Manon de Boer’s best known films include a series of portraits in which the film medium itself is continuously interrogated. She is interested in moments of open-ended time in which ‘doing nothing’ can transform into play – and play can transform into creation.
This screening will present two films followed by a Q&A with Tate St Ives curator Laura Smith. In Dissonant the camera follows every movement of dancer Cynthia Loemij. The film is shot on 16mm film and when a roll runs out, the dance continues, the sound audible and the screen black during the one minute that is needed to change the film roll. In Presto, Perfect Sound composer and violinist, George Van Dam, performs Béla Bartok's sonata for violin solo, Presto. The film offers an intense reflection on a moment of creative concentration.
De Boer’s work has been exhibited internationally, at the Venice Biennale (2007), Berlin Biennale (2008), Sao Paulo Bienal (2010) and Documenta 13 (2012) and has also been included in numerous film festivals in Hong Kong, Marseille, Rotterdam and Vienna.
Based in Brussels, she first visited Cornwall in September 2016 to attend the International Musicians Seminar (IMS) Master Classes held at Prussia Cove. During her second visit, she recorded the sounds of the Master Classes. Using the IMS recording as a starting point, she is developing new work for the Groundwork programme, to be shown in 2018.
This event is organised by CAST as part of Groundwork, and is supported and hosted by Falmouth School of Art.
Groundwork is a three-year project bringing international contemporary art to Cornwall, supported by Arts Council England. Field trips, workshops and events during 2016 and 2017 are building towards a season of new commissions and sited work opening in May 2018.
Image Credit: Still from Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010, courtesy of the artist and Auguste Orts