Dec 16 2021
Book Launch and Panel | Godard Boomerang with Amie Siegel, Jason Simon and Caspar Stracke
Thurs | 7PM
Please join us for the US launch of Godard Boomerang, an anthology of artists’ writings in conceptual dialog with French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, edited by Caspar Stracke and published by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts / Uniarts, Helsinki (Kuva) in 2020. Stracke will be joined by artists Amie Siegel and Jason Simon to discuss Godard’s conceptual traces in contemporary art and moving image.
The publication is the outcome of a small symposium at Kuva in 2013 in which contemporary artists and curators contemplated Godardian references, influences and (re-)discoveries, centering around a set of conceptual, future-facing strategies deeply rooted in 20th Century art cinema: a particular phenomenon that Stracke designates as the “Godard Boomerang.”
Drawing from several texts included in the book, Stracke will present an introduction that considers the shared sensibilities of artists working and reflecting on Godardian Conceptualism.
Amie Siegel will screen and discuss her 2016 video essay Genealogies, in which Siegel takes the Villa Malaparte of Godard’s Le Mépris as a starting point and weaves an associative tissue of links and references by combining novels, films, images, advertising and soundtrack from multiple sources into a baroque invocation of image and artwork provenance, remake and copy.
Jason Simon will recount the 1999 exhibition I SAID I LOVE. THAT’S THE PROMISE: The TVideo politics of Jean-Luc Godard, which took place at Swiss Institute. The exhibition was curated by Florian Zeyfang and Gareth James, both of whom also contributed to Godard Boomerang, in collaboration with former SI director Annette Schindler.
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Godard Boomerang: Artists on Godardian Conceptualism
With contributions by Francois Bucher, Chto Delat, Lee Ellickson, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Mike Hoolboom, Gareth James, Nimetöna Nolla, Constanze Ruhm, David Rych, Gabriële Schleijpen, Amie Siegel, Jason Simon, Caspar Stracke, Maija Timonen, Kari Yli-Annala and Florian Zeyfang.
Edited by Caspar Stracke
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts / Uniarts, Helsinki 2020