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Narrative Against Itself

Justine McDonnell


Contributors

Clare Gormley - Curator/Commissioner

Synopsis

'Narrative Against Itself' 2017, responds to the film 'We Speak Silent' (1975) written and performed by Avant-Garde & American poet Hannah Weiner. This work featured as part of 'We Speak Silent' Curated by Clare Gormley, an exhibition exploring the performative and political dimensions of speech and language.

Concept & Technique

'Narrative Against Itself' responds to the film We Speak Silent (1975) written and performed by Avant-Garde & American poet Hannah Weiner. Composing fictional dialogue scripts, I assume the position of Hannah in conversation with her former self whilst situating myself as the narrator. In some moments, the failings of language are made explicit, speech becomes broken, words malfunction, meaning is lost or hidden. The work was installed in Pssquared, Belfast gallery’s window space, with a black theatre curtain backdrop. The Tannoy speakers installed on the buildings external wall played out on to the street to test and rupture an everyday encounter with a public space.

Screenings

2017- Pssquared, Belfast
2020- Stabilimento Ostiense Festival, Rome
Details
Title

Narrative Against Itself

Year

2017

Genres

Autobiography

Topics

Arts

Key phrases

code, poems, speech, poetry, feminist, communication, language, rhythm, linguistic, forms, political, dimensions, performative

Language

English

Duration

10:29:00 (looped)

Original formats

HD

Screening formats

HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Mixture

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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