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Month: March, 2014

The Disappearance, 5 – 6 April programme

The Disappearance – Programme

Saturday 5 April

2pm Screening programmeThe Tear Down curated by Anca Rujoiu & Vera Mey. With works by: Cyprien Gaillard, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Malak Helmy, Diego Tonus, Marie Shannon.

The Tear Down refers to that period of change after the exhibition has finished – the moment of de-installation and erasure. Thinking through the exhibition as an architectural ruin where residue remains and resonance cannot evaporate, the artworks in this selection try to make sense of traces in an on-going reflection on the old and the new.

4pm Shubigi Rao, Visual snow (2014), talk

Visual snow (2014) is an important installment in Shubigi Rao’s ongoing biographical study of S. Raoul, which, for the first time, will examine his work in the context of the disappearing film.

6pm Nigel Rolfe, T H E P A R A D I S E = L O S T B O D Y (2014), Performance

3 positions becoming towards full catastrophe living= states of body (lost)

Disappearance (cloud’s)

Shroud (inside-outside)

Horizontal (mountains-lake)

7.30pm Screening programme: Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City,curated by Erin Gleeson presented in collaboration with Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With works by: Khvay Samnang, Lim Sokchanlina, Anida Yeou Ali, Sok Chanrado, Leang Seckon, Tith Kanitha and Svay Sareth.

Phnom Penh: Rescue Archaeology, The Body and the Lens in the City, brings together single-channel video works of performance by seven artists born and living in Cambodia. In archaeological practice, a rescue archaeologist is required to react urgently, yet carefully, to a transitional moment in which there is a threat of change and irrevocable loss, aside from the archaeologist’s efforts to document. During a critical time of rapid urban, social, economic and cultural change and continuity in Phnom Penh, artists in Cambodia have been working with a sense of timeliness, inspired by or in response to memory, place, and the fluctuating urban present.

Sonya Lacey, I feel their pane (2014) will be performed throughout the day

I feel their pane (2014) is a performance that operates on a personal, conversational scale for the duration of The Disappearance. The artist will circulate throughout the exhibition space and through the audience, inviting their involvement. The work brings together ideas around transparency, speculation and the format of the joke.

Laure Prouvost, Eva 43 years old (2002) will be exhibited throughout the day

“Laure Prouvost’s film opens with… the words, softly spoken, ‘My name is Eva, I am 43 years old’. A few seconds later we find ourselves looking at a wet residential street as the same voice (which sounds like that of a much younger woman) recounts, in faltering English, a scene that she witnessed there a few days earlier. Her story begins ordinarily enough, but as it moves to a strange and violent conclusion we are forced to think again. Everything about the video, which borrows the ‘show and tell’ mode of the video diary and home movie, makes us want to trust it. Eva herself, speaking to us in intimate, confiding tones, is supremely plausible. We find ourselves in the curious position of believing in her but not in what she is telling us.” – Patrick Henry


Sunday, 6 April 2014

2pm Screening programme: everything but… curated by Planting Rice in collaboration with The Drawing Room, Manila, The Philippines.With works by: Shireen Seno, Mark Salvatus, Yason Banal, Juan Alcazaren, Gaston Damag.

Attention has been given to everything but the event. Conditions, such as planning, theory, negotiation, framework, lead to the definition of context while intended results become an afterthought. To highlight this particular issue, Planting Rice brought together a series of works addressing everything else but the end point. For this screening programme, the event and the absent end are the means of inquiry. In the selection of video works by Filipino artists, Planting Rice brings to the fore questions involved in Philippine contemporary art practice that opens up to further queries on the global and the local.

4pm Screening programme: The Margins of Exhibition curated by David Teh.
With works by: Anthea Behm, Sherman Ong, Wok the Rock, Emile Zile, Nitipong Thinthubthai

The Margins of Exhibition is a selection of artist-made videos gathered in response to the curatorial proposition of The Disappearance. The programme displaces our focus from the main game – the artwork, the exhibition or in cinema, the pro-filmic or a feature presentation – in favour of what is peripheral. Neither inside nor outside, there is much more to the frame than meets the eye.

6pm Nigel Rolfe, T H E P A R A D I S E = L O S T B O D Y (2014), Performance

7pm Screening programme: The Tear Down curated by Anca Rujoiu & Vera Mey

8.30pm Manuel Pelmus, Preview (2014), Performance

Preview (2012) positions itself as a lecture performance. Preview unfolds in complete darkness where the visualisations of action are conceptual taking place in the audience’s own consciousness. The work tests the audiences abilities to imagine, visualise and capture a moment through a fleeting, ephemeral and material presence that is felt but not seen.

Sonya Lacey, I feel their pane (2014) will be performed throughout the day
Laure Prouvost, Eva 43 years old (2002) will be exhibited throughout the day


* Diego Tonus is supported by Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.

everything but… has been realised in collaboration with The Drawing Room.




The Disappearance, 5 – 6 April, 2014, 2 -9pm

The Disappearance

Saturday 5—Sunday 6 April, 2014, 2—9pm

Paradise Lost Exhibition Construction, CCA Block 43

Paradise Lost Exhibition Construction, CCA Block 43

The Disappearance situates itself in the architectural setting of a previous exhibition Paradise Lost. It works with what is left out: the traces of the show in the space; the echoes in our memory. The Disappearance conceals and reveals: what has happened before and what will follow. This is addressed critically and conceptually.

Subject to operations of installation and de-installation the building and dismantling of an exhibition space is constantly edited: it erases one text to inscribe another. The Disappearance acknowledges the inherent changes into an exhibition space and its continuous rewriting. What happens after an exhibition is over?

The aftermath of the exhibition conventionally lives on through catalogues, documentation, reviews and conversations. For such a spatial and discursive practice it is hard to capture exactly what happened, how it was conceived or even how it felt. Perhaps a way to address a critique and continuation of the exhibition is through the medium itself of the exhibition.

Curated by Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey, The Disappearance is conceived as a durational event unfolding over two days including a continuous series of manifestations from live performances to film screenings. The project includes works by Cyprien Gaillard, Malak Helmy, Sonya Lacey, Manuel Pelmus, Laure Prouvost, Shubigi Rao, Nigel Rolfe, Marie Shannon, Diego Tonus, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor amongst others. Other contributions to the film programme are curated by Erin Gleeson, Planting Rice and David Teh.

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