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  • 6.COVER Louisa Martin, The Lighthouse, video still, 2014.

Artist’s Talk – Louisa Martin, The Lighthouse

Sat 22 Nov 2014 – Sat 22 Nov 2014 Bloc Projects (open Weds – Sat / 12pm – 6pm)

Join Bloc Projects curators Becky Bowley and Charlotte Morgan in-conversation with their forthcoming exhibiting artist Louisa Martin. The event will include a viewing of the works in Martin’s exhibition The Lighthouse, audience questions and the chance to talk informally with the artist following the talk.

Full details of the exhibition can be found below.

Exhibition – 22 November – 18 December 2014

Artist’s Talk – Saturday 22 November 2015 – 3.30pm

London based Louisa Martin’s The Lighthouse is a series of short videos whose themes and characters are interlinked, brought together to form a single work. The videos explore the absent or invisible body as a site of potential, exploring how the mechanisms of filmed performance enable the simultaneous construction and concealment of identity, and synthetic forms of intimacy.

The body double, the dancer, mimicry and lip-synching, costume and prosthetics all feature in order to explore the effects of living through digital selves on our subjective, internal sense of the sensual, material, bodily self – each video representing a psychological state.

The Lighthouse functions as an extended metaphor, or pataphor, for the internal space of the protagonist, and for the constructed space of video projection – an isolated and floating heterotopia for imaginary and impossible alternatives, in which the self only exists when performatively invoked.

The videos were shot over the course of one year in constructed sets with minimal crew and were choreographed in collaboration with dancer Kyrie Oda.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England. The first two videos in the series were commissioned by Whitstable Biennale.