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For a Moment Between Strangers - two part screen installation

Manchot, Melanie (2001) For a Moment Between Strangers - two part screen installation. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Manchot, Melanie

For a Moment Between Strangers marks a key stage in Manchot’s transition from studio based portraiture as seen in works such as ‘Liminal Portraits’ to make works which cross social art (specifically in this case social video rather than the more familiar term social sculpture)and portraiture. It deliberately set out to cross the boundaries of normal behaviour in a work which collected and visually documented kisses from 100 strangers on the streets of New York.

The work also interrupts normal urban street life of non-transaction and anonymity and questions whether moments of intimacy can nevertheless take place as Manchot approaches strangers and asks for a kiss while recording their responses using a hidden camera and sound recorder. The work also moves in the direction of the staged documentary in that it comprises raw rather footage of the interaction between Manchot and the strangers.

For a Moment Between Strangers was also exhibited at Bonington Gallery 06/03/02 and in a group exhibition ‘Summertime: Reflection/Self-Reflections’ at Galerie m, in Bochum, 05/07/06-06/09/06. In the latter venue she exhibited with artists including Boris Savelev, Thomas Florschuetz and Nam June Paik.

Stills from the work can be viewed on:


The exhibition was accompanied by the publication of Love is a Stranger published by Prestel and launched at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 02/11/01, ISBN 3791325329.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 3 November 2001
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 23:32
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2011 14:13
Item ID: 1506
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506

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