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LUX Salon: Archaeologies of the Present: Place

Thu 21 May 2015 / 7pm

LUX, Shacklewell Lane
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Is it easier to create archaeology than science-fiction? Or perhaps, following Bergson’s description of the passage of time, we could say that we partake practically only in archaeology, the pure present being archaeology gnawing into science-fiction. The three films in this programme examine the layers of history and overlapping temporalities embedded in architecture and landscape.

Beatrice Gibson’s A Necessary Music is a science fiction film about modernist social housing. Set on Roosevelt Island, it is a musically conceived piece which explores the social imaginary of a utopian landscape through directed attention to the voices that inhabit it. Lance Wakeling’s Views of A Former Verizon Building is the second in a series of his works that explores the physical sites of the global telecom infrastructure. The former Verizon building is now a data centre, and the film focuses on its proximity to the state apparatus in the Civic Center district in downtown Manhattan, unpacking a century of history. David Kelley and Patty Chang’s Flotsam Jetsam follows the fabrication and journey of a wooden submarine to the Three Gorges site – once a landscape most often depicted in traditional Chinese painting, now submerged to accommodate a hydroelectric dam. Wavering between documentary and fictional modes of address, the film explores landscape’s relationship to identity.

Curated by Sasha Litvintseva. Lance Wakeling, Beatrice Gibson and Sasha Litvintseva will be present for a discussion.


A Necessary Music, Beatrice Gibson, 2008, 25 min

Views of A Former Verizon Building, Lance Wakeling, 2012, 21 min

Flotsam Jetsam, David Kelley and Patty Chang, 2007, 30 min

A Necessary Music, Beatrice Gibson, 2008
Film still from A Necessary Music, Beatrice Gibson, 2008


Beatrice Gibson

Beatrice Gibson lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include, A Tale of Two Cities, The Highline, New York, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, The Showroom, London, Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart, The Serpentine Gallery. Gibson’s films have screened at numerous experimental film venues and film festivals including Anthology Film Archives NY, LA Film Forum, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Experimenta, London Film Festival, and Oberhausen Short Film Festival. She has twice won the Rotterdam International Film Festival Tiger Award for short film, was nominated for the 2013 Jarman Award and shortlisted for the 2013-15 Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

David Kelley

David Kelley lives and works in Boston. A 2010 resident at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Kelley received a Master of Fine Art from University of California, Irvine. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College. Recent solo and group presentations at Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abrons Art Center, New York, the deCordova Museum, Commonwealth and Council gallery, Los Angeles, MAAP space, Brisbane, Bank, Shanghai, and Beirut, Cairo.

Patty Chang

Patty Chang lives and works in Boston. Chang received her degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1994. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and internationally at such institutions as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the New Museum, New York, BAK- basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester. In 2008 Chang was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize and in 2009 was named the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow of Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. She is a 2014 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Lance Wakeling

Lance Wakeling lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His recent films include “Field Visits for Chelsea Manning (2014),” “Subida al cielo (2013),” and “A Tour of the AC-1 Transatlantic Submarine Cable (2011).” His artworks and videos have shown at BAM, NYC, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Supplement Gallery, London, NiMK, Amsterdam, The Woodmill, London, Import Projects, Berlin, Capricious Gallery, Brooklyn, and Future Gallery, Berlin. His work has appeared in Flash Art, The New York Times, ubu.com and Artforum.com, among other publications and websites.

Sasha Litvintseva

Sasha Litvintseva is an artist working in moving image who lives and works in London. Recent and upcoming solo presentations at AC Institute, New York, Image/Movement, Berlin, IMT gallery, London, two person show Union Pacific, London, group shows at Wroclaw Biennale, Carlos/Ishikawa gallery, London, Contemporary Art Museum of Bogota, Columbia, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm, and screenings at festivals including Kino Der Kunst, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Athens Film and Video Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival.