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Gasworks International Fellowship: Jamie George


Residency dates: 8th March 2012 - 12th April 2012

Film screening at T2F: Sunday 8th April 2012
Open Studio, IVS basement: Wednesday 11th April 2012


This residency is the first part of a collaborative project by Gasworks (London) and Vasl, (Karachi) – the Curatorial Knowledge Workshop, supported by Arts Network Asia and Arts Council England. Jamie's residency contributes research on curating and residency curating from a studio-based perspective, within the framework of the wider project.
Film screening

8th April, T2F Karachi:
The screening began by presenting Charles and Ray Eames film House: after 5 years of living (1955) with an alternate soundtrack taken from the 2011 album An Empty Bliss Beyond This World by Caretaker.The film shows details of a utopian house designed and build by the American designers, as the tiles suggests; 5 years after it was built in 1949. Charles and Ray Eames worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial design, graphics and film.
The Eames House, Case Study House #8, was a prototype home built as part of The Case Study House Program. This design was to be mass-produced, and built and furnished using materials and techniques derived from the Second World War.
The films sound track will be replaced by music by the Caretaker. The Caretaker is a long-running project by UK based electronic musician James Kirby. Kirby’s project was initially inspired by the haunted ballroom scene in Stanley Kubrick film The Shining (1980). The music post produces vintage 78 vinyl records, where, 'snippets of archaic sonics reflect the ability of Alzheimers patients to recall the songs of their past, and with them recollections of places, people, moods and sensations’. This pairing highlights deaths of utopian ideas, object-hood and spaces of degradation, exposed to spectres of the past.
In Jamie George's video (Lacuna) (2012) defaced coins and eroded cast surfaces are located in a coarse space, as concrete dust blows over them and changes in light occur. The objects may be blanks, material becoming items, or have been once fully formed and now in the process of degradation. The work’s title references intervals, gaps and losses of memory and the video utilises a shifting spectrum of overlaid colours to locate the objects in a precisely temporal space. Open studio:

11th April, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture:

Curatorial Knowledge Workshop:
The ‘Asia-Europe Curatorial Knowledge Workshop’ is be a residency-based project that seeks to develop and distribute debates on curatorship within artist-supporting, non-commercial networks of art professionals in Europe and South Asia. It particularly examines residency programming as a curatorial activity and seeks out the means by which curators can facilitate art practices from one context to another, and how curators and arts organisers can engage in research on movements in art production internationally.

 

 

 

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