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Title

House of cards

2004


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

'House of cards' was an intensely psychological performance carried out by Mike Parr in private at Artspace, Sydney on 2 May 2004. With his print work '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE) Black Box of 100 Self Portrait Etchings', Parr sat on the gallery floor and clumsily constructed a house of cards, a game he recalls playing with his siblings as a child. Parr’s regressive enactment 'transcends the self-portrait image' by seemingly channelling the repressed Id, buried deep within his unconscious.

'House of card's is a black and white video, digitised from Mark Bliss's 16mm film recording of the performance. An edition of '(ALPHABET/HAEMORRHAGE)' is held within the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW.


Details


Date

2004


Media category

Time-based art


Materials used

16mm film shown as single channel digital video, black and white, sound


Edition

AP, from an edition of 3 + 2 AP


Dimensions

duration: 00:29:40 min continuous, aspect ratio: 16:9


Signature & date

Signed and dated certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen “Mike Parr 21.10.2019”.


Credit

Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

216.2019


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

79