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“The singer has once more risen above the object of his song”

“The singer has once more risen above the object of his song”, or ‘No Space is Innocent!’
Thursday 23 November, 6 – 8pm


“The singer has once more risen above the object of his song”, or ‘No Space is Innocent!’

Photography by Jacquetta Clark.


As part of the Event Series for Cooper Gallery’s exhibition Ulay: so you see meAlexander Hetherington presents a discursive and participatory event on Ulay’s practice, ‘a mysterious otherness’, ‘the study of essences’, ‘perceptions of the real, artifice, duration and illusions in the film(ed) or photograph(ed)’, and the ‘camera of new appearances and the invisible montage’ through episodes of moving image, speech, reading and re-enactment, with a special guest appearance by artist filmmaker Lyndsay Mann, providing asides, counterpoints and responses.

Taking cues from historical and contextual essays on cinema, performance and the photograph by André Bazin and his peers and intertwining them with a selection of contemporary works on the politics and ethics of image-making, appearance and representation this event hopes to raise dialogue on the complexities of Ulay’s practice which operates at the intersections of language, gender, self-and-other, and presence as an act of resistance. All the while giving form to what Bazin describes as the ‘cinema’s act that lifts everything that veils reality from us.” 

Films by Ursula Mayer, Gail Pickering and Gabriel Abrantes will be screened alongside readings from Anne Carson and extracts from the transcript of I Want by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. The event has been generously supported by LUX.

Tickets are free and can booked by signing up via Eventbrite.

Image courtesy of Ursula Mayer and LUX, London. 

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Biographies 

Alexander Hetherington is an artist who works with the moving image, writing, publishing, performance and curatorial activities in event and exhibition-making. Recent projects include: TREATMENT, Kate Davis, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh; Anonymiser Particular, Richard Taylor, This is it – Universe, Helen McCrorie, ENTHUSIASM, Andrew Gannon and Orchids, Catherine Street at No.35, Stirling; Five Propositions, Toward A Scottish Collection of Artists’ Moving Image, LUX Scotland; The Hallucinating Edge, Pure Movement and >>FFWD, as part of CURRENT, Contemporary Scottish Art in China, Phase Two, Cooper Gallery, Dundee; the publication and screening project Ripples on the Pond, GoMA, Glasgow, CCA and GSS and MOTHS, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Lyndsay Mann is an artist filmmaker based in Scotland whose works bring together sculpture, writing and moving image. Voice is a key material in her practice, involving interviews, readings, voice-over and live voice, and exploring the internalised experiences of inner voice, self-perception, and memory. Recent projects include: >>FFWD, as part of CURRENT, Contemporary Scottish Art in China, Phase Two, Cooper Gallery; Say-so, MAP Magazine, Glasgow Film Festival; The Extended Voice, Transmediale festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Producing Artists’ Moving Image Works in Scotland, panel discussion organised by LUX as part of Glasgow Film Festival, 2016.

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