EIGHT CHAPTERS IN FOUR MOVEMENTS
Performance film, 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 artist embodies the rhythm of the crowd, walking up and down the bridge for one hour, following the beat of a metronome. 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. 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 beginning and end.
Installation view 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).