Vancouver-based artist and writer Judy Radul is known for her experiments with various forms of performance including live actions, video, installation, photography and audio works, and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. In her upcoming exhibition at the Belkin Satellite, Radul presents never before seen video works for projection and monitor display alongside a new version of a video-performance produced for the ICA London in 1999.
Beginning on the evening of November 15th, passers-by on Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver will be confronted with the comings and goings at the doors of two of Italy’s most famous fashion houses. Gucci Prada (2002), a projection for the glass entrance of the Belkin Satellite, continues Radul’s exploration of public space as a stage where entrances and exits incite performance and serve to frame micro-dramas. The second projection, Four Seasons (2002), casts the image of a hotel lobby inside the gallery space, allowing viewers to deduce the small performances which emerge out of the leisurely traffic of a tourist locale. The projected videos coexist with two works for monitors exploring our physical and psychic relations to objects. For Concrete Examples (prototype version) (2002), Radul revisits an earlier project wherein she recorded herself reading the entire text of Chapter III in Part II of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception. Having broken down the text according to the series of everyday objects, which Merleau-Ponty used to illustrate his arguments, Radul superimposes the names of these ‘concrete examples’ onto a television broadcast for the length of time that it takes to read them out loud. The final work in the exhibition, In Relation to Objects (1999), consists of a four-monitor display showing people responding to everyday materials. In 1999 Radul invited four performers to work with (respectively): a green glass bottle, a coin, a bar of soap and a small hand towel. The performers’ abstract and unpredictable interplay with these objects test the basic conditions of interaction between people and things, thereby opening up new possibilities for perceiving the physical world.
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