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Screenings: Movement of People Working (1973–85)
and T H I R (1992) by Phill Niblock

21 Oct 2018, Sun 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road

Live diffusion by Phill Niblock
6.00 – 7.00pm


Movement of People Working

Movement of People Working is a series of films by Phill Niblock that portray human labour in its most elementary form—construction work, harvesting, planting and fishing, physical exertion, with the help of basic tools. The films are scenes of people in nonindustrialised communities, doing continually repeated movements of manual labour, while their faces are often kept outside the frame. They pre-announce the contradictions and paradoxes of globalisation. Made between 1973–1991, it was filmed in locations including Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, Portugal, China, and Japan.



T H I R (1992) is taken from Ten Hundred Inch Radii, the fourth and final instalment in his Environments series that started in 1968. From 1968 to 1972, Phill Niblock presented four distinct intermedia projects, titled Environments I, II, III, and IV, (some in multiple versions) within various venues in New York City. T H I R was from a performance event that incorporated over two hours of original 16mm nature footage from the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York State. This is a seminal work that incorporates a combination of multi-screen film projection, dance, 35mm colour slides, and original music (generally from tape or occasionally performed live). With T H I R, Niblock repeatedly experimented with the relationships, interactions, and hierarchies of seemingly discrete art forms in order to encourage intermedial encounters that were flexible, unstable, and structurally open.



Phill Niblock (United States) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video, and computers. Since the mid-1960s he has been making music and intermedia performances shown at numerous venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut; the Kitchen, New York; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge; World Music Institute, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Metz; and the Maerzmusik Festival, Berlin. Since 1985, he is the Director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation (EI) in New York, which he joined as member in 1968. He is the Producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1,000 performances) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. In 1993, he was part of the formation of an EI organisation in Gent, which supports artists-in-residence. Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode, VonArchive, Touch, and Extreme labels. In 2014, he was the recipient of the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. Recently, he presented films and photographs from 1970 and 1971 at Tate Modern, London, with music from the past three years.


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