Delay brings together a body of work that explores notions of escape and withdrawal as personal acts of alterity and non-participation that carry political potential. The exhibition will consist of a constellation of elements that revolve around a film titled, I Go Further Under. The visitor will be invited to negotiate a dense, at times claustrophobic, exhibition environment where they will encounter video projection, objects, text-based correspondence and photographic images.
The film: I Go Further Under, suggests a space in which the viewer is seduced into a landscape of isolation, paranoia and surveillance. The film focuses on a specific island off the South coast of Tasmania, which reveals itself to be a space of entrapment; a place where psychological and physiological experiments are enacted; and a place with the possibility for escapism.
The exhibition will weave together ambiguous characters, conscious landscapes, imaginary bodies and slippery realities to explore the fundamental yet conflicted human preoccupation with escape. It will unpack experiences of detachment, isolation, insanity and severance, and in the process ask us to follow the hesitations and fragility of leaving here and going elsewhere, away from North, deep into the idea of South.
Opening hours during Dark Mofo: Daily 10.30 – 5pm
Normal opening hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 5pm
The film I Go Further Under runs for 62 minutes
Screenings commence at:
During festival: 11.00am, 12.30am, 2.00pm, 3.30pm
Normal hours until 15 July: 12.30pm, 2.00pm. 3.30 pm
In conjunction with this project CAT has produced an episode of their podcast, What are you looking at? which explores the underlying narrative of truth and fiction through the lens of Jane Cooper’s story and the making of I Go Further Under.
About the artist:
James Newitt is an artist based in Hobart, Tasmania and Lisbon, Portugal. He has been awarded international studio residencies in Los Angeles and Liverpool, UK through the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon. In 2010 he won the City of Hobart Art Prize and in 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award.
James has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Europe and Australia such as: 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney (2017); AR Sólido, Lisbon (2016); Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2015); the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Lumiar Cité, Lisbon (2013); the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); the Tarra Warra Museum of Art, (2012); Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart (2011); The Gallery of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (2010); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010). James is a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts.
Delay is presented in partnership with Dark Mofo 2018, and has been developed with support from contemporary art Tasmania, Dark Mofo And GASP (Glenorchy Art And Sculpture Park). The Film, I Go Further Under, was initially developed as part of the GASP Swimmable Project 2015-2017.