Closing/Close By

Michael Curran & Imogen Stidworthy

A DVD and artists’ book developed from material originally created for the installation Closing/close by. A valedictory love-note to cinema and the intimate hold it continues to have on the collective imagination, this collaboration between Michael Curran and Imogen Stidworthy consists of a number of different elements. On two separate video monitors, the faces of the artists are periodically illuminated by the light of a match, whose brief, dwindling flame allows each protagonist a finite moment to conjure a fragment of cinematic narrative; read aloud, as if in sleepless vigil, from a seemingly inexhaustible sheaf of papers.

DVD produced as part of Film and Video Artists on Tour, supported by Arts Council England with National Lottery funds. Video editing by Imogen Stidworthy.

The touring exhibition Closing/close by (2000) was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, in association with Open Eye, Liverpool and Spacex Gallery, Exeter. Funded by the Arts Council of England.

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