Simon Faithfull – Does The World Exist (when I’m not there)


Does The World Exist

(when I’m not there)
Exposition personnelle / Solo exhibition
7 janvier 2017 >  22 février 2017

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The exhibition will present the video trilogy Going Nowhere (1995 – 2016) 

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Going Nowhere 1.5
HD video, 9min, 2016.
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« Going Nowhere 1.5 » presents a walk around the perimeter an inter-tidal island as it slowly disappears under the rising waves. The third in a trilogy of works that now spans 20 years, the film again shows a figure that seems locked in a Sisyphean quest. A small sand-island in the North Sea is filmed from a drone as the tide gradually eats away at its coast. A tiny figure walks purposely around its edge, spiralling inwards as the waters rise. Eventually the dry sands of the island vanish beneath the waves and the figure is gone.
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Going Nowhere 1.5 – extract video

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Going Nowhere 2
HD video, 5min 2011.
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« Going Nowhere 2 » presents a walk through a landscape at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea. A figure dressed in jeans and a white shirt walks purposefully away from the camera and steps laboriously through a landscape of fish, rocks and watery light until he disappears into the murky distance. A series of shots capture the figure travelling on his journey through this parallel universe – how is he able to walk 10 meters beneath the surface of the sea or where he is going is not clear, but he seems to have an objective or path that he is following.
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Going Nowhere 2 – extract video

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Going Nowhere 1
VHS transferred to DVD, 7min 1995.
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Simon Faithfull / Going Nowhere / 2011 6min, HD single channel video / video still

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Trudging through drifting snow, a figure walks slowly away from the camera. The silhouette gradually recedes to become a dot in the white landscape and finally disappears over the distant horizon.
The light changes as clouds pass overhead, birds flit by and it becomes apparent that the camera has been left to its own devices. « Going Nowhere 1 » was an attempt to witness an absence and to check wether the world still existed during this absence.
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Going Nowhere 1 – Extract video

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An Atlas Of Subjectivity, 2016 /Mixed media, stainless still, inkjet on paper mounted on acrylic /86 x 50 cm

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LIVRES / BOOKS
Disponibles à la galerie / Available at the gallery
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Does The World Exist
When I’m Not There ?

Publié par Kunstverein Springhornoh, 2016
24 x 17,5 cm, 36 pages
10€
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An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity #4
Copie unique / Unique copy
Édité par Simon Faithfull, 2016
23 x 15,5 cm, 1146 pages
Prix sur demande



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