CAM in Motion: Emily Wardill
I gave my love a cherry that had no stone, 2016
In a shipping container installed in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s garden, you can view “I Gave my Love a cherry that had no stone” (2016) by Emily Wardill. The camera follows a dancer wandering around the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation building during the night, with automated movements that dehumanise him. The camera itself becomes a ‘character’ at times, turning the dancer into a product of technology. The architecture seems lost in time. Past and future generate and haunt the present. The textures, the colours, the lighting and the way of filming make it difficult to orient ourselves or to be sure that the character is welcome.
Curator: Leonor Nazaré
Cycle of films: Is space real?
The experience and instinctive interpretation of the spaces that each of us develops – spaces we inhabit, pass through or visit – is far less objective than we might first think: it results from a point of view and an inner disposition and purpose. The three moments of this cycle of films from the CAM Collection take us from real spaces in the Foundation, seen with a new and unexpected look, to spaces of assumed reverie and strangeness, through ways of fictionalising and narrating immersion in a natural space.
- Spaces in the Foundation: The first part of this cycle takes us directly to spaces in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, as the films were made there, and have been acquired in recent years. Films: I gave my love a cherry that had no stone (2016) by Emily Wardill and Piso Térreo (2006) by Filipa César.
- Fictional approaches to nature: The second part of this cycle includes two films that relate to fictional approaches to nature. Films: Surrendering after Hamish (2004) by Bruno Pacheco and Golden Dawn (2011) by Salomé Lamas.
- The parallel worlds of the unconscious: The third part of this cycle includes two films that mark the reveries or parallel worlds that exist as we move form the conscious to the unconscious. Films: Hereditas (2006) by Vasco Araújo and Hypnotic Suggestion (1993) by Jane e Louise Wilson.
CAM IN MOTION
CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings.Learn more
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