At the Still Point of the Turning World

  • 17 January 2004 - 17 March 2004

This exhibition brings together four internationally acclaimed video works to the UK for the first time. In this exhibition, FACT offered a moment of stillness in this everchanging world by bringing together internationally acclaimed video works that offered intimate and thoughtprovoking encounters.

Towards the Complex - For the Courageous, the Curious and the Cowards (2001) by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba records an extraordinary underwater race by cyclos (bicycle taxis).

In his four-screen work True Colours (2002), Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena creates a mesmerising play between visibility and invisibility with his study of soldiers from a Swedish armoured unit on manoeuvres.

Pulse (2001) was shot in the north of India during the celebration of Holi and is an immersion in a painting in motion rather than a documentary.

YANG Zhenzhong's Let's Puff (2002), shown to acclaim at the Venice Biennale 2003, consists of face-to-face video walls, perfectly synchronised to depict a young woman on one screen gulping for breath and then seeming to blow at the Shanghai street scene on the screen opposite.

"At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, 

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.

And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time."

- T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton from Four Quartets.

 

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