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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Anne Robinson

My area of special interest is artists’ film, video & new media practice, looking in particular at artists’ experiments with time and duration in moving image work.
My work as a visual artist, working with video, film, digital media & painting has been concerned with the freeze frame: making paintings and prints from freeze frames and re-filmed video, and making video installation work. The different strands of my practice enrich one other, and are informed by theoretical research, and I am currently undertaking a practiced based doctorate which deals with ideas about time, painting, and moving image languages, in particular exploring the space between digital frames.

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Slip Frame
This exhibition of moving image works and paintings was part of a body of practice-based research on the experience of the elasticity of time in relation to painting and the various apparatuses of the moving image. There were three works in the gallery space:
Hold, a two-screen video installation which deals with "the relationships between several apparent binaries; these include that which is still and that which is moving, that which is exterior and that which is interior, that which is directly experienced and that which is vicarious, that which was then and that which is now.." (Dr. Judith Tucker)
An Occulting Light, a series of seven image sequences on two screens which has developed out of experimentation with the "affect" of re-filming.
Still Moving, 14 paintings which take as their starting point re-worked film frames.
A screening event and panel discussion accompanied the show.


Outcome 2 - Slivers of Crystal: Living in the Oscillation
I was invited to present a paper at the Memoria/Historia/Amnesia conference, on my practice-led research into the elasticity of time, painting, memory and the digital frame. This focused on my two screen video installation work in progress, Hold, and was a valuable opportunity to place this work in an academic research context.
The conference invited critical and analytical reflection on the field of "memory studies". Thematic concerns included: Migratory/Migrating Histories/Memories and Post-Trauma/Post-Memory: History, Representation, Affect. The event also covered areas such as current violence and trauma, and the reverberations of past trauma through modernity as well as considering the archive as practice and metaphor.


Outcome 3 - Time, Flesh & Nerve
I was the curator of this project, and also showed a new video work, using live mixing technology associated with music visuals in a contemporary art context.
Slice Through The Night was mixed live using a specially devised music score by composer Donald Bousted. The piece shown at this event is now part of an installation work in progress and the event itself has helped the work to evolve.
The event provided an opportunity for relevant work from different phases of artists' film, video and performance practice to be experienced together in a gallery context. As curator, I invited contributions from artists which related to my research on time, works of art, moving image languages and the 'instant'.


Outcome 4 - All At Sea
This article, commissioned for Filmwaves journal, explores relational aesthetics and the use of participatory video techniques by contemporary artists by examining two video installation works in Documenta in relation to the leitmotifs of Documenta 12: "Is Modernity our antiquity?" "What is 'bare life'?" and "Education: what is to be done?", and the curatorial project set out by Roger Buergel and Ruth Noack: the exhibition as "medium", a space of polyphony, openness, debate, exchange and controversy.
All At Sea questions the possibilities of participatory works which set out to be both aesthetically and politically challenging. It suggests that there may be a kind of complacency amongst Documenta's International contemporary art audience encountering works which seem to offer an obvious radical fix, and further explores the structures and aesthetic qualities of video works which seek to blur the boundaries between art and documentary with greater subtlety.
(image: Johanna Billing - This is How we Walk on the Moon)


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