Children help us mediate between the ideal and the real. - Juliet Kinchin

In this multi-channel video exhibition, children are the common subject and mechanism for skillfully deconstructing identity, philosophy, memory, and social institutions. Six artists from six countries have created humorous, critical and poignant works that challenge preconceptions and disrupt assumed or sentimental narratives. Again and again we are confronted with imaginative beings who ponder big, existential questions, who long for ideas, who have the inherent qualities needed to reveal the absurdities & deficiencies of social structures, and who challenge the limits of familial and societal bonds. Yet truth is elusive and what we see is not always what it seems. Together these works point to the possibilities, commonalities, consequences and ambiguities in constructing and reflecting the human condition.

Candice Breitz (ZA)

The Character
The Character asks to what extent our lives are scripted by outside influences. A group of school children from the Gundecha Education Academy in Mumbai discuss the attributes of the lead character from a film: a character that is never identified.
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The Character
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Candice Breitz

The Character

2011

65" LCD monitor
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Lenka Clayton (UK)

The Distance I Can Be From My Son
The suite of works in this exhibition are from this project; an attempt to objectively measure the distance the artist can be from her son in various environments. The environments themselves can be considered a series of constructed landscapes.
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The Distance I Can Be From My Son
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Lenka Clayton

The Distance I Can Be From My Son

2011

Single screen projection 160"(w) x 120"(h)
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Christian Jankowski (DE)

The Matrix Effect
The work in this exhibition pays homage to fellow artists who exhibited in the Matrix exhibitions of Wadsworth Atheneum gallery, UK. Jankowski enlisted untrained children, ages 7-10, to take on the role of these artists and act out a script generated from interviews with the Curator and Artists.
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The Matrix Effect
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Christian Jankowski (DE)

The Matrix Effect

2002



Duration– 2 min.

Installation Dimensions 69"(h) x92”(w)

Robotic Cat (altered), Plinth, Flat Screen, Digital Files, Plastic, Batteries, Rubber, LEDs, Circuit boards and chips
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Elisa Giardina Papa (IT)

need ideas!?! PLZ!!
The work in the exhibition presents a collection of You Tube excerpts from the community of users to YouTube itself : a desperate search for topics. What these youngsters feel the need for is an idea to make their videos more popular; the topic matters little, they are ready to tackle anything at all – what counts is having their own online show and making it a success.
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need ideas!?! PLZ!!
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Elisa Giardina Papa

need ideas!?! PLZ!!

2014

40" led monitor, wireless headphones, bench

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Chiharu Shiota (JP)

How Did You Come Into The World?
The video work in this exhibition was presented in Venice. The work presents very small children who talk about memories of their birth. As Frieze Magazine notes: ‘The weird precision of their answers was arresting’. Japanese and German with English subtitles.
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How Did You Come Into The World?
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Chiharu Shiota

How Did You Come Into The World?

2015

4 led monitors


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Kerry Tribe (US)

Here & Elsewhere
The work in the exhibition involves a conversation between a father and his ten year old daughter Audrey. He is off camera; she answers his questions on time, memory, representation and identity. Inspired by a film from Jean-Luc Godard the two-channel video work can be seen as a response to the cinéma verité (cinema of the real) tradition.
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Here & Elsewhere
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Kerry Tribe

Here & Elsewhere

2002

2 screen projection
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