6 Jun 2013

David Rosetzky: How to Feel

David Rosetzky, How to feel, 2011, video still, Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

David Rosetzky
How to Feel

August 9 – September 25 2012

One of Australia's most celebrated and internationally acclaimed artists David Rosetsky will present a new, cinema-scale video project in ACCA’s exhibition hall from August 9th.

How to feel brings together a diverse group of people in what appears, loosely, to be a study of a studio-based therapy and exercise workshop. Over the course of a single day, confidences are shared, personality traits discussed and reflected upon, and repressed emotions and vulnerabilities revealed.

In this new work, commissioned by ACCA, Rosetzky subverts the confessional, reality TV and Facebook cultures. Intimate revelations are performed and repeated by the ensemble, thwarting the idea of a ‘true’ individual self and regular assumptions about age, gender, sexual orientation and physical appearance.

Rosetzky has worked with a team of professional actors, a choreographer, dramaturg, cinematographer and sound designer for this new project, which reflects on current shifts in social relations, between public and private and on and away from the screen, in our highly individualized society. " How To Feel provides an insightful portrait of a more relative, fractured and proliferating self, acutely affected by our environment and the people that surround us,” says co-ordinating curator Charlotte Day.

Born in 1970, David Rosetzky creates skillfully crafted video portraits in which identity is intimately observed. With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, Rosetsky was founding member of the influential artist-run space 1st Floor and one of the first local artists to embrace the aesthetic potential of video in the contemporary art context.

Rosetzky’s 2009 video portrait of Cate Blanchett was selected to be exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography in New York and Open Air: Portrait in Landscape, at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. He has exhibited in museum exhibitions in Canada, Lithuania, Japan, Berlin and Wellington and awarded the Anne Landa Art Award from the AGNSW in 2005. He has been Artist in Resident at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand.

How to feel, 2011. Cast: Elizabeth Nabben, Stephen Phillips, Nicole Nabout, John Shrimpton, Yesse Spence, Miles Szanto.
Dramaturg: Margaret Cameron. Choreographer: Stephanie Lake, Cinematographer: Katie Milwright. Sound design and composition: J.David Franzke.

David Rosetzky’s How to feel will show alongside Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s …and Europe will be stunned, from August 9 to September 25, 2011.

David Rosetzky’s How to Feel has been supported by King & Wilson.

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