Event: Turbulent Surfaces II: Part I


27th April 2012

Curated by Kirsten Cooke

Performance/Screenings/Discussion: 3pm-7.30pm

Screenings following event: 7.30pm-9pm

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 “Then what is it the Eternals consider good? I’ll tell you. Safety and security. Moderation. Nothing in excess. No risks without overwhelming certainty of an adequate return.”

Isaac Asimov, The End of Eternity (1959)

Turbulent Surfaces is a series of performative platforms, curated by Kirsten Cooke and co-organised by Kirsten Cooke and Dale Holmes. Part II presented two new events at kynastonmcshine.

This first element of Turbulent Surfaces II explored common and popular claims made by many video works as to the nature of scripting and structure in artists’ film and video. In particular the proposition that it is possible to locate alternative frames, forms and media that can oppose the operations of capital is interrogated. Two recent video works; one by Renzo Martens (Episode III – Enjoy Poverty, 2008), and one by the Bernadette Corporation (Get Rid of Yourself, 2003) stake these claims especially, and these works formed the focus of the event.

These two works were screened alongside a glossary by Dale Holmes and a curatorial statement by Kirsten Cooke. Also, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Maxa Zoller each presented a ten-minute provocation that responded to the screenings. The event closed with an open discussion.

Episode III – Enjoy Poverty (2008), by Renzo Martens, set in the Congo, asserts that every actor in the work, including himself, upholds the prejudices and expectations that perpetuate poverty.

In Get Rid of Yourself (2003), the Bernadette Corporation temporarily merged with Le Parti Imaginaire, a faction of post-Situationist militants with links to the burgeoning anti-globalization movement. The film documents and re-stages the anarchist group Black Bloc’s actions during the riots at the G8 summit.

Kirsten Cooke is a curator whose work explores strategies that resist the impoverishing practice of exhibitions, which reiterate neo-liberal values through predetermining images affect.

Dale Holmes is an artist. His work is invested in the visual, political and philosophical legacies of abstraction.

Dr Maxa Zoller is a lecturer and curator who works with marginal and interdisciplinary film practices, focuses on issues of the body, expanded cinema, the practice of female filmmakers, and experimental film from former Socialist countries.

Dr. Jaspar Joseph Lester is an artist and writer, and is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. His work focuses on the critical status of illusion in social space and has involved a number of long-term collaborations with artists, writers and curators.