Consequence of Retrospect
7 May – 4 June 2011
Trade Gallery, Nottingham
Curated by Bruce Asbestos
Taking a selection of video artworks from the last seven years of collective practice the exhibition Kihlberg & Henry : Consequence of Retrospect; draws together a series of artworks that use cinematic devices, forms and structures as departure points for exploring relationships between the viewer and the (moving) image.
Specifically, in each piece of work in the exhibition, one or more crucial cinematic device is missing, replaced, or used within an unfamiliar context. With cinematic reality and imagination somewhat undone, the structure is laid bare, reminding us that the seductive power of cinema is reliant on the complete collaboration of all of its devices. By their nature these works are consequences of retrospective activity, edited and arranged after the fact, to form some coherent, or intentionally incoherent sense in relation to familiar modes and forms of films. It is within this seductive language that a number of different themes are smuggled; the reliability of documentary video, the intimidating power of high culture, the behavioural science of meeting new people and the condition of the film in the memory of the viewer, to name a few. In all of these subjects lies a questioning of the formal and social norms of viewership, and what is expected both of the viewer and producer.