Neither

4th September – 4th October 2014

John Cage / Henning Lohner
Harun Farocki
Sophie Michael

Curated by Tim Steer 

“The eye is an instrument that moves itself, a means which invents its own ends; it is that which has been moved by some impact of the world, which it then restores to the visible through the traces of a hand”

– Maurice Merleau-Ponty 

One11 and 103 is a film and sound composition produced by John Cage, under the direction of Henning Lohner. It is Cage’s only feature-length film, made the year of his death. In it, light moves to and fro, never fully gleaming but lighting an empty wall in shadow, from inner to outer shadow. The space is lit, as between gently closing and parting doors, light fades then unfades. It is a film about “the effect of light in an empty space. But no space is actually empty and the light will show what is in it” (Cage). The only thing left is the back and forth relation of camera and light, light and eye.

Harun Farocki’s Eye/Machine II is a video essay that combines Gulf War television footage, computer simulations of tank and aircraft weapons, and images from the first bomb with a camera installed in 1942. The montage runs through image making and optical technologies, implying that images, production, real and virtual representations of war are now blurred and indistinct – “there must be a connection between production and war”.

In 99 Clerkenwell Road by Sophie Michael, multi-coloured and bright circular shapes move unheeded, gently across, around and overlapping a dark frame; recalling early experimental and abstract films of artists such as Oskar Fischinger. Details and parts of fixtures, edges and boundaries of a lit room gradually reveal themselves from the otherwise impenetrable background as the film outlines a physically located space in which the camera movement produces the moving shapes. 

This exhibition is at our new space:
Seventeen
270-276 Kingsland Road
London 
E8 4DG

Please note our entrance is at the rear of the building on Acton Mews.

John-Cage-Neither
Neither Installation 3
Neither, Installation view, 2014
Neither John Cage Installation
John Cage / Henning Lohner, Installation view
John Cage 1
John Cage / Henning Lohner, One 11 with 103, 1992
Single channel video
John Cage 5
John Cage / Henning Lohner, One 11 with 103, 1992
Single channel video
John Cage 4
John Cage / Henning Lohner, One 11 with 103, 1992
Single channel video
John Cage 3
John Cage / Henning Lohner, One 11 with 103, 1992
Single channel video
 
Neither Harun Farocki Installation
Harun Farocki, Installation view
Harun Farocki 2
Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine II, 2002
Single channel video
Harun Farocki 1
Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine II, 2002
Single channel video
Neither Installation 1
Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010

Colour 16mm film

8 minutes
Sophie Michael 3
Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010

Colour 16mm film

8 minutes
Sophie Michael 2
Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010

Colour 16mm film

8 minutes
Sophie Michael 1
Sophie Michael, 99 Clerkenwell Road, 2010

Colour 16mm film

8 minutes
Neither Installation 2
Neither, Installation view, 2014