NATASHA JOHNS-MESSENGER ARTISTS STATEMENT

NATASHA JOHNS-MESSENGER
511, 2008
Single channel
4:3 video
stereo sound
10:21 minutes
The general conceptual objectives and theoretical agenda underlying my installation works has been three-fold: one, to dissolve parameters between art-object and its context by using the exhibition site as subject; two, to change the way immediate space is perceived or viewed by developing modes of representation such as real-time image capture inside optical viewing structures; and three, to create artworks that are predominantly experiential (not object based).
Although I’ve done many site-films as part of my installations, 511 is the first site-film I’ve made for a particular cinema. All the images and sounds in the film come from the cinema and projection room. The cinema, known simply as 511 is situated in inside Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York in a building called Dodge Hall. 511 was made specifically for the space, and shown there in 2008.
When viewing 511 outside this context, it will be interesting to see what is lost or gained. In addition to this, a cinema like 511 may also morph or change over time, therefore showing it again in 511 (which is the intention), at a later date, may also have a similar removal of context, albeit a temporal not a spatial one. 

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