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Stutter and Twitch

Diorama with two chickens with word

Works by:

Yael Bartana, Johanna Billing, David Claerbout, Nancy Davenport, Adad Hannah, Kristan Horton, and Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

Stutter and Twitch

May 8–June 29, 2008

Curated by Chen Tamir

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Stutter and Twitch brings together a group of seven artists based in Canada, the US and Europe, whose work explores the qualities of stillness and suspense in filmic motion. Their works break down linear time by “stopping” action. Like stutters, the works in this exhibition perpetuate disruption across time. They make “ongoing” pauses, introducing breaks that also sustain activity.

Dwelling on the unattainable desire for stasis and halting change, the artists’ works seek to avoid the trauma and stress that change may generate. With frozen or barely animated images, many of the works hang in a limbo between stillness and motion. They push boundaries of form between video, film, and photography, examining stasis and paused situations from the point of view of social and metaphoric meanings. Their interrupted cinema frustrates the viewer’s expectation of linear narrative.

Rather than approaching frustration as negative, Stutter and Twitch presents the condition of stasis as an arena of possibility. The works in the exhibition focus on the pause by arresting development and halting a system in flux. They expose the foundations on which the structure relies. They challenge the expectation of time, linearity and continuity when their elements are jarred to a stop.

Opening Reception

Thursday May 8th, 2008, 5pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery


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We gratefully acknowledge the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Title Image: Installation view of Stutter and Twitch, 2008. Yael Bartana, Trembling Time, 2001. Video projection. 6:20 min.

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