Interregnum. Featuring two elaborate film installations accompanied by selections from 3 photographic series, the exhibition reveals Douglas's conceptual and technical mastery of filmic forms, which represent and render perceivable time, history, and memory.
curated by Dirk Snauwaert
WIELS opens its new cultural season in October – a little later than normal due to renovation works – with the big retrospective exhibition of Canadian artist Stan Douglas.
Stan Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver) is best known for his visually absorbing and sophisticated films and video installations. However, over the last decennia he has also created a significant body of photographic work.
WIELS brings both together in this topical survey entitled Interregnum, a title alluding to a historical moment of suspension and in-between-ness.
Featuring two elaborate film installations accompanied by selections from three photographic series, the exhibition reveals Douglas’s conceptual and technical mastery of filmic forms, which represent and render perceivable time, history, and memory.
A world premiere at WIELS
Douglas’s new six-screen installation The Secret Agent (2015) – shown at WIELS for the first time – transposes the storyline of Joseph Conrad’s eponymous spy novel to the context of Portugal’s 1974 Carnation Revolution, a liberatory moment that was quickly confronted by the logics of terror of the Cold War. The film loosely follows Conrad’s storyline, a primer for popular spy literature.
Stan Douglas has broken fresh ground with the theatre production of Helen Lawrence (2014), which will run on 29, 30 and 31 October as a guest performance at deSingel Antwerp concurrently with the exhibition. The actors’ performances will be simultaneously filmed on stage and integrated into a computer-generated setting.
In collaboration with the Carré d’Art (Nimes), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Kunsthal Charlottenburg (Copenhagen), the Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), and the Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon).
With the support of David Zwirner, New York/London, and Victoria Miro, London.
The book The Secret Agent, published by Ludion and including essays by Eric de Bruyn, Seamus Kealy and Jason Smith, will accompany the exhibition. With over 200 illustrations and extensive archival material.
Image: The Secret Agent, 2015. Six-channel video projection, sound, with 1 audio equipment rack on wheels, 6 screens, 8 speakers, 6 video projectors. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London
Press & Communication
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Press conference Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 11:00 in the presence of the artist and of the curator Dirk Snauwaert
Opening: 08.10.2015, preceded by a conversation between the artist and Dirk Snauwaert at 18:30 sharp
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