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Sea Oak

Wardill, Emily (2008) Sea Oak. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Wardill, Emily

Sea Oak is based on a short story by George Saunders published in 2000, which is titled after a housing estate: ‘At Sea Oak there’s no sea and no oak, just a hundred subsidized apartments and a rear view of FedEx.’ The film is a 51-minute projection of blackness. Highlighting the slippage between words and the things they represent, only the projector – the conveyor, here, of language rather than images – is illuminated in the darkened gallery space. It is accompanied by edited recordings of interviews that Wardill conducted with a left-wing Californian think tank, The Rockridge Institute, which researched the employment of metaphor and framing in contemporary political rhetoric – making the work a natural sequel to Sick Serena (2007). The film begins with the voice of an American man discussing the ways in which we think in prototypes before analyzing how language conjures disparate, subjective images – something exploited, of course, by politicians.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: September 2008
Related Websites: http://www.jonathanvinergallery.com/exhibitions/sea_oak__the_diamond_descartes_daughter, http://internationalprojectspace.org/exhibitions/sea-oak/, http://www.kunstverein-wiesbaden.de/en/publications-editions/publications-editions/emily-wardill-the-diamond-sea-oak-2773.html
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Related Publications: 'SEA OAK/ The Diamond (Descartes Daughter) / Texts by Dan Foxc, Elke Gruhn & Katharina Klara Jung (Bielefeld: Kerber Verlag, 2008) ISBN 9783866782099
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner Gallery, London, UK12 September 20085 October 2008
Nassauischer Kunstverein Weisbaden,GermanySeptember 2008May 2008
Frieze Art Fair, London, UKOctober 2008
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UKMay 2009
International Project Space, Birmingham, UK2 May 200930 May 2009
Material/Media: 16mm film, installation
Measurements or Duration of item: 51 minutes
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 14:14
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 14:14
Item ID: 5932
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5932

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