DUNCAN WHITLEY: THINGS FALL APART
16 March, 7-9pm, Whitechapel Gallery, London
NEW STUDIO founder Poppy Bowers will introduce an evening of sound and film by British artist Duncan Whitley at Whitechapel Gallery, including the premiere of his most recent film Things Fall Apart, 2017, followed by a Q&A session between Duncan and filmmaker Lucy Harris.
Things Fall Apart is a part-fictional, part-documentary film following the recent grassroots protests of Coventry City Football Club supporters. The film depicts a disenfranchised community and a local battle for the intangible values of place, identity and belonging, in which a major international hedge fund appears to hold the cards.
Ideas around communities, place and memory are traced through a selection of sound and audiovisual works by Whitley, including the first UK screening of Entre Naranjos y Cal, a film set in Seville exploring the expression of presence and absence through flamenco song in the city's major fiesta, the Semana Santa.
Duncan Whitley (b.1974) is a visual artist and sound recordist, working at the intersections of contemporary visual and sound art, socially-engaged practice and sensory ethnography. He has presented site-specific projects, audiovisual and sound installations in the UK and Europe, including Writing of Stones, b-side Festival (2014); Sbarbi's Arrow, Soundfjord, London (2013); G. D. Parada, Serralves Museum, Porto (2010). He has presented live sound and screenings at venues including Café OTO, London; Chateau Morimont, France; Galerie On, Poland; Slade Research Centre, London; Stroud Valley Artspace, Gloucestershire; Tate Modern, London; Museo de Bellas Artes, Argentina; Centro de Arte Experimental UNSAM, Argentina, and Whitstable Bienale. He has worked in an ethnomusicological context in Seville for over 10 years, working with the collaboration of a number of flamenco singers in the city. His work is supported by the Platform for Contemporary Flamenco Studies in Seville, and a permanent collection of his field recordings is held at the British Library.