The exhibition RE-ENACTMENTS from February 22 to May 25 at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art



    MONTREAL, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - From February 22 to May 25, DHC/ART
Foundation for Contemporary Art presents RE-ENACTMENTS. Curated by John
Zeppetelli, the exhibition gathers six media artists (Nancy Davenport, Stan
Douglas, Harun Farocki, Ann Lislegaard, Paul Pfeiffer, Kerry Tribe) whose
work, in some way, critically re-stages films, media spectacles, popular
culture and, in one case, the intimate moments of daily life. The aim is to
generate new meanings and fresh relevance from this source material, often by
reiterating its value in the form of homage or deflating its claims with
critique, but always by rerouting it to mysterious and unexpected places. By
vividly addressing politics, spectacle and subjectivity these re-workings of
cultural texts or events of the past pose compelling questions about the
present.
    Jean-Luc Godard is the inspiration for two works in the exhibition: Kerry
Tribe uses Godard's television masterpiece France/tour/détour/deux/enfants,
made with Anne-Marie Miéville, as the starting point for her dual-screen
installation Here and Elsewhere; whereas the extraordinary tracking shot in
Godard's film Weekend is the basis for Nancy Davenport's Weekend Campus, with
its slow horizontal pan composed of hundreds of still photographs set at the
entrance of a university. Two earlier moments in film history by the Lumière
brothers and Georges Méliès are referenced in Davenport's Workers (leaving the
factory) - a speculative, multi-screen take on labour and globalisation. Stan
Douglas' two projector, single-screen film installation Inconsolable Memories
uses the Cuban film classic Memories of Underdevelopment as its foundational
text.
    Notorious televised sports and entertainment spectacles inform the three
projects on view by Harun Farocki and Paul Pfeiffer. Farocki's Deep Play
subjects the 2006 World Cup Final to a stunning formal, scientific, and
statistical vivisection over twelve synchronised, real-time video projections.
Michael Jackson is the subject of two Paul Pfeiffer works, Live Evil
(Bucharest), a quasi-mirrored image of Michael Jackson in performance, and
Live From Neverland, an installation concerning the pop star's child
molestation trial. While not directly inspired by a film or television text,
Ann Lislegaard's I-You-Later-There strongly evokes the cinematic experience
nonetheless. The re-enactment in this work projects an inner life onto a
rectangular surface made of floorboards, which becomes a stage or screen.

    DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is a new exhibition space housed
in a converted, historic building in the heart of Old Montreal. DHC/ART is a
new permanent location for exciting and relevant visual art exhibitions and
projects open since fall of 2007.

    Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 12 PM to 7 PM, Saturday and
Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM - Free admission

    Address: 451 and 468 St-Jean (corner Notre-Dame) in Old Montreal




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Marie-Catherine Leroux,
Independent Publicist, (514) 678-4967, marie-catherine@dhc-art.org; (514)
849-3742, www.dhc-art.org

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