UNCONSCIOUS ARCHIVES SALON
7pm, Tuesday 18 June 2013
Drinks, performance, panel discussion
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Rd, London E2 9EG
A re-enactment of Guy Sherwin's expanded cinema work from 1976, (Wo)man with Mirror (2009) is presented by Louise Curham and Lucas Ihlein (Teaching and Learning Cinema, Australia teachingandlearningcinema.org).
Curham & Ihlein were aware of the idea that Sherwin could not carry on performing Man with Mirror forever. Motivated to 'carry on and extend the tradition' Curham & Ihlein considered documentation an unremarkable end, and instead designed a DIY brochure for recreating a new version of Man with Mirror that was historically inquisitive, experiential and incidentally unisex and utopian.
By nature of the work, Sherwin's Man with Mirror has become a dialogue about the passage of time as much as it is about the considerations of challenging the core aspects of the medium - space, film, frame, reflection. Curham's & Ihlein's 'doubled' re-enactment articulates contemporary concerns about representation and access to learning, and provokes questions of recontextualisation and abstracted historicism.
Re-enactment or re-staging? A product of an antipodean radical film bee, the re-imagining of this seminal work is a provocative forum.
Followed by Curham & Ihlein in discussion with Dr Patti Gaal-Holmes & Dr Kim Knowles. With special guest Guy Sherwin.