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Studio 1.1, London, 2007
Studio 1.1, London, 2007

Studio 1.1, London, 2007

(solo exhibition)
allsopp&weir
11 - 16 may 2007
Studio 1.1
London E2

SOME TIME REPEATING AN EMBARRASSED WORD

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Curated in collaboration with Ellen Mara De Wachter.

Publication with texts by Simon O'Sullivan, Ellen Mara de Wachter and Paolo Plotegher
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Studio 1.1 Gallery presents allsopp&weir’s first solo exhibition in London. The exhibition includes new video, sound and performance work, shown together for the first time.

From the ruins of language, the artists present inadequate means: fragments, allusions and strivings, which are impelled to absurd speeds and thresholds through a logic of repetitive cruelty.

The video Some Time Repeating (Fascists, Thieves, Traitors) (2006), is structured around shots of a ruined sign in an otherwise empty landscape. Its soundtrack, spoken by Gertrude Stein, alludes to the potential ordering of history and human behaviour through repetition.

…And While We Were on Air (2005) edits together all of the breaths from two months of BBC news broadcasts. Newsreaders hyperventilate, on the verge of speech, cursed to endlessly repeat the interstitial gasps of their daily performances.

A new sound piece repeats the words of its title, Whenever I Stop to Breathe In, until it becomes impossible for the exhausted voice to continue.

Machine #1 (2007) will be presented as a video projection. Part of a new series developing an idea of language machines, it draws on previous work dealing with language learning processes. In Machine #1, a voice emanating from or being interrogated by a pulsing, jittery light, drifts in and out of sense, caught in an anxious, stuttering process of subjectification.

Indefinite Articles (2006) is a live operatic performance of indefinite fragments from The Communist Manifesto sung to the vocal part of Schoenberg’s Erwartung. The singer’s voice shifts between the organising metre of a past performance, the now of the slogans, and the stretch into an uncertain future.
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