Previously at the ICA - Films
10 Sep 2015
Laura Mulvey and Joanna Hogg are in conversation about 'the pleasures of making' following the screenings.
In 1976 the council were soon to take back filmmaker Margaret Tait’s house and studio, a small building in Buttquoy, Orkney. Place of Work explores Tait’s familiarity with this cherished location, where she aims “to define a place, or the feeling of being in one place, with the sense this gives one, not of restriction but of the infinite variations available.” Her camera moves indiscriminately, simultaneously promoting distanced contemplation and intimate experience.
Place of Work, dir. Margaret Tait, UK 1976, 31 mins.
Centring upon two undoubtable middle-class artists as they arrange to move house, Exhibition casts two non-professional actors—artist Liam Gillick and Viv Albertine of legendary punk band The Slits—within the architecture of James Melvin. Joanna Hogg’s film strays from conventional notions of British cinema, drawing influences from French and Japanese cinema to employ fixed cameras and long takes that fuse the inner desires of the protagonist to the space she inhabits. A complex and imaginative piece of cinema, Hogg employs cinematic devices to reveal the subjectivities of her characters.
Exhibition, dir. Joanna Hogg, UK 2013, 104 mins.
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