FELTDARK: KRISTEN COLEMAN (SA) - YOU CAN SEE ME BUT I CAN'T SEE YOU
Screening from 8:00pm - Wednesday, 7th July
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 8th July 2016 - 23rd July 2016
FELTdark is viewable Wed - Sat: 6pm - 12am, Fri: 7pm - 12am
Kristen Coleman is an Adelaide based artist whose video installation practice principally considers the role of imagination and memory in the context of cinema. Using appropriated film sequences, much of her work explores the reception and experience of personal affect that is somehow tethered to the cinematic image.
You Can See Me But I Can’t See You draws away from these themes and examines the traditionally centred and distanced spectator position. Sampled from Wim Wenders’ Paris Texas, the work challenges and reverses the idea of cinematic voyeurism, an act that is inherent to the medium itself.
The predominant quality of voyeurism is that the voyeur normally doesn’t engage with the subject of their interest directly, the subject is usually unaware that they are being observed. Similarly, the conditions in which a film is screened, a darkened theatre that isolates the spectator from both screen and other movie goers, gives the illusion of looking in on a private world. In You Can See Me But I Can’t See You the viewing position becomes transposed through Natassja Kinski’s silent and relentless gaze directed straight at the spectator.