Turner Prize Winner Asks For Rooms With Views

A Turner Prize Winning artist is inviting people from all over the world to get involved with a collaborative film project to be exhibited here in Brighton. A Room With Your Views will be a video installation and exhibition by Gillian Wearing, OBE. She is inviting us to film a short clip of their curtains or blind opening to reveal the view from their window. The results will be shown at the Unviersity of Brighton throughout May, in what will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Brighton and Hove. She told The Argus “It feels personal in the way that each person has approached the instrcutions to the film and universal as it unites the world in the harmonious gesture of opening the curtains, blinds, or shutters to give us a glimpse of their views. I am delighted by this opportunity to present A Room With Your Views to the House and Brighton Festival audience and hopefully the work will include some local participants’ films too”.

This photo was part of Gillian’s breakthrough piece called ‘igns that Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say’. photo:Gillian Wearing

‘House’ is a contemporary visual arts festival that takes place every May as part of festival season here in Brighton and Hove. It is currently in its eighth year and this year’s theme is ‘Home’. Anyone who wants to get involved, can get involved. Andrew Comben, the chief executive officer of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival said “we are delighted to have co-commissioned Gillian Wearing for Brighton Festival 2016. In this – our 50th year – we particularly wanted to reflect on the nature of home and place and this project does just that, providing an insight into people’s views from their windows throughout the world. I can’t wait to see the project develop and hope that the whole community will get involved by sending in their own films.” Gillian Wearing OBE is a conceptual artist and uses photography and video to explore how we present ourselves to the world. In 2007 she was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. If you want to take part in the film project all you have to do is ensure the film is static, shot in landscape and is uploaded here.



Holly Martin


feature image: David Levene for The Guardian

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