Mirror Speech [Solo Exhibition]

Pickering, Gail. 2014. Mirror Speech [Solo Exhibition]. In: "Gail Pickering Solo Exhibition Mirror Speech", BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, 31 October 2014 - 11 January 2015. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Pickering, Gail
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents a major solo exhibition by British artist Gail Pickering.

For her exhibition Mirror Speech, Gail Pickering draws from her research into a pioneering social experiment in community television which took place in France in the 1970s. Participants of the project disputed the image they had once collectively made culminating in a climate of widespread distrust about its political objectives. The last remaining recordings of their live broadcasts provide a space for Pickering to address the subjectivity of the televisual image itself, fictionalising the literal cuts of the historical material.

The artist has wholly transformed the gallery space with a series of interconnected chambers where she has imagined a site for this cultural production and their social spaces to suggest a place of live transmission. Pickering uses montage within her videos to mimic the episodic and fragmentary character of both television and the video tape recordings.

Central to all the works in the exhibition is the use of the voice. All the on-screen characters instinctively mouth a shared monologue, a collective voice that shifts between being a story-teller, a conversationalist and an interrogator, each addressing the choreography of images that we see. The artist uses dubbing and lip-synching to produce a narrative that explores the physicality of the projected image and both the space in which the community found itself.

Pickering's video and performance works often function as social proposals that involve a process of collaboration working with amateurs, professional actors and performers. By referring to specific sites and historical and political events, the artist speculates on notions of temporality and presence.

Contributors: Pickering, Gail (Author)
Official URL: http://balticplus.uk/gail-pickering-mirror-speech-...
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BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England and has welcomed over seven million visitors since opening to the public in July 2002. BALTIC presents a distinctive and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events, and is a world leader in the presentation and commissioning of contemporary visual art.

Housed in a landmark ex-industrial building, BALTIC consists of 2,600 square metres of art space, making it the UK’s largest dedicated contemporary art institution. BALTIC has gained an international reputation for its commissioning of cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.

Keywords: Gail Pickering; Mirror Speech; Solo Exhibition; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Moving Image Installation;
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 31 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Related URL: http://www.gailpickering.com, https://baltic.art/whats-on/exhibitions/gail-pickering-mirror-speech
Event Location: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Item ID: 23159
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2018 21:53
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2023 11:07



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