A Coincidence of Space (1977)
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Year: 1977Original formats:
3/4" U-Matic Lo BandMedia types:
VideoType of work:
Funding source: Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council
First exhibited: 'Paris Biennalle', Palais des Tokyo, Paris, France 1977
Technical details: 2 channel, 10 x monitors shot on the Rivers Thames and Seine. PAL and SECAM masters for respectively Thames and Seine tape masters. One of the first works in Colour by a UK artist
‘I was commissioned by the Paris Biennalle des Jeunes and the British Council to make an installation. They also chose “Stuart Marshall and many up-and-coming artists from Europe and the USA, including Marina Abramovic, and Laurie Anderson. I decided to make a work which used the rivers of London and Paris. Shooting on the Thames proved to be rather difficult as the Crown ‘owns’ the skyline of London! On the Seine a young artist from New York acted as my assistant – John Sanborn, who had been working a lot with Nam June Paik, and was obviously to become a very significant artist and later director. Mine and Stuart Marshall’s pieces were the largest video works shown so far in France, and equipment was very scarce. It didn’t help that, as I was to shoot half the work in Paris, I had to use their SECAM colour system and half the monitors would have to be PAL and half SECAM. In the end Sony Europe came to the rescue after some very fraught days.’ Stephen Partridge
‘A Coincidence of Space’: Bursary Application for £1,500′, by Stephen Partridge with description of ‘Interlace’, ‘Sketch for a Square’, ‘A Coincidence of Space’, C.V. to 1978 and David Cunningham’s review of ‘Dialogue for Four Players’ at Air Gallery, 18th December 1978.