Feux d'artifice / Burnout, Juliette Blightman
Friday 01 Sep 2023 from 11am to 9pm
Saturday 02 Sep 2023 from 11am to 9pm
Sunday 03 Sep 2023 from 11am to 7pm
Free upon registration
The installation is open to the public from Friday to Sunday. There will be an evening of screenings on Friday and a performance on Saturday evening, on booking.
Artist Juliette Blightman leaves summer behind and uses the changing light of the Agora to create a live performance over three days.
The artist sees her new paintings as a 'performance', as well as a set for a real-time film.
→ On Friday 1 September from 7pm to 8pm, her new film 'Feux d'artifice/Burnout '(2023), with music composed by artist Wayne Binitie, will be screened alongside films by artists who have inspired her:
Wayne Binitie 'Dark Bubbles', 2016
Juliette Blightman, 'Feux d’artifice / Burnout', 2023
Juliette Blightman, 'Once More ... as part of the 2023 Sommerfest at Haus am Waldsee', Berlin Soundtrack by Anthony Silvester, Video: Patrick Burghenn, 2023
Cerith Wyn Evan, 'Firework Text (Pasolini)', 1998-2003
Penny Goring, 'Fear', 2013
Penny Goring, 'Please make me love you', 2014
Justyna Kabala, 'German Open '98 (you know you're right)', 1998-2018
Sophie Michael, '99 Clerkenwell Road', 2010
→ On Saturday 2 September at 7pm, a soundtrack will be played live for the paintings, composed by musician Anthony Silvester. Each event creates a different experience of the paintings, the Agora, light and time, a different point of passage. The paintings are portals, entrances and exits, and ask the question: how do we enter an image? What are we supposed to see here, are we coming or going, or have we missed something? Free performance with registration here.
→ The installation can be seen from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September from 11am to 9pm (7pm on Sundays), free admission.
"Like water or fireworks, my works are violent and free, the noise of the works, the process, the energy, the light and darkness are always present, finding their own way while refusing the prescribed paths." Juliette Blightman
Blightman’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo/duo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Vleeshal Centre for Contemporary Art, Middelburg; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Performances and video works at Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Fridericianum, Kassel; Hayward Gallery, London; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Her works are held in the collections of the Arts Council, England and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, amongst others.
Blightman’s work is situated in light, time and darkness. The artist is curious of ways light moves through painting, like it might a film, whilst also performing and telling a story: "I am always trying to retain the idea of movement in a painting. Coming originally from film I am curious to how time and light moves through a painting, but also when it cannot, and the void and movement of darkness is present. Like a counterpoint in music (a method that gives no singular part a hierarchy, the voice, bass, percussion, guitar are all equal and each are as important as the other in the score), with my artwork, I try not to give painting, film, photography, any more value than the other, like with what I depict, a door, a toilet, a firework - is the same as a depiction of my daughter, a window, a night out. I try not to assign more meaning to one thing as they all exist simultaneously."