et al. Films Now Showing on Britomart Live
A pair of films by artists' collective et al. make up the latest work to be showcased at Britomart via digital art project Britomart Live. This ongoing project sees a wide range of creative film and image content beamed via digital projector onto the side of heritage building Stanbeth House.
The films, entitled ‘non-existent in the everyday world?’, are currently showing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Britomart. The two films are around 15 minutes each in duration and are playing in a continuous loop, projected onto the 18-metre by 12-metre brick wall.
In the first film, photographs of enigmatic structures and artefacts are overlaid with transparencies of quasi-scientific diagrams and drawings, while the second introduces fragments of handwritten text and sketches.
Both films draw on and send up the language and visual conventions of academic discourse and scientific investigation, in an ironic interrogation of language, consciousness and the self. The films were originally shown as part of an exhibition entitled ‘trans-cryption’ at Michael Lett, Auckland, 2011.
et al. is an anonymous artists' collective that has over the past 25 years amassed one of the most substantial exhibition records in New Zealand contemporary art. The collective’s work often investigates ideas relating to group culture and behaviour, critiquing practices such as scientific experiments, the classroom, political ideologies and religious rituals.
et al. have exhibited overseas in cities including Melbourne, Berlin, Basel and Brussels. In 2005 et al.’s ‘the fundamental practice’ was New Zealand's presentation at the 51st Biennale of International Art in Venice.
In 2004 the collective's ‘restricted access’ was awarded the Walters Prize, New Zealand's most prestigious art award, by US curator Robert Storr.
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Created 03 September 2012