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Emma Hart: TO DO 28 September–20 November 2011 | Artist’s Website


Emma Hart | TO DO 28 September–20 November 2011

Emma Hart, TO DO (detail),2011

Emma Hart, TO DO (detail),2011

Emma Hart, TO DO (detail),2011

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In a new piece for Matt’s Gallery Emma Hart calls on the potential for a camera to precipitate an event, and not simply record it. Developing previous live works into a sculptural video installation that performs itself, Hart requests the audience to do likewise: to step up, instead of hanging back in contemplation.

Fed up of producing her own works herself, Hart has made a group of assistants to help with the arduous tasks of fabrication and documentation. In a devised play of sorts, with stage directions and chorus but maybe no dialogue, the digital protagonists interact within the scenography of the everyday to a script of activating chatter. Language gets things done, as it does in the real world, but here the net output is a command of commanding, the critical exercising of power for power’s sake.

This will be Emma Hart’s first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery. A publication accompanying the exhibition co-published with The Centre for Useless Splendour at University Kingston London with text by Sally O’Reilly will be free to all gallery visitors.

Generously supported by FUJIFILM, Arts Council England, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, The Centre for Useless Splendour at the Kingston University London and The Shandy Collection.

TO DO will tour in 2012 to OUTPOST, Norwich in May, followed by CIRCA Projects, Newcastle in September.

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Biography
Born in London, 1974. Lives and works in London. Studied 2008–2011 PhD Fine Art Research Kingston University; 2002–2004 MA Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art; 1997–2000 BA (Hons) Photography Croydon College of Art, London; Solo Exhibitions and Performances 2011 Solo show, Cell Project Space, London 2010 Holes; A Lecture, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; For Arrows, The Whitstable Biennale; 2009 The Question Department, Artist's Studio, Camden Arts Centre, London; Sliding Action, Cell Project Space, London Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects 2010 Night and Day, Modern Art Oxford, London Untitled Seven,with Benedict Drew, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto ; Running and Standing,with Melanie Stidolph, The Agency, London; Album, Five Years, London 2009 Untitled Six, with Benedict Drew, Performa, New York ; Outhouse, Outpost, Norwich 2008 Nought to Sixty with Benedict Drew, ICA, London; Brown Mountain Festival, Woburn Studios, London; Rules and Regs, a space, Southampton 2007 Oberhausen 53rd Film Festival,Germany; Late at Tate, Tate Britain, London; Projecktor, CG Projects, London; I can't live without, The Showroom, London; Rotterdam Film Festival, with Benedict Drew, The Netherlands; Projects and Commissions 2010 Rational Rec Collaborative Commission 2009 Point, Brent Hospital Trust, London 2008 The Emma Hart Biennale Radio Show, Resonance FM, London; Pay and Display London Awards 2010 OCAD Off Screen award with Benedict Drew, Toronto; Bloomberg New Contemporaries


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Bibliography
Publications and Catalogues Forthcoming Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance and Film, edited by Steven Ball, David Curtis, A.L.Rees, Duncan White ; 2010 Bloomberg New Contemporaries[exhibition catalogue] edited by Eileen Daly and Rebecca Heald; 2008 Nought to Sixty [exhibition catalogue] edited by Mark Sladen, Richard Birkett and Isla Leaver-Yap Reviews and Articles 2010 The Artist as Artist, Dean Kenning, Art Monthly; 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival Review, Ian White, Art Review;


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