In April, Jimmy Robert will be present at DAI. In April, Jimmy Robert will be present atDAI. Students will work in small groups to develop a script/score from the combination of the texts they produced last month. They are asked to think about how the descriptions of each other’s work they provided could become actions or a set of gestures, that can be articulated as a set of motions or dialogues (spoken text) or a combination of both. We will read two short texts: Freud’s Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through and a text on the work of Elaine Sturtevant, Inappropriate Appropriation by Michael Lobel.
Jimmy Robert works with diverse media including photography, collages, objects, art books, short films and performance. In his explorations into the relationship between images and objects, Robert draws attention to the dynamics of different surfaces. Questions of identity and its representation are his main interest, and he uses a variety of references to literature, art and music to emphasise the fragility of the materials he uses. Influenced by the Nouveau Roman genre and particularly by the novels of Marguerite Duras, Robert chooses to blur the meaning of his works. This results in subtle transitions from space to surface, from an image to its concept and from a text to an idea. These transformations of space and content are always placed in relation to the artist’s own body. In his performances Robert’s body becomes a projection surface, where the tension between the portrayal and the content reveal the relationship between appropriation and alienation.
Occupation Evacuation Transmission is a project conceived by Ian White in collaboration with Emma Hedditch and Jimmy Robert, and curated by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. Coordinated by Tanja Baudoin.