Friday 30 November Live Event : Lecture Performance & Installation
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December: Installation Exhibit
Camera and the Mirror is part of long term artistic research project WHAT DO YOU SEE? - mechanisms of the seen, which investigates the relationship between camera, performer, operator, image capture, and viewer experience.
Via the staging of a visual essay and a performative lecture, Maria Lalou will establish the role of the camera as an independent actor, demonstrating its contemporary engagement and function as opposed to seeing it as a tool to mediate the subjective view of the person behind the camera.
The camera is a remote sensing device as it senses subject without any contact. The functioning of the camera is very similar to the functioning of the human eye. History as the camera, or rather as cinema, records it, gives a relentless account of facts, moving objects, and persons, of situations, distances, light, and dark, thus recording reactions, behavior, attitudes of people in a situation.
The cinema thus also records the visions people have, their actual and virtual at the same time. Using material from her recent research on the role of the camera, Lalou will perform a live essay around the camera apparatus and its transverse point from a device to its intersubjective role in societies today, looking at the functions of cinematic mechanisms.
The material compound will include both diagrammatic drawings and video footage extracted from the research on three flms by Jean Luc Godard, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Harun Farocki, alongside her own recent flm The Dialogue (2018).
The opening event will celebrate the publication The Camera, 2018, alongside a performance element and an installation comprised of short video essays, completed as part of her residency at ISCP in New York and her on going research on ‘mechanism of the seen’, supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst in Netherlands, J.F Costopoulos Foundation & The Fulbright Foundation of Greece.