Let’s Twist Again: Song and Sound in Artists Film Installations

WOMAD Festival 2012
27-29 July 2012

Mark Dean, Alonso Gil, Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow, Lewis Klahr, Anri Sala, Semiconductor.

exhibited works:
Love Missile (7″ vs 12″)

‘Over the past 3 years WOMAD has introduced a programme of contemporary art to Charlton Park, using shipping containers as viewing stations to show the work of leading international artists. This year will be WOMAD’s thirtieth anniversary and the title for the 2012 programme of artists’ film installations, Let’s Twist Again, makes reference to this moment. With a focus on the medium which is so central to the definition of WOMAD, this selection of films looks at the ways in which artists use sound. In mainstream cinema, music is used as a conventional method of heightening dramatic effect; however, this programme considers the means by which artists employ sound as a pivotal point in the making of the work. Sound is an integral and necessary component here. The films embrace song, popular music, composed sound and even found sound in a decisive way that unlocks the narrative within each work. The title also suggests a way of looking back, reaching over time, and re-working, re-presenting material, often from another era, giving the sound a new ‘twist’ when viewed in a different visual context.’

Commissioned by World in the Park, for the WOMAD Festival. Curated by Jeni Walwin.


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