The Slow-Wave is a screen and performance lecture on Confession, which takes the form of a power-point illustrated talk interrupted with screenings of artists’ videos. Developed in conversation with Alex Hetherington, from an invitation to give an artist’s talk as part of his Modern Edinburgh Film School project, it provided an opportunity for me to address aspects of artists’ research-based practices and their (artists and research practices) relationship to academic research.
The Slow-Wave stems from my paper titled ‘Aspects of the Confessional’ (2013), written in consideration of Dr. Liz Stanley’s article The Epistolarium: On Theorizing Letters and Correspondences, (Auto/Biography, 2004) and how Dr. Stanley’s evaluations of letter-writing might lend themselves to re-thinking time-based artworks, and illustrated in particular with works by Helen Chadwick and Sophie Calle. In The Slow-Wave, the presentation framework is interrupted with moving image works (by Katherine MacBride and Chris Dyson, Mark Chapman, Lyndsay Mann) to advance ideas from the text in tangential and expansive ways. These videos crucially are not illustrations of the written but provide counter-points, of immersion and reflection, to the lecture format.
‘Designed as an observation on Mann’s current work and research The Slow-Wave, a talk and film screening, draws on aspects of the confessional in artists moving image through mediations between character, narrative, the theatrical, and the intimate. It traces a number of conversations on Mann’s work and her sensitive and meticulously drawn approaches to the text, screen, performance and sculptural forms.
The Slow-Wave refers to a sleep state that consolidates memory, it is also the stage where sleepwalking, including the performance, or gesturing, of simple everyday tasks, repetitive actions and spoken utterances, is most likely to take place.’ Modern Edinburgh Film School, May 2013.
Illustrated works: Piss Flowers, Helen Chadwick, 1992; Take Care of Yourself, Sophie Calle, 2007 / Screened works: You Are What you Think about Most of the Time, Katherine MacBride and Chris Dyson, 2012 (9:14); Trans, Mark Chapman, 2012 (7:23), 60 seconds the release, Lyndsay Mann, 2013 (1:00).
My sincere thanks to Katherine, Chris and Mark for the use of their works in this project.