A group show around themes of rehearsal, repetition and version. The exhibition space is imagined as the belly of a great white whale. A show featuring works of film, sound, performance installation and sculpture by: Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner, Edwina Ashton, Adam Chodzko, Come Ciment, Winnie Cott, Jess Flood-Paddock, Anthea Hamilton, Donna Huddleston, Germaine Kruip, Jacopo Miliani.
A curatorial project selected from the Art and Research 2011 call for entries. The initiative seeks to promote the production of new work and collaboration between artists, curators and Montehermoso.
Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner, Edwina Ashton, Adam Chodzko, Côme Ciment, Winnie Cott, Jess Flood-Paddock, Anthea Hamilton, Donna Huddleston, Germaine Kruip, Jacopo Miliani
And featuring Orson Welles: The One Man Band, by Vassili Silovic and Oja Kodar
Curated by Rosie Cooper and Ariella Yedgar
Montehermoso, a centre for contemporary art.
A group show around themes of rehearsal, repetition and version.
The exhibition space is imagined as the belly of a great white whale.
You are entering an exhibition concerned with rehearsal and its related notions of version, repetition and failure. As a ‘controlled form of chaos’ or ‘unfinalised potential’ ( to paraphrase Robert Baker-White and Roland Barthes, respectively), the works brought together here create a psychological space that constantly denies the viewer a final conclusion.
When used as a strategy, the rehearsal foregrounds that which takes place on the periphery and that may be obscured by presenting a polished piece – principally, the untidy process of thought and consideration. Similarly, this show shines the spotlight away from the finished product and onto the open-ended, experimental, hidden or doubtful.
Côme Ciment imagines a future version of this exhibition that takes place underwater in 2059; Donna Huddleston's Smoke Garden comprises a series of objects made in preparation for a performance about women, featuring the musical triangle; Adam Chodzko has recorded 'actors' working silently on stage and pressed the material into a vinyl record that is played throughout the exhibition space; and Anthea Hamilton's sculptural screens made of knotted rope and steel were inspired by John Huston's film version of Moby Dick (1956). On the opening night, Jacopo Miliani will present Actors, a work for two performers standing too far apart to be heard at once. As well as the works contained within the gallery, the exhibition features a radio programme in three parts by Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner.
The title of the exhibition takes inspiration from Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Moby Dick, of which he directed and appeared in at least three different adaptations: once on stage – in a play about a rehearsal of a stage adaptation of the novel – and twice in related, and uncompleted, film projects.
‘In the Belly of the Whale (Act III)’ follows two previous versions (or rehearsals) of the project: a four-person exhibition in London, titled ‘In the Belly of the Whale’, and an advertisement for a future exhibition that includes a fantasy cast and appeared in Monaco magazine (both 2011).
It is said that Welles considered the theatre hall of his play to be the belly of the whale in which the actors are unwittingly trapped, and for this exhibition, the distinctive and vast gallery space of Montehermoso – the former water tank for the city – becomes the metaphorical belly of the whale: its columns and arches reminiscent of a ribcage and the proscenium arches suggesting a traditional theatre. It is a framework for a show featuring works of film, sound, performance installation and sculpture.
Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner's Moveable Column will be broadcast live on Resonance FM at the following times:
- Tuesday 3 April, 20:00–21:00
- Tuesday 15 May, 20:00–21:00
- Tuesday 12 June, 20:00–21:00
Jacopo Miliani's Actors will be performed once at the beginning of the exhibition, at 21:00 on 2 March at Montehermoso, and once at the end.
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