Material Conjectures Asymmetrical Cinema with Amanda Beech and Alan Clarke
15 May – 8 June 2013 Wednesday-Saturday, 11am–5pm
Asymmetrical Cinema: Interval – Friday 31 May, 6-8pm: a special event as part of SLAM LAST Fridays
…From beneath his overcoat the man produces a sawn off shotgun. BANG! Nearby forceful words in upper case and images of brutal architectures replace each other on a screen. Over this is a conversation between two protagonists through which the asymmetry of culture and nature is exposed. Later the frames are solarised…Indifferent to the auditory force of its neighbour; silently a series of 111 bullet points are presented…This is ‘Asymmetrical Cinema’. Material Conjectures 1.
Material Conjectures is the co-authored project of artist Dale Holmes and curator Kirsten Cooke and Asymmetrical Cinema the title of their new exhibition. Conceived for Beaconsfield’s Arch Gallery, discrete sculptural structures augment the existing architecture of the space, as well as providing surfaces that act as projection screens for a programme of films. Asymmetrical Cinema draws from the debates surrounding the real in art and presents a material philosophy to challenge the systemic nature of image consumption.
Asymmetrical Cinema : Act 1 – 15 –31 May – will screen Alan Clarke’s film Elephant (1989) on a continuous loop, whilst Amanda Beech’s video work Sanity Assassin (2010) is shown at timed intervals.
Asymmetrical Cinema: Interval – 31 May – celebrates and launches Material Conjectures' publication Asymmetrical Cinema. The Interval is an intervention between the exhibition's two Acts. The event marks the closing of Asymmetrical Cinema: Act 1 and the opening of Act 2 .
Asymmetrical Cinema: Act 2 – 31 May to 9 June – will feature two new projections by Material Conjectures, Solar Elephant (2013) and Black Plastic (2013) presented in response to Act 1. Amanda Beech’s Sanity Assassin and Alan Clarke’s Elephant will continue to be available on the Canteen Gallery’s FlatScreens.
Though we generally assume that impact is mutual, and that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, these suppositions arise from a narrowly physical concept of causation. As I see it there is no such thing as reciprocity; influence is never mutual, but always leads in one direction … 2