Courtesy Lawrence Weiner, still from the exhibition of a film, 2014
10 April, 7pm
at Vancity Theatre
The film as exhibition site is at the centre of this experimental project, both curatorial and cinematographic, by French curator Mathieu Copeland. The exhibition of a film brings together visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, choreographers, and writers around the question “Can an exhibition take place in a film rather than a gallery space?” While working the constraints intrinsic to feature-length film, it aims at being something other than a structuralist “epic”, or a suite of artist’s short films one after the other. Instead, each layer is constitutive of the whole, becoming a potential field of action. Viewed through the prism of the cinema, is it an exhibited film, the film of an exhibition or a filmed exhibition?
The screening will be preceded by a talk by Mathieu Copeland and followed by a reception in the cinema lobby, where movie posters and trailers by participating artists and musicians will be installed.
Co-produced with Vancity Theatre and with the support of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada.
Mathieu Copeland is a curator based in London, UK, and a lecturer at HEAD, Geneva, who seeks to subvert the traditional role of exhibitions and to renew our perceptions of them. His exhibitions include VOIDS, A Retrospective (Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Kunsthalle, Bern); A Choreographed Exhibition (Kunsthalle St Gallen & La Ferme du Buisson); Soundtrack for an Exhibition, Alan Vega, and Gustav Metzger (Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon); A Mental Mandala (MUAC, Mexico City); and most recently A Retrospective of Closed Exhibitions (Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland). Copeland also initiated and curated the series “A Spoken Word Exhibitions,” “Reprise” and the “Exhibitions to Hear Read” at MoMA, New York, in 2013. In 2017 he edited the anthology The Anti-Museum, co-published by Koenig Books.