On Hoarding, Accumulating and Gifting – preview of the exhibition by Eims O’Reilly

The focal point of Second Burial at Le Blanc is a film installation depicting a ceremonial procession through Le Blanc in which locals carry a ticker tape clock on a primitive stretcher from the new part of town to the old. The clock itself is a live device and replicates the stock tickers that would print ticker tape feeds of stock data. The clock itself is physically present in Browne’s installation and, enabled by wifi, it will continue to print live conversion data until it’s impending deadline. The familial of the distinct iconography associated with the ticker tape, coupled with the foreign detachment of cultural customs demand closer inspection. The social and historical value of economy, community and tradition form a collage of an impending future, for which it provokes you to draw your own conclusions.

In addition to this there will also be a specially created newspaper which will form part of the exhibit, On Hoarding, Accumulation and Gifting… Outlined in both French and English, Browne traces key points, information and history and presents a ‘visual essay,’ a physical catalogue, a product that in itself emulates a socio-economical process. Like so much of this exhibition the paper operates on multiple levels; it signifies Browne’s methods of integrating into a community, projects a record of her work that provides narrative to a new audience and becomes a live participatory object within the installation.

There’s an amplified juxtaposition of past and present at work here. Browne’s installation is alive; the ticker is constantly updating, producing, expelling evidence of a purposeful movement, the film continually loops, the papers will be distributed through human participation. The installation is in flux, it becomes in itself a microcosm of a mode of production. Yet the individual components take on a historical significance, appearing to rest static as implied relics and signifying a soon to be departed culture, whilst the ceremony on screen projects a created past. Even the papers will eventually disappear, their purpose served. Second Burial at Le Blanc highlights the creation, manufacture and dissolution of custom and tradition within society, questions the basis of economic value and its societal role, and in turn pokes at our notions of an informed future. By inhabiting both the timescape of the past and that of a suggested ominous future, it obstinately pushes forward with the current pertinence of our own present.

Preview of the exhibition Second Burial at Le Blanc by Eims O’Reilly, Project Arts Centre blogger, here


2 Responses

  1. Dear Sarah,
    Just returned from second visit at Ikon Birmingham and read your text in the special On Hoarding, Accumulating and Gifting newspaper. Is it possible to get a digital copy of this? I am currently doing an artistic research project questioning the contemporary understanding of “organism” and your particular reference to economic thinking has not been put any more striking anywhere else.
    I would be very happy to enter into a longer dialogue with you as I can see this is part of your method but also because there are too many fascinating themes you work with which I share with passion.
    For the last 10 or so years I have been working with young people with special needs in a unique therapeutic educational organisation that has re-used a former glassworks in Stourbridge in the midlands. I have also been active in “social sculpture” which is very close to your concerns from what I can tell.
    I was also struck by your Lebensreform piece as this was my parents life and soul in Germany before and after the Nazi period.
    Kind Regards
    diogenes mock

    • Dear Diogenes,
      I only just saw this comment now, my apologies for the late reply!
      I’d be delighted to send you a pdf of the newspaper. There are some other articles linking to this idea in the ‘writing’ section of my website too, http://www.sarahbrowne.info.

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