WALKING AFTER ACCONCI (REDIRECTED APPROACHES)
SINGLE CHANNEL 16:9 SD VIDEO WITH SOUND. 24 MINUTES (2005)
Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) references Vito Acconci’s performance video Walk-Over (Indirect Approaches) from 1973. Both feature a young man approaching and walking away from a front-facing camera that has been positioned where a letterbox may be found on the door of an apartment.
WALKING AFTER ACCONCI (PRODUCTION STILL)
The performer in Forsyth & Pollard’s piece is musician and actor Ben Drew, who paces the length of the corridor, talking as if to an ex-lover. The artists worked closely with Drew to update Acconci’s script, while visually adopting the style and aesthetic of contemporary urban music videos. Shot in a single take with a static camera, to further enhance the look of the video the artists worked with Marcus Timpson, an award-winning colourist widely known for his work on music videos for The Streets.
Drew here makes his first appearance on screen. He has since gone on to great acclaim as a musician, under his recording name of Plan B (signed to 679 Recordings), and as an actor, appearing in films such as Adulthood and, alongside Michael Caine, in Harry Brown.
The resulting film is a combination of reconstruction and revision, a double-take, a superimposition paralleling two eras, two forms of cultural expression and two dialogues; the dialogue with the Acconci piece and the dialogue with the camera – the viewer, you.
“Ultimately, Walking After Acconci is more than just a dialogue between two art works; intense, confrontational and compelling, it leaves the viewer who commits to watching it all the way through, tense, nervous and drained: its power is experiential as well as referential.” Marie-Anne McQuay
Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) was exhibited for the first time during Forsyth & Pollard’s first solo show at Kate MacGarry.