LAST thursdays is an ongoing series of movie nights, presenting screen based work by emerging visual artists.
OPEN / 6:30pm through 8:30pm thursday the 28th of september 2017
east brisbane exhibition space / 41 latrobe street, east brisbane
angela goh / scum ballet, the movie
2017, single-channel video with sound, 17 minutes 47 seconds
'scum ballet, the movie' is a film produced by sydney based dancer and choreographer angela goh while in residence at campbelltown arts centre during a creative development for a commissioned dance piece called 'scum ballet'. considered less a film reproduction of 'scum ballet' and more a sister piece to the dance, 'scum ballet, the movie' inherently shares fundamental similarities with the dance whilst possessing her own personality, dreams and secrets. the video work was filmed over the course of an evening between rehearsals.
"but it didn't feel like a giggly slumber party. it was like opening a portal to a mystical, strange place, which felt a little bit dangerous, but also very comforting. very full and very empty at the same time. we woke up in the morning like, what happened? and went back to rehearsing the dance".
made in collaboration with and featuring: eugene choi, ellen davies, verity mackey and ivey wawn.
for more on this artist >>> angela-goh.com
jd reforma / coconut republic
2017, single-channel video with sound, 8 minutes 32 seconds
coconut republic is a single-channel video consisting of footage cut from various hollywood-produced films whose narratives take place in various foreign zones of conflict, but have actually all been filmed in the philippines. it reflects on the colonisation enacted by cultural spaces such as cinema.
jd reforma / confidently beautiful, with a heart
2017, single-channel video with sound, 8 minutes 9 seconds
in the main question round of the 2015 miss universe competition, the american host steve harvey posed to the contestant from the philippines, pia alonzo wurtzbach this question: ‘earlier this year there was a controversy in the philippines about the united states reopening a military base in your country. do you think the united states should have a military presence in your country?’ she responded, breathlessly, ‘i think that the US and the philippines has always had a good relationship with each other. we were colonised by the americans and we have their culture in our traditions even up to this day and i think that we’re very welcoming with the americans and i don’t see any problem with that at all.’ later, when asked to stake her claim to the crown, wurtzbach declared, 'i want to show the world - the universe, rather - that I am confidently beautiful, with a heart': an eloquent and perhaps strategic appropriation of the miss universe organisation’s motto, 'confidently beautiful’. the final moments of the pageant became a globally televised spectacle, live from the planet hollywood resort & casino in las vegas. after announcing before a crowded auditorium that miss colombia ariadna gutiérrez was the winner, steve harvey reemerged, chastened, to confess a mistake: he had misread the results, and miss philippines pia alonzo wurtzbach was miss universe 2015. dethroned, de-crowned, and still clutching the largest bouquet on the stage, gutiérrez wept amongst a crowd of consolers. the miss universe pageant functions here as a microcosm of international politics and relations, a cipher for addressing issues arising from the long-standing colonial relationship between the united states and the philippines. a trump co-owned institution from 1996 – 2015, the pageant’s resonance is particularly ominous in the current context. wurtzbach’s enthusiastic opinion on the continued american military presence in the philippines reveals the competition as a platform for western democracy, as well as an instrument of american doctrine and diplomacy. commissioned by mosman art gallery for the bayanihan philippine art project, confidently beautiful, with a heart, 2017, distills and reframes these events. it explores the context of this formerly trump-owned institute in the context of a very trumpian reality. what did miss philippines's win signify for the country, the world, or the universe?
for more on this artist >>> jdreforma.com
angela goh, scum ballet, the movie, video still, 2017
jd reforma, confidently beautiful, with a heart, documentation of video installation, 2017