Keynote Lecture: Anna Breckon and Nat Randall

Sat 23 Mar 2019

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ACCA Foyer


Come early, before 5pm to view the work before the lecture!

Galleries open: 11:00am–5:00pm
Bar opens: 4:30pm
Lecture commences: 5:00pm

Join us in the final days of The Theatre is Lying for a unique opportunity to hear from Sydney-based collaborators Anna Breckon and Nat Randall. In this keynote lecture the duo will explore the intersection of live performance, video and film in a gallery context as they deep dive into the construction and development of their major new work Rear view 2018 commissioned by ACCA for The Theatre is Lying: The inaugural Macfarlane Commissions.

Filmmaker and writer Anna Breckon and artist and performer Nat Randall have worked collaboratively since 2014, producing works that are evocative of both the live and the cinematic, by drawing on Breckon’s history of film criticism, filmmaking and film theory, and Randall’s experience with durational models of performance practice.

Breckon and Randall’s new commission Rear view continues the artists’ interest in durational or time-based performance, while flirting with the endless representational loop of film and video art. Ostensibly a road movie with all the clichés of the genre, Rear view depicts two women on a road trip from Broken Hill to the town of Wilcannia in country New South Wales. The script is constructed from hundreds of citational excerpts from the history of Australian and Hollywood cinema in which women appear in cars, tightly framed, referencing dialogue, gesture and forms of emotional expression, and bringing together the high, low and middle in such a way that might be best described as anti-discerning, comically reflecting on post-modern taste hierarchies.

Rear view follows the success of their critically-acclaimed twenty-four-hour live performance work The Second Woman, which premiered at the 2016 Next Wave festival in Melbourne and has since been performed nationally and internationally.

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