Arlo Mountford and Charlie Sofo in conversation
Artists Arlo Mountford and Charlie Sofo talk with curator Justin Paton.
The 2011 Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts offers a series of ‘unguided tours’ through some rich imaginative territory.
Arlo Mountford updates one of Western art’s most famous riddles, using computer animation to give life to Jean-Antoine Watteau’s famous paintings of lovers arriving on or departing from a mythical island called Cythera. Adding motion to the scenes, Mountford poses afresh the question that viewers have long asked: Has the journey just begun, or just ended? Is this a scene of joy or lament?
Charlie Sofo goes walking in neighbourhoods near at hand, looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Paying attention to places that are usually glimpsed from the passenger window, Sofo’s videos propose a fresh way of understanding the landscape of the city – not in a car and in a rush, but on foot and on the lookout for small discoveries and lyrical connections.
Justin Paton is the guest curator for this year’s Anne Landa Award, Unguided tours. He is the senior curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in New Zealand.
Image: Arlo Mountford The Lament 2010-11 (detail) production still from digital animation. Courtesy of the artist and Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney
Sunday 22 May 2011, 2.30pm
Duration 30 minutes
Location: Temporary exhibitions gallery
Related exhibition: Unguided tours