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This publication is a 65-page critical reader that accompanies and addresses the exhibition Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory held in Spring 2012; it is the second title in a new series called Power Plant Pages. The reader includes reproductions of the works in the exhibition, an annotated script from There Will Be _, as well as new texts by film/video programmer, Eli Horwatt; curator at Tate Modern in London, Mark Godfrey; and a curatorial introduction by Melanie O’Brian.
Contextualizing a new project through a selection of past works, the exhibition Speak, Memory offers insight into Tribe’s ongoing interest in memory and the history and apparatus of film. Engaging image, text and sound, Tribe’s work considers cognition, typically revealing its content through a kind of structural storytelling. Often working with multiple projections and timed loops, her use of the literal mechanics of the moving image suggests that the medium is capable of mirroring processes of comprehension, memory and doubt.
Seeing its Canadian premiere here at The Power Plant, Tribe’s new project There Will Be (2012) is a film that approaches the history of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. In the late 1920s, the owner of the mansion and his personal assistant were found murdered on-site. The investigation ended abruptly and a cover-up was suspected. The family eventually moved out and by the 1950s the house was a regular Hollywood filming location. Shot on location at the mansion, Tribe’s work uses actors in 20s costume to perform diverging accounts of the events leading up to the murder. All of the dialogue is appropriated from scenes of feature films that have been shot at the mansion. Although these lines are restaged and taken out of their original narrative context, Tribe’s work evokes a sense of familiarity or déjà vu.
Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory features an arresting silk-screened cover with French flaps and elegant duotone interior designed by Sameer Farooq of New Ink.
Author(s): Eli Horwatt, Mark Godfrey, Melanie O'Brian
Publisher: The Power Plant
Illustrations: 65-page duotone interior with silk-screened cover
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