mumok

James Coleman

Lapsus Exposure

16 Nov 2019 - 30 Aug 2020

© James Coleman
Lapsus Exposure, 1992–1994
mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Leihgabe der Österreichischen Ludwig-Stiftung seit 2005
JAMES COLEMAN
Lapsus Exposure
16 November 2019 - 30 August 2020

Curated by Matthias Michalka

The slide and audio installation Lapsus Exposure addresses communication, subjectivity, and the use of media. A key question concerns the significance of the chosen medium for our understanding of what we see. In his large slide projection, Irish artist James Coleman shows a studio situation that seems to be prepared for filming or fashion photography. The overlapping images of the slide show are accompanied by a multi-layered and intriguing voiceover. Gradually, various characters appear in the photographs, perhaps musicians in contemporary but somehow not quite up-to-date outfits, or production personnel. The relationship between past and present is raised by the non-linear narrative on the soundtrack, which is in the tradition of experiments with language in the style of James Joyce or Samuel Beckett. Complex relations between the protagonists are alluded to, with references to recorded and live performances, while allegories of analogue and digital photography are presented.