This extraordinary exhibition at the Hayward Gallery took us into the surreal mind of artist Pipilotti Rist, through the medium of video. Rist says: ‘when I close my eyes, my imagination roams free’, and it certainly felt as though we were walking into her innermost thoughts. Captivating projections turned the Hayward Gallery into a fantasy video playground. There are projections onto the floor and ceiling as well as walls, floating screens and objects. Rist has changed the way we look at and experience moving images.
On my recent trip to Hong Kong my good friend Yoko Choy took me to see Moustache, a fantastic men’s emporium on Aberdeen Street in the Sheung Wan area. Founded by two New Yorkers, Moustache sells both ready to wear clothing and bespoke tailoring and has recently launched a bespoke denim range. With its fantastically quirky take on tropical menswear, Moustache, which was founded by Ellis Kreuger and Alex Daye, changes its interior scheme every 6 months and in its new incarnation, with a frontage of Chinese bric-a-brac and bonsai trees, you could almost walk right by. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Hong Kong.
Before my flight back to London, I organized a ticket to visit the new Michael Arad Memorial. I have tracked the site and while I knew about the pools, I did not expect to be so moved and ‘blown away’. The line you have to take en route to security makes you slow down and appreciate where you are, so I was in the right state of mind to appreciate the sunken reflective pools made of granite. Water cascades from each north and south pool, and the sound is part of the hypnotic experience. A bronze border is inset with the names of all the people who lost their lives. This is so powerful, personal and you can understand why Arad also calls it a place for meditation.
Yesterday, having done Frieze and many of the art shows, I dropped into Bargehouse, near Tate Modern. It was the inaugural video exhibition with 28 galleries participating. I was totally taken by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung‘s Fat Free Nirvana 2011/The Fast Supper. I couldn’t take my eye off the flying big macs!
At Tate Modern, artist Tacita Dean has created the twelfth installation for the Unilever Series. In celebration of analogue film, she has produced a silent 11 minute loop called FILM featuring surreal imagery. Dean describes it as a ‘visual poem’ made through ‘letting the material’s intrinsic magic be her guide’. Visitors to the Turbine Hall experience a mesmerising calmness when watching the piece and Dean is highlighting the potential loss of film, as video and digital media take over.
Written by Camron intern Lisa McMillan.