January / February 2004

Michael Kvium and Christian Lemmerz

The Wake

January 26 - February 13

Composited stills by Dino Raymond Hansen
This immersive, time intensive, three screen, filmic project by two of Denmark's more notorious visual artists takes it's title and motives from James Joyce's, Finnegan's Wake, but paradoxically expands the open endedness of Joyce's 'stream of consciousness' approach by eliminating words entirely. The silent barrage of images as well as the duration and scale of the project give it a presence less cinematic and more akin to painting or sculpture - as something in which the viewer can immerse themselves at any point. Created in 2000, it has been exhibited primarily in Europe, and in 2001 received the London DVD Europa Award. It was most recently presented at the 2002 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.

Michael Kvium and Christian Lemmerz , have worked together on film, video, and performance projects since their days as students of the Royal Danish Academy of Art, though they each are also highly noted artists in their own right; Kvium primarily for his paintings, and Lemmerz for his sculpture.

The Wake was produced by Dino Raymond Hansen and the director of cinematography is Lars Beyer. The project was supported by the: Danish Film Institute, The Kulturbro 2000 Foundation, the Danish Ministry of Research and Information Technology, the Danish Ministry of Culture, and Malmö University. Presented in cooperation with the DCA Gallery, New York and Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen.

This exhibit was curated by Dennis O’Malley, Director, Bannister Gallery.

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