Wall Support (1977): Live Archive. Vivid Projects 13 April - 21 April 2018

George Saxon (Artist), Yasmeen Baig-Clifford (Curator)

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The Live Archive season features screenings to examine historical relationships between film and performative actions, with a live film performance commissioned by Vivid Projects and presented as part of Flatpack Film Festival’s Optical Sound strand.Curated by Yasmeen Baig-Cliffordhttp://www.vividprojects.org.uk/programme/livearchive/The exhibition features George Saxon's double screen work from 1977, 'Wall Support'. This twin screen work was specially installed as a looped digital projection, originated from the original 16mm film. One of a series of works in which the artist uses his body to perform a series of 'actions' periodically over a lifetime, using still and moving image to record the event...WALL SUPPORT: This twin screen film is one of a series of film, video, performance and installation. works produced in the late seventies and early eighties. Originally shot as one continuous 10 minute take. The film was shown as a split screen version, at the Centre Culturel Britanique, Paris in 1978, Film/Projection, Aspects of the Avante-Garde in Britain and France in a screening of works including films and performances by, Katerina Thomadakis & Maria Klonaris, Liz Rhodes, Maurice Lemaitre, Steve Farrer and Jeff Keen."Every part in the machinery of the system conspires to keep secret its true nature - referring not to itself but to another - all parts in the machinery serving the whole – the whole serving the film. Continuous take. The body functions as a machine against the wall". GS 1977“George Saxon’s early work is durational and physical. There is a sense of venting anger and cruelty, whether he drips molten plastic onto a live audience in the video performance Spectacular Anonymity (1 & 2) (1978), or thuds his head against a wall in the film Wall Support (1977)”.Extract by Anna Thew, from ‘A Directory of British Film & Video Artists’’, edited by David Curtis
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


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