Volunteer (1998)

Wood, J and Harrison, P (2020) Volunteer (1998). In: Nuovo Cinema Galleria, Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal, 23 January – 5 February 2020.

Item Type: Exhibition
Creators: Wood, J and Harrison, P
Official URL: https://www.veracortes.com/exhibitions
Date: January 2020
Event Location: Galeria Vera Cortês, Lisbon, Portugal
Number of Pieces: 1
Medium: Video
Measurements/Duration: 6.20 minutes

Exhibition curated by Orsola Vannocci Bonsi.

'Nuovo Cinema Galleria' is a pretext to transform and rethink the gallery as a screening room. It draws its title from Giuseppe Tornatore’s celebrated movie, 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso' (1988), emphasizing how cinema can be understood, thus seen and lived, as a catalyst of experiences and relations, both at an individual and collective level. In 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso', a small movie theatre in a remote Sicilian village becomes the fulcrum of the social and cultural life of its inhabitants. But not only that: the specific and special milieu created by the cinema invites to dream and to ponder, as well as to explore new worlds and new modes. At the same time it allows the encounter, a fundamental necessity for collectivity. And what happens when the “white-cube” gallery becomes a “black-box” cinema? Could the spectator in the contemporary art gallery escape and enter into other, diverse worlds, as in the cinema-experience, through “video art” and its experimentation? Could the gallery also become a tool for collective aggregation, exactly as Tornatore’s cinema? 'Nuovo Cinema Galleria' intends to rethink the exhibition space of the gallery as something accessible, evidencing its capacity to be a place of discovery and magic, fascination, deliberation and wonder at the same time. It is an invitation to revisit this space in a different light, or even better, without light, without actually seeing the space, erasing the white-cube and replacing it by a comfortable and soft darkness.

Nuovo Cinema Galleria comprises three sessions, each one lasting about two weeks and composed by a series of videos projected in loop during the opening hours. Each of the three sessions explores a different theme, but together they generate a dialogue between works from artists represented by the gallery and others by invited artists and filmmakers, creating a continuous discourse of flowing, moving images. Furthermore, each session will be accompanied by an event, a moment of light and, but not only, live action and collective aggregation, completing it.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
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