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David Phillips & Paul Rowley [Videonale.10]

David Phillips
* 1970 in Memphis, Tennessee USA, lives in New York USA
Studied at Washington and Lee University, Lexington USA and at Temple/Tyler School of Art in Rome ITA

Paul Rowley
* 1971 in Dublin IRL, lives in Dublin IRL and New York USA
Studied at Trinity College Dublin IRL, at College of Marin, San Francisco USA

Exhibitions [selection]:

2011 Local Time. LAX Airport Los Angeles USA

        Berlin Film Festival

2010 Pompidou Centre, Paris FRA

        Solas Nua, Washington USA

2009 Surface Noise. Void, Derry IRL

        Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen GER

2008 Beijing Art Museum, Beijing CHN

        Competitive Landscapes, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York USA

2007 Gravity Loop. Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle IRL und Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA


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Security Fugue, 2004, 4:00 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.10]

The compositional principle of the fugue is based on the connection between repetition and variation. Phillips and Rowley take this term as a metaphor for the well-practiced, constantly repeated and only slightly changing rescue-mechanisms of a society in search of security and protection. The visual material and parts of the acoustics were not created by the artists but were only edited by them. Instead, they are taken from the fund of American (film) history. Designed for projection onto two screens, we see a rescue helicopter making a landing onto a hospital on the one side, and a shot, slightly shifted in time, of hurriedly approaching first-aid attendants on the other. The rescue procedures, so carefully calibrated in their precision and speed, are not so much contrasted as dramatized by the extreme slowing-down of the images: each movement, each millisecond counting for so much in this anonymous drama, is thrust into consciousness by slow motion. Through the meticulous rendition of each detail, the artists also play upon the psychological meaning of the English term „fugue“, which designates a lapse of memory caused by a traumatic experience. The scrupulous observation seems to be intended to work against this „blind spot“ in personal or collective remembrance.

Dorothée Brill

David Phillips & Paul Rowley [ Videonale.10 ]