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John Wood et Paul Harrison

John Wood et Paul Harrison

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Palais des congrès de Montréal

Film

10 × 10, Tall Buildings

Biography

John Wood and Paul Harrison have had major solo exhibitions at The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, UK; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Works held in collections include MoMA, New York; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection, and the Government Art Collection, UK.

Artistic project : 10 × 10, Tall Buildings

Since Wood and Harrison's first collaboration in 1993, their video works have evolved from single shot 'studies' filmed against neutral backgrounds to longer pieces in which a sequence of actions unfold within constructed locations. The videos maintain a strict internal logic, with the action directly related to the duration of the work. Inside this 'logical world' action is allowed to happen for no apparent reason, tensions build between the environment and its inhabitant, and the influences on the work are intentionally mixed. In 10×10 (2011), a camera tracks down the outside of an office block, looking into a series of identical rooms. In each scenario, stories are implied but not explained as solitary characters manipulate the office furniture and other objects in order to pass the time.

 

Audioguide : listen to the artist’s reflexion on the theme « Play and Distraction »

 

Artist’s website

 

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