perpetuum mobile

This new three-channel video is the final chapter in a trilogy of video work, exploring mourning and memory through the physical act of journeying.

It shows my live performances in the ancient cedar forests of Lebanon and on the Ustyurt plateau and Aral Sea regions of Uzbekistan. These, synthesised with my performances under water and other imagery, form a complex montage with a fragmented but interwoven, repetitive structure.  It aims to express a poetic, metaphorical approach to a meditation on memory.

Repetition, at the heart of the work, draws on Simon Critchley’s references to Hegel’s concept of memory as dynamic process akin to endless motion ‘a wheel that turns, returns and turns again…. Thus, memory is conceived of as endlessly creating novelty out of itself 1.

The sound, composed by Tom Lane, expresses this sense of perpetual movement developing slowly throughout, using minimalist phasing techniques and textural manipulation.

1Simon Critchley, Memory Theatre: (Fitzcarraldo Editions, London, England 2014) p.74

11 May – 24 November 2019 (preview 9-10 May 2019)

Location: Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon 4793, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy