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Nick Jordan

*1967 lives and works in Manchester GBR
Studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University GBR, at the Nottingham Trent University GBR and at West Sussex College of Art GBR


Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Zaragoza Environmental Film Festival, Saragossa ESP
         Offsite, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea GBR

2011 The London Underground Film Session, The Horse Hospital, London GBR
         Mohegan Lake Film Festival, New York, USA

2010 Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan Retrospective, Cinephilia, London Short Film Festival, London GBR [S]

         A Secret Understanding, Balaklava Odyssey 2010, Crimea UKR

2009 Documenta Madrid, Academia de Cine, Madrid ESP

         Cannes Short Film Corner, Festival de Cannes FRA

2008 West Point and New Madrid, Bird Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester GBR [S]

         Director's Lounge, Filmtheater Scala, Berlin (C&J)




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Fury, 2003, 5:00 min, sound, colour [VIDEONALE.10]

Views of a French village prelude the film and lead over to an interior space with a woman sitting at an open window. This classically composed "view from a window" alternates with close-up shots of flies who swarm about among the kitchen utensils upon the table. Their fellow species-members are already stuck dead upon the fly swatter. The camera shows right up close the struggle for survival of the last twitching flies, whose oversized representation induces repugnance as well as a certain attraction. Both responses are effects of the quiet, contemplative images. The close-ups reveal even more about the seemingly inappropriate title: Fury is simply the brand of the insect trap. Everyday life is the point of departure and also the contents of the work. The effect of the formal realization is the aestheticization of the everyday scenario as well as of the loathsome, morbid aspect. The flies´ corpses and the sleeping woman call up associations of death which may be pursued further through the presence of iconographic set pieces such as the basket of fruit as a still life and vanitas motif. Among the references to cinematic practice is the visual "dissection2 of the moving picture into a sequence of individual images: 2The stillness of cinema at 24 frames per second," comments the artist in reference to Godard´s remark: "Cinema is truth 24 times a second."

Stefanie Zobel


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let the user speak next, 2006, 10:00 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.11]

In Let the user speak next, Nick Jordan takes the viewer with him on his exploration of a very special place: the Dominican monastery of La Tourette near Lyon. The title refers to a book by the architect Le Corbusier, who designed the modernist building according to his "Modulor" system. In Modulor 2 [La parole est aux usagers, 1955], Le Corbusier explains how to apply his doctrine of proportion, based on anthropometry and the Golden Section, with which he tried to create an architecture with both human dimensions and an objective order. In Jordan?s images, the cubic building evokes a cool, hermetic and deserted impression, with only the narrow window slits and small holes in the bare concrete walls connecting us to what´s inside. From the interior comes a magnetic white noise, which increasingly mixes with the sounds of birds gathering on a tree outside the monastery walls. The outside world is all the more colourful when seen from within the building, the bright blue sky and the glowing red blossoms of the trees forming a stark contrast with the sallow grey of the concrete whose few touches of warmth come from small windows in primary colours. Nick Jordan documents here a compelling encounter with an icon of modern architecture, which both stands out like a solitary accent from its surroundings and yet attains a harmony with nature.

Tina Rehn