Seita, Sophie. 2023. Cloudiness. In: "Crossing Borders", Millbank Tower, London, United Kingdom, 2 - 5 November 2023. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Seita, Sophie
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Sophie Seita's video piece 'Cloudiness' (2021) was included in the group exhibition Crossing Borders, curated by Hannah Imhoff.

CLOUDINESS is a video essay by Sophie Seita that plays with the materiality and tactility of translation within and beyond language. Translation as movement. As visual-haptic echo chamber. Is translation always the retracing of shapes already carved, of thoughts already voiced, now tasked with a different sort of materialisation on a variable scale of proximity? Experimental translations, in particular, make their scaffolding visible. To intentionally upset the truism of translational invisibility, the scaffold visualises a material process. This making-visible does not aim for a transparency of meaning. Instead, experimental translations side with a certain cloudiness...

The exhibition Crossing Borders presented a site-embedded political space that formulate a critique of institutional power structures without forgetting the human beings that are interwoven within it. The exhibition site, was the Millbank Tower, a Grade II listed building designed by Ronald Ward, that is located beside the River Thames, opposite MI6, with Tate Britain to the east and Westminster within walking distance to the west. The building, which over the years has housed the offices of the United Nations and both the Labour and Conservative party, still appears as a gatekeeper and mystery space where secret governmental decisions were made. From 1 till 5 November 2023 the second floor was infiltrated with conceptual art.

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Cloudiness was originally commissioned by Anna Luhn & Lena Hintze, for THE GAME(S) OF TRANSLATION, in collaboration with LCB (Literarisches Colloquium Berlin) & TOLEDO, & the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” at Freie Universität Berlin. Captions by Robert Steffani.


Crossing Borders, group show, curated by Hannah Imhoff, Millbank, London, 2023.

There’s no way I can know it, the object, or the body, two-person show, Hoxton253, London, 2022.


Bard College (2022)
Newham Word Fest (2022)

Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
Date range: 2 - 5 November 2023
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Event Location: Millbank Tower, London, United Kingdom
Item ID: 35750
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2024 11:12
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 11:12


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