It is what it is. Bukhulubakhe Mchunu, AKA Induna, AKA Nicholas, is also a musician. I was hoping to work in some footage of him rehearsing with his dancers, but it would have been a bit corny. I finished editing this in 2016.
I must have fallen asleep, for all of a sudden there was the moon, a huge moon framed in the window. Two bars divided it in three segments, of which the middle remained constant, while little by little the right gained what the left lost. For the moon was moving from left to right, or the room was moving from right to left, or both together perhaps, or both were moving from left to right, but the room not so fast as the moon, or from right to left, but the moon not so fast as the room. But can one speak of right and left in such circumstances? That movements of an extreme complexity were taking place seemed certain, and yet what a simple thing it seemed, that vast yellow light sailing slowly behind my bars and which little by little the dense wall devoured, and finally eclipsed. And now its tranquil course was written on the walls, a radiance scored with shadow, then a brief quivering of leaves, if they were leaves, then that too went out, leaving me in the dark. How difficult it is to speak of the moon and not lose one’s head, the witless moon. It must be her arse she shows us always. Yes, I once took an interest in astronomy, I don’t deny it.
from Molloy by Samuel Beckett
While I was at Central St Martins I played with bricks and paint, went back into my comfort zone of photography and video, started to get bored by my own work, had a bit of a crisis, doodled my way out of it, and worked my way up to this, my degree show piece. I was rather pleased with it. They weren’t.
Thanks to the great Sinéad Rushe for being in it.
At first I was predictably dismissive of Tracey Emin and walked around her 1999 Turner Prize show thinking “self-indulgent”, “hype” etc until I saw a video the Tate had made about her. Seeing and hearing her talk about the work made me realise two things: she meant it and it wasn’t easy. And made me reflect on how little I was personally at risk in what I did. So I thought about how I could be as frank and honest as her in my own way. The first fruit was a series of ten photographs – a roll of 6×7 – of myself, identically framed and posed. The rest, you’ll have to see for yourself, but I’m not putting them on the internet. Not now.
1 August 1982. The decades have degraded the colours in the negative in quite a groovy way. This was a graving dock at the West Float, Birkenhead, where I used to row at Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club.
Hackney Central to Acton Central. A journey I made very often for a few years. Great views: panoramas, near misses with Victorian brickwork, trackside flowers.
The installation version uses a video projection, a 14″ monitor and loudspeaker, and lasts 52 hours. Made in 1999.
I wanted to force people to stop being passive. So I set up this little cinema – the Cinema of Death – with a 16 mm film projection, soundtrack and fluorescent tubes and performer. You can see what happened. Continue reading Cinema of Death
The flyer said:
7.30pm, 15 & 16 June. 4 or 3 pounds. Red Rose Club, 129 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park tube.
Music for cello and electronics. Improvisation, darkness and the sound of breath aim to contribute to a soft but strong experience of music and sound. Projections, a web and things.
Here’s what I wrote to people to encourage them to come: Continue reading Calvino: An Experiment
The blurb said: Continue reading Black & Blue