The First Universe
“A house constitutes a body of images that gives mankind proofs or illusions of stability.” —Gaston Bachelard
Home is the lullaby that lures the dreamer, the pegged out washing line glimpsed through a window’s freckled glass. Home is plenitude and paucity, love and loss, still life and encircling motion. The homes we have lived in leave their trace within us: the honest, unreflective gesture we make as we reach out a hand in the dark. It is the squall and the silence, reverie and routine, loneliness and labor. Inspired by the films of the New Zealand artist, poet and experimental filmmaker Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003), this international program showcases work by four artists (Tanatchai Bandasak, Nova Paul, Joanna Margaret Paul, Chris Chong Chan Fui) whose work invites reflection on dwelling places, the relationships between the interiors and exteriors of inhabited space and the ambivalences of home.
The program is curated by Richard MacDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London & Bangkok Experimental Film Festival) and was commissioned by the New Zealand artists’ moving image agency CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand for its Artists Cinema series.
CIRCUIT Symposium (NZ) August 2013
WNDX (Canada) September 2013