EIGHT CHAPTERS IN FOUR MOVEMENTS
Performance transposed into video, colour, sound, 63’ 11”, 2015.
Collection/Distribution: ARGOS Centre for Art and Media.
Eight Chapters in Four Movements is a performance film shot at London Bridge during the morning rush hour. The iconic bridge is crossed every day by thousands of commuters going to work in the City of London, forming
a river moving unidirectionally from South to North. The artist embodies the rhythm of the crowd, walking up
and down the bridge for one hour, following the beat of a metronome set at its average pace and developing
four movements that engage and disrupt with its linear flow. The performance is documented in first person with an unnoticeable video device fixed to her chest and the entire filmed footage is shown uncut in a life-size video installation. The work is accompanied by a sound piece–a performance within the performance–consisting of
the key words of Henri Lefebvre’s book Rythmanalysis spoken continuously for one hour at 113 BPM. Moreover, fragments of music mixed with field recordings, as well as references to Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, repeat throughout the composition. The recorded action and sound-track are phased and only synchronise at the video’s start and end.
The link to watch the full film is available upon request.
View of the film installation at KANAL-Centre Pompidou, Brussels.
1st movement. Compliance, walking forward with the flow (film still).
2nd movement. Awareness, walking backwards with the flow (film still).
3rd movement. Refusal, walking forward against the flow (film still).
4th movement. Transcendence, walking backwards against the flow (film still).
View of the film installation at Careof, Milan (photo: The Cool Couple).