Title of Work: A Children’s Book of War
Artist: Sumugan Sivanesan
Year Produced: 2010
Duration: 1min, 45 sec
One interpretation of international law has it that people can prove their sovereignty by their ability to make and maintain laws, and their abilty to declare war. Looked at that way, war is not only something civilizations do – it is something they must do in order for their right to self–rule to be respected.
In March 2003, as Australia prepared to send troops into Iraq, two activists painted the words ‘No War’ on the Sydney Opera House.
But there was – and is – a war. After all, war is what makes the world go ‘round.
War is an act of civilization. War and law go hand in hand. They govern each other so
tightly that those who wage war often prefer not to call what they do ‘war’ to avoid having to abide by all the rules and conventions that have grown up around conflict.
Due to war or civil disorder or natural disaster we might find ourselves in situations where laws are suspended – in a ‘State of Emergency’. Like in Haiti after a major earthquake in January 2010 killed hundreds of thousands of people…
In Sri Lanka through more than 20 years of civil conflict…
And in Australia where the Northern Territory National Emergency Response was
introduced in the lead up to a federal election.
Extreme circumstances can create a ‘State of Exception’ where the rule of law is put aside. Ever since September 11 when hijackers flew planes into New York’s
Twin Towers, a State of Exception has justified a ‘War on Terror’. A war that includes the war in Iraq – the war that the Opera House activists made such a scene of objecting to – and the war in Afghanistan. A war not likely to end any time soon.
Artist: Martin Sexton
Year Produced: 1973 – 2012
Duration: 10 min 46 sec
Editions: 1/9, 2/9, 3/9
London-based artist and writer Martin Sexton asserts ‘With my writing practice I somehow feel the books or poems I want to read do not yet exist, so somehow like the fabulist of old – I have to write them in order to read them. The same conditions apply to the art that I create – with this one exception – that if they do exist in poetry or literature but NOT in art – then I must create them. Sometimes my practice converges and takes the form of say a sculptural poem or an invocation or play. I have to confess that the notions of Time & Love play powerfully within me and inhabits much if not all of my explorations.’
Martin Sexton’s works are presented as ‘Futiques’ – collectable artworks of the future time machines that are somehow & mysteriously filmed in the past, viewed in the present, yet reveal objects and portents from the future.
Bloodspell (Mexican UFO) claims to be shot in 1973 as a home-made travelogue in Mexico and Central America. Its film-maker gets lost amongst the Mayan ruins – a shaman emerges and administers a psychoactive trip – another event then unfolds; the journey transmogrifies into a UFO above the Temple of the Owls only for the witness to black out, awakening at a different ancient Temple 180 miles away.
Title of Work: Burn my love, burn
Artist: Mariana Hahn
Year Produced: 2013
Medium: HD Video, PAL
Duration: 5 min 24 sec
The work Burn My Love, Burn creates the body as the carrier of historical signature; the body does so by will, it inscribes, devours the story, becoming a container that vibrates and lives within a narrative. The shroud becomes the elementary signifier of such a historical narrative, it has been impregnated by the story, acts as the monument. Through the burning, it can become part of an organic form in motion. The text conditions and creates the body within the very specifically hermetically sealed space.
The words activate the body’s field of memory as much as it creates a new one, adding on to the net of connotations the figure has toward words. The ritual becomes the form through which this transformation can be made, the body eats the body, destroys and paints again, another image. Again this is done by the word, it creates the flesh, gives it differentiating coloration, its plausible point of view. The body acts as a paper, it is inscribed by those murmurs of history, becoming a living artifact of its own history.
Title of Work: Chronos
Artist: James P Graham
Year Produced: 1999
Series: The Cycle of Life
Medium: DVD (Original Format: Super 8, Single screen. Pal, Stereo, 4x3)
Duration: 6 min 20 sec
Editions: 1/5 and 2/5
James P Graham has been working full time as an artist for six years, principally in film, photography, drawing and sculpture. He is autodidactic, having left Eton College at 18 and starting his career in photography while working in Paris until 1994, when he subsequently returned to London for a brief spell as Director in TV and Cinema. Within this period he completed international commissions in editorial and advertising photography as well as television commercials. His decision to pursue a career as a fine artist followed a long two year sabbatical where he refused all commercial work in order to concentrate on spawning his first purposeful artworks in 2002-3. These were screen-based, experimental film works using Super 8 film and framed within a landscape of ‘metaphysical and ontological significance.’
Having trained traditionally in photography and filmmaking, Graham particularly enjoys the interface between analogue processes and high end technology. Mainly using landscape and nature, his work often references the now disused term ‘scientia sacra,’ permeating chosen locations and objects with a metaphysical and ontological significance. As well as interpreting and re-creating notions of ‘sacred space,’ his work is infused with ideas that derive from intuitive and ritualistic sources. The results can be enticingly intangible, and in some cases, totally immersive. Graham sites two important factors fundamental to his work. First, ‘intuition,’ the catalyst behind the creation of every artwork, and second, ‘resonance,’ the result of the work as expressed through the viewer.
Chronos is the second part of in the cycle of life series made by London-based artist James P Graham between 1999 and 2001. It uses humour within everyday life to contrast ‘use of’ and ‘loss of’ time. Shot on location in Rajastan India between February and March 1999. Originally funded by Channel 4 Television UK 1999. Chronos was selected by James Putnam for screening in the Curated Program of M o m e n t u m / Sydney (2010).
Artist: Doug Fishbone
Year Produced: 2008
Medium: Documentation of Performance at Romanian Cultural Institute London on DVD
Duration: 13 min 50 sec (on loop)
Editions: Momentum Special Edition, Edition of V
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Doug Fishbone is an American artist based in London. His work often uses satire and humour within film, performance and installation to examine consumer culture and the mass media in a critical and disarming way and to investigate the relativity of perception and understanding between different conceptual frameworks and contexts.
"Communism" was specially selected to be shown in the inaugural exhibition opening M o m e n t u m / Berlin in Kunstquartier Bethanien, a historic building situated on the very path of the Berlin Wall.
MOMENTUM | Collection
The MOMENTUM Collection is a growing collection of international video art comprising the best and brightest artists we have shown and collaborated with worldwide. The Collection represents a cross-section of digital artworks at the top of the field. It ranges from some of the most established to emerging video artists, including work from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Finland, the US, the…
The MOMENTUM Collection is a growing collection of international video art comprising the best and brightest artists we have shown and collaborated with worldwide. The Collection represents a cross-section of digital artworks at the top of the field. It ranges from some of the most established to emerging video artists, including work from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Finland, the US, the UK, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Germany. The works in the Collection have been generously donated by the artists to support MOMENTUM, as we are a non-profit organization. In turn, MOMENTUM is committed to supporting our collaborating artists by exhibiting and promoting the Collection internationally and making it available on our website as a resource to inform and inspire the public and art professionals alike.
The Collection is being used in educational curriculums, and is available as a resource to interested individuals and institutions. Furthering MOMENTUM’s mission to promote the sharing and exchange of resources, the Collection has toured through Berlin and Venice at the time of the Venice Biennale (2011), and in 2012 was screened in Jerusalem in a public art festival, on a public art screen in Berlin, and was presented in select international art events.