Lorrice Douglas, CCW PhD student, recently participated in the exhibition, Death and Dying, curated by David Lillington at MAG3 Project Space in Vienna. Douglas’s research focuses on discreet works and the intricate realm between private and public space. The terrain is circumvent, made up of components often considered as fragments, sub plots and the everyday. The project raises the question to what extent does an audience navigate or experience the incidental, and how this can be measured within a research context. What does a sensibility for discretion look or sound like?
Speaking about the exhibition, Douglas said, ‘This September I participated in the group exhibition Death and Dying at MAG3, Vienna. The show follows Dying on Screen which was co-curated by David Lillington and Rosie Cooper at the Wellcome Collection, 2013. As well as showing an early piece of work, I visited the exhibition for my research. The trip was a precious opportunity to visit the artworks and to discuss them in situ with the audience, artists and curator. I am intrigued to learn how artworks deal with intimate space and how the audience encounters these works, some of which could be highly emotive. I am researching what kind of space can exist for artworks which might be considered discreet or intimate and within that, the relation between the artist, the artwork and the audience. It is this dynamic which is of particular interest to me in my research at UAL.’
Death and Dying
Curated by David Lillington, Wednesday 10 – Friday 19 September 2014
Opening: Wednesday 10 September 2014, 19.00; with performances 19.30 by Verena Dürr and 20.00 Roman Gerold
Video Screenings: Thursday 11 September and Wednesday 17 September 20.00
Exhibition: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture
Opening times: Tuesday – Friday 16.00-20.00 and by appointment 00 44 7813 958523 (David, or by text) or +43 (0)676 340 9218 (Gue Schmidt)
Schiffamtsgasse 17, 1020
U-Bahn Schottenring, exit Herminengasse
Death and Dying will consist of two performances, two evening screenings of videos by 13 artists and an exhibition showing work by 30 artists. As early as 1984 sociologist Allan Kellehear wrote, ‘to say that our contemporary societies are “death-denying” has no theoretical or practical explanatory value.’ In 2001 Deborah Boardman, curator of the exhibition Mortal, (University of Chicago) disclosed bravely: ‘in my own life a fear of death compelled me toward art projects that would comfort and assuage it.’ Similarly, Verena Dürr (performing on Wednesday the 10th) has written, ‘my approach is: through the issue of death to examine life.’ Some artists have worked with the subject for years, some respond to specific events, personal or out in the world. Much of the work tends towards theatre. This is a show about art as well as about death, with a huge range of approaches: social, quotidian, bodily; realist, romantic or about the inner voice.
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.