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"Persistence of Vision: Manuel Acevedo, Semonara Chowdhury, Richard Flint, Graham Gussin
2000-11-11 until 2000-12-29
Focal Point Gallery
UK United Kingdom
The title of this show refers to the means by which film, video and multimedia fool the human eye into seeing moving images. Physician, scientist and educator Paul Mark Roget both discovered the first theory of persistence of vision and produced the first thesaurus. Since that time his early work in both optics and language has been explored by artists and scientists alike.
This exhibition brings together artists whose work explores the relationship between moving image and text, both through the physical means by which an image is passed from our eye to our brain and also through the relationship of text to narrative and dialogue in moving images.
In the work of Manuel Acevedo and Semonara Chowdhury it is the text itself which moves. In the flick books and video works of the respective artists words move across the page and screen to form meaning. In Graham Gussin's piece, 'Untitled Film', the text inserts from over twenty different movies are projected as a sequence of still images, taking them as moments of locating and shifting in time and space. Whilst Richard Flint's 'Approximate', an audio insatllation using digital video, uses a randomisation of homophones, words which have the same sound but different meanings or spellings, captured from terrestrial television. In all of these works the viewer plays a vital role. The works use time and movement to play with the gaps between the written word and what is seen or heard and we are left to project our own experiences and meanings.
Exhibition supported by the Midland Band Curatorial Development Programme.
'Approximate' has been produced with the support of an Arts Council of England Digital Arts and Disabled People Bursary 2000.