You are here

Erika Balsom: Truth or Consequences: Documentary and Doubt in Contemporary Art

City:

Categories:

Date: 
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

7-8.30pm

At least since Okwui Enwezor’s Documenta 11 in 2002, documentary practices have been a prominent feature of contemporary art. But what idea of documentary has emerged from this context? This talk will propose that the denigration of surface appearances—a phobia of the descriptive capacities of “mere” recording—is a key characteristic of the documentary turn in contemporary art. This line of argumentation proposes that the best access to reality occurs through artifice and casts observational documentary as a bad object that naively indulges in illusory transparency and uncreative copying. It will situate these arguments within a longer history of attacks on the mechanical reproduction of phenomenal reality in the intersecting histories of art and film, and, through a discussion of recent artists’ practices that assert the primacy of lens-based capture, will question the continuing viability of these arguments today, in our era of “alternative facts.”

Erika Balsom is a senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London, focusing on the history of the moving image in art and experimental documentary practices. Her most recent book, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. She is author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Sight and Sound. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grey Room, e-flux, Cinema Journal, and numerous exhibition catalogues. In summer 2017, she was international film curator in residence at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Zealand, and in 2018 her essay ‘Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision, 1977–80’ was the winner of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

This talk is programmed as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences exhibition, featuring new moving-image commissions by Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta, 6 April – 3 June.

This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.

Telephone: 
02076540179
Venue ( Address ): 

171 Union Street, Bankside, London, SE1 0LN

Jerwood Arts , London

Other events from Jerwood Arts

view
Jerwood Staging Series 2022: Beau W Beakhouse & Sadia Pineda Hameed – Link Rot
12/09/2022
view
Jerwood Staging Series 2022: Samiir Saunders - Mind Control Victims Anonymous
11/25/2022
view
Jerwood Staging Series 2022: Ashanti Harris - You are stood on a harbour looking out into the dark water...
11/11/2022
view
Jerwood Staging Series 2022: Rieko Whitfield - Enter Regenesis
10/28/2022

Pages

Related Shows This Week in UK

view
Concrete Dreams: Just Can’t Get Enough
04/20/2024 to 11/10/2024
view
Celebrating 150 Years of Impressionism
05/30/2024 to 06/29/2024
view
Labyrinth
06/07/2024 to 08/03/2024
view
Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Love and Hate at Firstsite
12/01/2023 to 12/31/2024
view
Graciela Iturbide: Shadowlines
06/14/2024 to 09/22/2024
view
Boozy Brushes
04/19/2024 to 06/21/2024
view
Reimagining the RCP building: family workshop
06/15/2024
view
Heather Horton: Naiad
06/05/2024 to 07/06/2024

Pages


 

 

Follow us on @_artweek