OPERA (QM.15) (2016), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Paris and Rio de Janeiro
Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin
Continue the exhibition to the top floor, “OPERA”, the significant art is the holographic soprano who is singing alone in a far distance situated in end of corridor, the red 3D video is in an untouchable place have arias. This cold derelict part is the excellent spot to present the art, it also provides the ghostly atmosphere and contemporary art concept.
m.A.A.d. (2014), Kahlil Joseph, Los Angeles. Photo: Coco Liu
The dual-screens talks the interpretation of African-American neighborhood life in Compton with the response to American singer Kendrick Lamar’s music, m.A.A.d. city that reveals how the freedom country treats non-white colour people community. Their life appears in movie and music video will never leave police violent and death scenes, neither do this artwork. It mixes the footage video of confliction between police and black citizen, and some scenes of a singer dancing and standing upside down like bat on the street, plus other side of community such as school and home. This intertextuality is brilliant even the contents is not too different to other similar black singer’s music video. I will not describe it is a short film but a lifestyle recording in music video form. Here is the video.
Way out direction inside the building. Photo: Coco Liu
This cross-cultures exhibition with 10 different dimensions arts, basically they all apply new media to create art in contemporary ways with visual collages. Surely visitors hold the right to have the freedom of explanation to any art. I did enjoy this presentation because it is not use the normal white box but all black screening room, the whole gallery remains the post-modern street art and imperfect appearance of the space, the artworks have conversation with the building, it makes all the context meaning from artists even more complete.
The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Image
Date: September 9th – December 11th, 2016
Place: The Store
Address: 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
Text: Coco Liu