In 2012, I made MOTHER (duration: 1 minute) It was my adaptation of Vito Acconci's Three Adaptation Studies (1970).
The soundtrack is a distortion of a washing machine. I sent Mr.Acconci a copy, I didn't know what to write, then I received a simple email in his minimal style. That was good enough for me! Sadly, I was too shy to tell him I wrote my thesis back in 1999 at CSM on those films he made too. It was called EVERYDAY LIFE AS A REHEARSAL. It was all about how each day and each thing we made was a rehearsal for the next and that there was never really a performance. My Critical Theory tutors were Suhail Malik and Claire Lofting. Both amazing. I was told that the mark I got was one of the three highest that year which meant it went into the CSM Library Archive at Charing Cross Road. Best news ever at the time. I couldn't bear to read another book for five years after writing that though.
Sometimes it takes years to work out what someone's work means to you. (Our department's external examiner at the time, Susan Hiller said to me that sometimes it takes years for an idea to develop. I could see that my work was going to take its time. Joseph Kosuth was the external examiner for our Year. Practice Tutors were Anne Tallentire @tallentireanne and Monica Ross. My goodness we were lucky).
I'm glad I did the film in time. Acconci passed away last year.
I don't think I need to explain my film anymore this time. After all, it is all about time.
MOTHER was screened at the ONE MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL in HULL in 2015 (curated by @kerrybaldry )
Lying on the floor, he lights a cigarette, looks straight into camera, pushes the play button on a cassette player just out of sight, and say, "I have no idea what your face looks like. ... but I know there's gotta be somebody...watching me. somebody who wants to come in close to me."
New acquisition: Vito Acconci, Stretched Façade, 1984 (Mirrored Perspex, painted wood, vinyl, 243.8 x 259.1 x 78.7 cm), Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst #migrosmuseum#vitoacconci#artcollection
Today! 5pm, Higgins Hall Siegal Gallery.
Celebrating the life and work of Artist, Writer, Designer, Architect and Pratt Professor Vito Acconci in the Higgins Hall Siegal Gallery. Presentations by friends and colleagues, reception to follow. Free and open to the public. #PrattSoA#PrattGAUD#Pratt_UA
SP18 SoA Today Poster by @richardsarrach of @PrattSoA and @Pratt_ITL