Je­re­my Shaw - Vi­deo In­stal­la­ti­on

Das Schwarze Brett - - INSIDE STORY -

The Po­ly­gon Gal­le­ry opens its doors to the world with its in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­ti­on N. Van­cou­ver, the or­ga­niza­t­i­on’s most am­bi­tious pro­ject to date, pro­vi­ding an op­por­tu­ni­ty for the Gal­le­ry’s first au­di­en­ces to wit­ness the ima­gi­na­ti­ve pos­si­bi­li­ties of vi­su­al art­works in dis­cour­se with the im­me­dia­te sur­roun­dings of its new ho­me.

Re­flec­ting the shif­ting na­tu­re of their lo­ca­le, exis­ting and spe­cial­ly com­mis­sio­ned works will evol­ve over the cour­se if the ex­hi­bi­ti­on, brin­ging new works by the in­vi­ted ar­tists in­to the ex­hi­bi­ti­on du­ring its run. A pu­bli­ca­ti­on, as­sem­bling ma­te­ri­al about North Van­cou­ver and its di­ver­se his­to­ries, will be pu­blis­hed in spring 2018.

With his two-chan­nel vi­deo in­stal­la­ti­on “Best Minds” Ber­lin-ba­sed vi­su­al ar­tist and mu­si­ci­an Je­re­my Shaw features the slo­wed-down hand­held di­gi­tal cam­cor­der-foo­ta­ge of the cro­wed at a strai­gh­tedge hard­core con­cert in Van­cou­ver. As a sub­set of hard­core punk, this mu­sic gen­re le­vels a cri­tique against tra­di­tio­nal hard­core and does away with com­mon pre­ju­di­ces as­so­cia­ted with punk. The two chan­nels sur­round the view­er, who as a re­sult be­co­mes not on­ly an ob­ser­ver but al­so a par­ti­ci­pant.

Whi­le the low re­so­lu­ti­on of the foo­ta­ge al­re­a­dy pro­vi­des a fee­ling of dis­in­te­gra­ti­on, Shaw al­so re­pla­ced the ori­gi­nal vi­deo sound with a score of The Dis­in­te­gra­ti­on Lo­ops (2002) by avant-gar­de com­po­ser Wil­li­am Ba­sin­ki. The re­sult is a vi­be of vi­su­al and au­ral de­cay.

“Best Minds” re­fers with its tit­le to the opening of Al­lan Gins­berg’s se­mi­nal po­em Howl (1955), as well as to the strai­ght-edge be­lief that a self-im­po­sed life­style is a bet­ter one. The me­lan­ch­oly tem­po and to­ne of the com­po­si­ti­on in com­bi­na­ti­on with the vi­deo foo­ta­ge trans­po­ses the vio­lent dis­play in­to a me­di­ta­ti­ve and grace­ful one.

Je­re­my Shaw, born 1977 in North Van­cou­ver, li­ves and works in Ber­lin. Ad­op­ting stra­te­gies from the re­alms of con­cep­tu­al art, do­cu­men­ta­ry film, mu­sic vi­deo and sci­en­ti­fic re­se­arch, Shaw’s work has ad­dres­sed to­pics ran­ging from psy­che­de­lic drug use and brain ima­ging to teen­age vio­lence and ti­me tra­vel.

Dates: Van­cou­ver Nov 17 to April 30, 2018 Cost: Ad­mis­si­on by Do­na­ti­on

Lo­ca­ti­on: 101 Car­rie Ca­tes Court

North Van­cou­ver

Part of Ger­ma­ny @ Ca­na­da 2017 Part­ners from Im­mi­gra­ti­on to In­no­va­ti­on

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