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An island, a ship, a prison

  • Slought 4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Slought is pleased to announce An island, a ship, a prison, a conversation and installation of video works by Domietta Torlasco on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 7-9pm. The event will begin with the screening of House Arrest (2015) and Sunken Gardens (2016), two videos that engage themes such as migrancy, borders, surveillance, and debt, followed by conversation with Homay King, Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. In conjunction with this event, Torlasco's work will also be continuously screened in the Slought Mediatheque from October 10-31, 2018. This program is co-presented with the Bryn Mawr College Program in Film Studies.

Combining original footage, archival clips, voice-over, and text, Torlasco's videos hover indeterminately among genres: documentary, essay, experiment, inquiry into fiction. The voices and points of view multiply: text hovers among possible meanings, subjects read aloud from documents that they may or may not have written. Questions of address and recipient are not easily resolved. The two videos in this exhibition are about seemingly divergent times and places, pre-1989 Soviet Berlin, and present-day St. Petersburg, Florida. But their juxtaposition—like the splits and conjunctions within the works—reveals unexpected points of synergy.

One of Domietta Torlasco's favored techniques is also the two-channel or split screen format, allowing for soft montage. As Torlasco puts it, "The split screen brings the spectator closer to the editing console, enabling her to engage in a more active process of comparison, association, and assemblage." Adjacent images comment upon each other in a non-negating way; the gaps between them open up pathways for associational and speculative thinking.

Later Event: October 11