MUIN

2006

Collins, Luke
Displayed on four monitors running concurrently, each 'episode' of MUIN, operates to the same formula, akin to a three part musical score, with an introduction, a refrain or chorus followed by a coda or conclusion. Interested in performance, Collins begins each 'episode' with himself, setting the scene and arranging his various props (from vegetables held in his mouth to an all in one water-proof suit), and as this preparation is being filmed, he reaches to set the self-timer on a camera. The shutter is released, leaving a momentary pause in the moving image, a snapshot before Collins relaxes his pose. The next sequence, an interlude of soft, lilting piano music follows, and the camera pans across folds of luxurious fabric, as a velvet-gloved hand caresses brightly coloured ribbons and fur. In the third and final scene the camera alternately pauses or sweeps through an anonymous hotel bedroom, an aircraft hanger or a deserted cityscape. Utilising similar strategies to big budget American television shows, Collins uses edited sequences and repetitive theme music to trigger emotive responses in the viewer. As the artist explains, 'my research was concerned with 'points of transition' between fictive and reality spaces and how these spaces are constructed and marked/signed.' Rachel Arndt
  • Artwork Details: running time: 16 minutes 13seconds running time: 3 minutes 38seconds running time: 3 minutes 38seconds running time: 4 minutes 41seconds running time: 4 minutes 16seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 1AP
  • Material description: Videos transferred to 4 DVDs
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC3/2008

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