Phillipe Parreno installation in London

An audiovisual installation at the Serpentine Gallery in London, part of Paris-based Parenno’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Interesting use of locational sound with speakers placed behind the screen so that sounds actually come from the direction of the on-screen objects.

Some of the work I found interesting, but some less so. I felt the work lacked narrative and struggled to engage the audience. Another interesting point is that one of the films was a digital version of an old film made by the artist, however, the artist chose to digitise the film by projecting the original film and recording it on his cellphone, rendering it grainy and pixelated.

Even though I teach art subjects and have an appreciation of many types of art, I still find most video-art uncompelling and often unfathomable. Sometimes I look at a single painting or photograph and find it difficult see meaning behind the image, so I struggle with 25 frames per second. I wonder if many will struggle to grasp meaning in the new and emerging artworks that will result from the combination of Internet and digital technologies, crowdsourcing, collaboration and interactivity.

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About colinmaxwell

Creative Industries lecturer. Photographer, designer, game developer, film maker. Scotland.
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4 Responses to Phillipe Parreno installation in London

  1. Jim says:

    I love your header image, gorgeous. If I was filming an Edgar Allen Poe story, that would be the aesthetic!

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