Michael Stevenson is pleased to present Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's film Noreturn as part of the FOREX series.
Noreturn was shot amidst Gonzalez-Foerster's installation TH 2058, a commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London, in 2008. Like many of the artist's works, this installation references the science-fiction stories of such writers as JG Ballard and Philip K Dick, imagining a city of the near future in which the incessant rain has caused the public sculptures to grow to monumental proportions. These giant artworks are sheltered in the Turbine Hall along with hundreds of bunk-beds for the human refugees from the rain.
In Noreturn, a group of children in school uniform enters the set of this exhibition. First excited, playing and fooling around, the children start calming down, running for shelter beneath a giant Henry Moore sculpture. They start whispering 'Noreturn', 'Noreturn?' The atmosphere changes gradually. Glowing images coming from an oversized screen in the background accompanied by noisy sounds create a disturbing setting. An extract from Gonzalez-Foerster's subtitles reads:
I dream we are all lying down on bunk-beds. The room is full of beds. In my dream, I know there are a lot of other rooms full of people lying down. The beds are white and grey, narrow and cabled together. The yellow light never goes out. Sometimes it dims a little. Some of us have bended knees, others have completely stretched out. We cannot and besides, we do not want to move. We do not speak. We write. We get up very rarely. It's like when we spent an entire night in the airplane and there was turbulence.
Noreturn shows at the gallery alongside works by Pieter Hugo and Dineo Seshee Bopape. The film shares an apocalyptic theme with Hugo's Permanent Error series, and Hugo has previously acknowledged Ballard as an important point of reference. At the same time, the film's editing and use of colour echo Bopape's formal experimentation with the moving image, while the children's play resonates with the unpredictability of Bopape's installations.
Gonzalez-Foerster was born in 1965 in Strasbourg, France, and lives and works in paris and Rio de Janeiro. In addition to her commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, her recent solo exhibitions have included projects for MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (2008); Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris (2007); Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich (2004); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2002). She participated in Performa 09, New York City (2009); Making Worlds, the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002). She is the recipient of the 2002 Marcel Duchamp Award, Paris, and the 1996-97 Mies van der Rohe Award, Krefeld, Germany.
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The exhibition opens on Thursday 29 July, 6-8pm.
Work courtesy of Esther Schipper, Berlin.
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