Aspex gallery in Gunwharf Quays is welcoming back Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry, the winners of EMERGENCY4, their biennial open submission competition.
The artists are displaying an exhibition of newly commissioned work called Afterimage.
It is an investigation into the history of viewership, and what the implications might be of viewing the after image of history in our present surroundings.
Kihlberg & Henry have tracked down the many cinemas in operation on Portsea Island between the turn of the 20th century and their post-war decline, searching not for the images projected into the frames of the cinema’s screens, but for the physical locations that housed the golden age of cinema-going.
What is found at the sites of Portsea Island’s 30 plus cinemas is a plethora of contemporary life; shopping, eating, accommodation, derelict inner city areas, widened roads; many of the things with which history’s progression has replaced the cinema, both as a physical space and a space of culture.
Through video and installation, Kihlberg & Henry re-frame history as a two-dimensional image in the gallery, offering a new condition of viewership where parallel embodiments of both time and place collide.
The exhibition marks a cultural shift away from the social experience of cinema towards a private home-viewing culture.
It takes as its starting point the two-dimensional image of the screen while acknowledging further dimensions, which exist beyond the illusions projected upon it.
Karin Kihlberg and Reuben Henry have been collaborating since 2004. For the past two years they have worked as researchers in the Fine Art Department at the Jan van Eyck Academy.
Their work has been screened at Tate Modern and they took part in the 100 Ideas Festival at Hayward Gallery in 2007. They have presented solo exhibitions at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vivid in Birmingham and Danielle Arnaud in London.
This free exhibition is open daily from 11am until 5pm until June 26.