As an artist working in digital what did you take from Under Cinema that might influence your own practice?
The use of projection in gallery one, where the two images impose on each other and fluidly move against each other is so beautiful to witness, that it becomes something that you are desperate to experiment with yourself, eager to see if you can recreate that feeling you get when you see an artwork you love. I work with projection of digital material myself and I am already planning to create an installation influenced by the curation of the space and the projection technique employed to extend the space beyond the confining walls of the gallery space.
In what ways do you feel that Wu Tsang deals with topical issues around race, representation and sexuality and how is this relevant to current students of art?
The confident display of sexuality throughout Where Hold We Study is very moving. The piece itself creates an alternate universe in which the performers coexist, hinting at the possibility of a society that could be a lot better than the one we currently have, where people could be happy together regardless of their sexual orientation or binaries.
Specifically, in Under Cinema, hearing Kelela speak about race and black culture is really informative. The passion that she displays whilst talking about it and its subsequent influence on her art is very moving. As she talks, she takes you into the film with her and it enables you to connect with such topical issues on a deeply personal level. We are no longer spectators, but are in her studio, and become part of her world.
What is it about the show that would make you recommend it to others?
It is an awe-inspiring display of film; the visuals are astoundingly well put together and the sound is perfect for the images you are presented with. Whether you are a Fine Art student or not, you will enjoy the exhibition, as it’s purely a visually astounding display of dance and movement, accompanied by music and sound that you will want to download when you get home. I’ve also already had Kelela’s album on repeat since I visited!
What do you like about FACT?
The exhibitions often show a digital side of art that is extremely underrepresented throughout galleries, especially in the North. No matter what your interests may be, a few hours at FACT and you will be fascinated, entertained and, most importantly, inspired.
Under Cinema by Wu Tsang is on display in Galleries 1 & 2 until 18 Feb.
Galleries open Tuesday to Sunday; 11am to 6pm; free entry.