Object Interviews

Swiss Cottage Gallery past exhibitions: 2015

Object Interviews

By Patrick Hough

17.09 – 08.11 2015

 

London based Irish artist Patrick Hough works with moving image, photography and installations, examining how history is constructed and represented in the present. His most recent body of work uses an archive of historical film props to explore how the cinematic image is indelibly embedded in our perception of history. For this exhibition the artist presented several moving image works including a new film and installation.

Object Interviews still (c) Patrick Hough
Object Interviews still (c) Patrick Hough

Central to the exhibition was ‘Object Interviews’, a series of three films in which specialists from various fields interpret and discuss a range of film props.  Part I featured a keeper of Egyptian Artefacts from the British Museum deconstructing their historical significance, while Part II featured a cultural theorist uncovering the unconscious impact of a prop on the viewer, using the framework of psychoanalysis.

Object Interviews still (c) Patrick Hough
Object Interviews still (c) Patrick Hough

Part III, produced specially for this exhibition, considered the perspective of two prop makers as they discussed the objects in relation to craft, construction, the continuous overlap between the objects in history and their own history as an object, used and reused in multiple productions. Within these films the prop takes centre stage as an object that is - in some ways - more powerful and significant than the “original” historical artefact, as it carries a richer layer of meaning that gives us insight into not only the history it was designed to signify in popular culture, but also into ourselves. It signifies how we read the world of objects through a layer of preconceived ideas.
 

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