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Fiona Macdonald
From March 15th 2008 to April 19th 2008
(Re)Points of View

"(Re)Points of View" (2006-2008) is part of a larger series of works (“The Remake Project 2005– ”) in which I am investigating models of conceptual practice. It forms part of an archaeology of video practice that constructs particular models of relation—performative, spectatorial and linguistic. As the title indicates, this work is both a “remake” and a translation, reconstructing Nancy Holt’s May 1974, Points of View: Clock Tower. In the original, black-and-white video, a circular disc-like image moves across a black background while two people respond in voice-over to what they see. While retaining the rigorous, quasi-scientific and experimental quality of Holt’s piece, my version overturns and reverses its original format. The camera lens becomes the analyst while the players/subjects/actors, who were fellow artists during a Banff residency in 2006, become the analysands. "(Re)Points of View" (2006-2008) proposes that we are always translating, always negotiating between what is the major or minor language of the moment.

"(Re)Points of View" (2006-2008) is a 100-minute multi-channel DVD that features the performative contributions of Victoria Scott, Scott Kildall, Natalie Loveless, Brian Goeltzenleuchter, Deidre Logue, Brian MacNevin, Nina Leo, and Todd Macyk. Script translations by Marc Orlando.

March 13th 2008
Talk with the artist
Studio Arts Visiting Artist Program (SAVAP)
Concordia University
1395, René-Lévesque Ouest (# VA_114)

Fiona Macdonald is an artist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice embraces video and installation, photomedia and film, and she has worked collaboratively with artists, sound composers, writers and choreographers. Macdonald has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and other public galleries in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and her work has been included in Ars Electronica, ISEA and film festivals in France, Italy and the USA.