Phantoms of the Avant-Garde is the first in a series of four events exploring lines of connection and points of dialogue between the LUX archive and the Cranford collection. The first screening is presented in collaboration with CGP London at Dilston Grove, and curated by Matt Carter (Distribution Manager, LUX) and Louise Chignac (Special Projects Manager, Cranford). LUX and Cranford Collection would like to extend special thanks to Judith Carlton, Director CGP London, and the whole gallery team.
The screening takes Laure Prouvost’s Wantee as a starting point, a work centred around her fictional grandfather and his relationship to the Surrealist artist Kurt Schwitters. The artists in the programme deconstruct their own canonical heritage through explorations of the past while creating new histories within the very apparatus they disassemble. They appear to dislodge time in order to forge new associations. This creates a tension between an inescapable past and the endless potential of the future, and highlights the absurd futility inherent in artistic practice; both an unrelenting and admirable fervour.
Lucy Skaer, Leonora (The Joker), 2007 / 16mm loop
Laure Prouvost, Wantee, 2013 / HD Video / 15 mins
Ursula Mayer, Lunch in Fur, 2008 / 16mm tranferred to video / 8 mins
Mark Aerial Waller, Phantom Avantgarde, 2010 / SD video / 8 mins
Jimmy Robert, L’Education Sentimentale, 2005 / SD video / 5 mins
Beatrice Gibson, The Tiger’s Mind, 2012 / HD video / 24 min
Total runtime: 60mins