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Medicine Box

Wynne, John and Leister, David (2005) Medicine Box. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Wynne, John and Leister, David

Medicine Box is a is a 16-mm film created in 2004 as a collaboration between John Wynne and David Leister, the American film-maker and performance artist. The thematic concerns that underlie the project relate, as its title suggests, to issues of health and medication understood in both their individual and collective dimensions.

An antique medicine box constitutes the emblematic core of this audiovisual exploration and this device suggests connection to a variety of art historical references to the presentational cabinet from Marchel Duchamp’s From or by Marcel Duchamp (1943), to Marcel Broodthaer’s Return To Matter (1966) to Damien Hirst’s God (1994).

John Wynne composed the soundtrack to the 11 minute film, and determined that it was important to eschew digital processing and production in favour of analogue tape manipulation, a decision that was justified in terms of organising a stylistic and technological convergence between the audio and visual components. The film (shot in black and white) adopts the urgent tenor of a warning to its viewers and the researcher chose to use as his source material a series of alarm sounds that he had created specifically for this project.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 1 October 2005
Funders: Film London, Arts Council of England
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Rotterdam International Film Festival2005
Brussels Cinema Nova (film festival)2005
BritSpotting in Berlin (film festival)2005
Substation Gallery, Singapore2005
Poole Visual Arts, Dorset, U.K.2005
Kunming Art Academy, Yunnan, China2006
Qongqing Art Institute Sichuan, China2006
Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland, U.K.2007
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:45
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2010 09:56
Item ID: 1438
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1438

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