SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS GALLERY, as part of the group show sic (but true), 24/4/02 - 31/5/02
1989 is a CD-ROM artwork that uses photographic images and super 8 footage retrieved from the archive some twelve years after their creation. Primarily shot in November and December 1989 around a stretch of the Berlin Wall near the Brandenburg Gate, the work also includes snippets of contemporary news footage. The result is an elegy to the twentieth century: a conversation with history that privileges memory - not just a memory of events but a slippery field of relations and drives. Images bump into one another and dissolve into nothing, seemingly random details appear from the depths to be subsumed again. The past becomes something no so much to be re-presented as to be drifted through.
To view a screen grab from 1989 or an installation shot of "its 1989 ok" click on an image below.