) Innocence and Experience, Gimpel Fils, London (2007) and Sarah Dobai, Artists’ Space, New York (2003). In 2006 Kettles Yard, Cambridge presented a major solo show of selected photographs and a specially commissioned two screen video projection ‘Model 280’.
In the mid 1990‘s Sarah Dobai completed an MFA at the University of British Columbia after Canada after which she established her practice with a consciousness of international debates around photography and the moving image. From 2004-2006 she was awarded a Residency at Delfina Studio Trust, London and in 2008 she was made a Visual Arts Laurete by the Centre International des Recollets, Paris. Her work is featured in Charlotte Cotton's ‘The Photograph as Contemporary Art’ Thames & Hudson, and in the second edition of Michel Poivert’s’ ‘La Photographie Contemporaine’, Flammarion Presse 2010. She lives and works in London.
My work with photography, video and film combines studio-based and on location approaches to reflect on the everyday and its relationship with the media of photography and film. Whilst my work with the still and moving image have been wide-ranging, the work has seen the development of prevailing themes and methodologies predicated around the dynamics of space, place and the human subject as understood through our own intimate experience and through the images of collective experiences represented on TV, in the cinema and in literature. Recent research has led to the production of a number of film and video works, Short Story Piece, Model 280 and Nettlecombe which are distinctive for the way that they both engage in and actively defy the conventions of mainstream illusionistic and narrative cinema.
The recent series Studio/ Location Photographs focusses on the image of the shopping mall and how its concern with commodity and consumption effects the way the space functions and how people behave there. The series juxtaposes photographs of un-peopled sites shot in malls, with images of actor/models taken in the studio. In the studio the models are pictured in a set whose construction intentionally echoes the architectural qualities of the urban spaces photographed. The demeanour of the models in the studio photographs move between the enacted and un-posed, drawing parallels between people’s uneasy relation to public space in everyday life and how a model finds ‘a way to be’ in the theatrical context of the photo-shoot.
‘Studio/ Location Photographs’ continues my on-going use of photography and film to consider artifice as a condition of everyday life. I am currently developing a new film which plays narrative or psychological readings against the exposure and recognition of the conditions of the production of the works themselves.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Studio/ Location Photographs, Works|Projects, Bristol, UK
Sarah Dobai: Photographies et film, Zurcher Gallery, Paris, France
Sarah Dobai; Phototographs & Filmworks, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK
Short Story Piece. 1000 000mph, London. UK. (New projection and bookwork)
What we talk about when we talk about love, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France
Two on a Party, ArtLab, Imperial College, London, UK
On the Nature of Things, with R. Graham, S. Oxsannen & Jacques de la Villegle, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada
Splitting in Two, Gimpel Fils, London
Darkside II - Photographic Power & Violence, Disease & Death Photographed, curated by Ur Stahel, Fotomuseum Winterthur
Limited, The Wharf Road Project, London, UK
Innocence & Experience, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
75 Years of Collecting: Portrait of a Citizen. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.
LOOP, International exhibition of Video and film, Barcelona, Spain
Richard Billingham, Sarah Dobai, Valie Export, Joao Penalva,
Sodium Dreams. Group show including P. Huyghe, S. Morris, M. Boyce,
Commissions East Residency, Jaywick, Nov ‘09-May 2010
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||Tyneside Cinema Newcastle, everbody knows this is nowhere, recalling the shots, landscape, cinematic|
|Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:||Circa Contemporary Arts Projects|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Chelsea College of Art and Design|
|Date:||8 December 2010|
|Related Websites:||http://directobjective.blogspot.com/2010/12/recalling-shots.html, http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk/showcase/assets/showcase_items/nettlecombe|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Date Deposited:||10 Feb 2012 13:27|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 21:20|
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