Fugazi and Jem Cohen
Thomson & Craighead
In November 2004 Gasworks will host Pass the Time of Day, a group exhibition curated by artist Paul Rooney. The exhibition will include works in a range of media including sound works, video, installation and film. This exhibition has been developed by Rooney around the theme of the everyday and its transformation and estrangement through the use of music:
Music shifts perception radically, and can elicit deeply subjective and fluctuating relationships with the visual. It can make something communicable of day to day existence, which becomes something other than the commonplace. In some cases it can alter our engagement with the present enough to disrupt the moment, potentially creating a space for thought, or for historical memory. Paul Rooney
The exhibition will launch at Gasworks and will then tour to Angel Row, Nottingham, 26th January - 12th March 2005, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 26th March – 23rd April 2005 and then Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 10th June – 31st July 2005. A catalogue with texts by Paul Rooney and Michael Bracewell will be published to coincide with the exhibition.
Arab Strap: Scottish pop-rock ballardeers Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton’s 'Girls of Summer', 1997, and ‘The First Big Weekend’, from 1996 will play in the new foyer space of the gallery. The latter is a story of canteen quizzes, sleeping in the afternoon and watching the Simpsons. Their work explores the grubby disappointments of relationships, set amongst brutally mundane observations.
Marko Ciciliani: Croatian composer Ciciliani will present Home, a six channel audio installation that includes the ambient sounds of the artist’s apartment in Holland; the sound of the TV next door, the dog barking outside of the window and someone practising the violin installed in a room. These sounds transport the audience away to that particular space at that particular time.
Phil Collins will show a newly commissioned work for the second half of the touring show, made especially for this exhibition. Collins has recently shown at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Modern Art Oxford, Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, PS1, New York and ARCO, Madrid.
Fugazi & Jem Cohen: The film Instrument by Jem Cohen will be screened each day at regular times throughout the run of the exhibition. The film documents Fugazi on tour. However, rather than attempting to capture the glamour of the ‘rock tour’ the film focuses on the in between times, the boring, mundane moments of eating at service stations and trying to sleep on the tour bus. The footage has a soundtrack written by Fugazi to accompany the imagery. Jem Cohen is an independent film-maker living in Washington DC. Fugazi’s music is distributed by Discord Records, Washington DC.
Rodney Graham. Will exhibit Aberdeen; a slide and audio tribute to Kurt Cobain's hometown, with shots of the dreary Washington State backwater and CD walkman's with music inspired by Nirvana. Graham has exhibited extensively worldwide, including a retrospective at The Whitechapel Gallery in 2002. Graham is represented in the UK by Lisson Gallery.
Mark Leckey. Will present Parking Lot, 1999; an audio work shown in a parked car. He has recently exhibited at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, and in ‘Century City’, Tate Modern.
Rosalind Nashashibi will show her short film Open Day, 2001. Nashashibi’s film works are concerned with the almost unremarked passing of time. They proceed without certainty of where it is leading, exploring nostalgia without themselves being nostalgic. Nashashibi was the recipient of the Beck’s Futures Award in 2003 and has recently shown at CCA in Glasgow.
Susan Philipsz will present Day for Night, a newly commissioned off-site sound work for Maryon Park in Charlton. Sited in the actual location of the key scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow Up, the piece explores feelings of loss, longing and dis-location. Recent work has included Filter, the bus station tannoy piece that comprises a cappella songs of escape and longing. She is co-founder of Grassy Knoll Productions, and has just finished a residency at PS1, New York, and shown in the last Glenn Dimplex Award at IMMA, Dublin. Phillipsz was short-listed for the Beck’s Futures Award 2004.
Paul Rooney will show his new work In the Distance the Dawn is Breaking, 2004. A video installation for six monitors, the piece features the sound of singing voices describing a shop worker’s sleeping dream. The creative outlet of the dream is contrasted with the image, on each monitor, of an empty retail space at night. Recent work includes the video short Good Morning Call: the song of the customer services advisor, a CO6 commission hosted by FACT Liverpool. This incorporates the choral song of a telesales worker written with the operator herself. Paul has recently recorded a Radio One John Peel session, and was MOMART Fellow at Tate Liverpool for 2002-2003. Paul is currently undertaking a research fellowship at The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.
Piplotti Rist will be exhibiting You Called Me Jacky, a video piece from 1990, which sees Rist lipsynching to a Kevin Coyne song which documents a doomed summer romance. Rist has exhibited extensively worldwide and is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
Stephen Sutcliffe will show his 2001 video work Please, Please, Please , Let me get What I Want. This film shows an array of supermarket shelves filled with products that are being re-stacked by night workers to the soundtrack of Please, Please, Please….. by The Smiths. This work is an intensely moving and poignant capturing of people’s unrealised dreams and expectations.
Thomson and Craighead’s Telephony will be installed in the gallery. This is a work comprising of a wall of cell phone, which was first shown at Mobile Home in 2000. The bank of mobiles is linked to a laptop with a sound card that created a mini symphonic experience from the ringing sound we hear everywhere and love to hate. Thomson and Craighead have recently shown at Tate Britain, ICA, MOCA, Sydney and MOMA, San Francisco.
To complement the Pass the Time of Day exhibition two independently curated film programmes exploring the use of music in artists' film and video.
Friday 26th November 7-9pm
I'd rather Jack - curated by Michelle Cotton and Matthew Noel-Tod
S1/salon is a season of artist short film and video programmes hosted in the project space at S1 Artspace in Sheffield. The salons are programmed around material selected from an open call with the intention of reflecting what appears current from the submission without prescribing themes or categories.
I'd rather Jack brings together artist films and videos about music and includes work by George Barber, Mark Aerial Waller, Ann Course and Paul Clark, Bjorn Melhus, Cerith Wyn Evans, Matthew Noel-Tod, Pascal Lievre, George Shaw, Katy Dove and Peter Donaldson.
3-5p.m. Sunday 28th November
45 Revolutions Per Minute, curated by Lucy Reynolds.
A screening of experimental films which take pop music as their inspiration and structure. Not only do pop songs provide the rhythm and shape for many of these films, they also encourage subversive and unexpected readings of both image and song. Music includes: The Velvet Underground, The Shangri La's, Devo, Dylan, Nick Drake, Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis. Filmmakers include Lewis Klahr, Bruce Conner, John Smith and Kenneth Anger.
A catalogue, with essays by Michael Bracewell and Paul Rooney was published by Gasworks to accompany the exhibition.