Moving Images

Moving Images, held in October 2019 at Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. 

Emilie Syme-Lamont draws attention to the interstices between moments remembered and mis-remembered through these painted film stills. Taken from home videos, the images intend, through loose application of paint and 'empty' spaces on the canvas, to draw attention to moments that are lost, captured, mis-remembered or obscured in the process of recalling.

Referencing the work of Edward Muybridge and early video art Pioneer Joan Jonas, Emilie's intentions align to look closely at these past moments and more specifically to what is left out. 

 Accompanied by text of Melbourne based writer Eleni James- whose words summarise the intangible and complex nature of memory that a clear definition seems to fall short. 

MOVING IMAGES

I. That Goldfish Myth

No matter common conceptions

we aim to make their lives

interesting
poor captives

difficult to see for its difference
bubbled breath - humming, disturbing the water

in its ticklish desperate way.

II. A Collection of Things as They Seemed

All assembled, a distinctive dossier of us

emerges
written with light as if light
could penetrate stone

transform pets and party dresses
into things fixed -
remembered and revered as Tablets of Law

then later,
bloody historians revise.

III. Rearranging the Furniture

When you take the S.N.C.F
from Lourdes to Bordeaux
the carriages cleave apart like magnets

suddenly repelled

for divergence of direction on

a sick tilt

unmoored

IIII. Past continuous

A mood most skilled in

acrobatics - requires tension -

slacklines suspended
above and
below
the plot

of each tale and

show

Come curtain call

ovation, continuous

Eleni James is a writer living in Melbourne. Her work explores interior geographies and the construction of personal mythologies.