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POINTS OF LIGHT

POINTS OF LIGHT

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January 15, 2020 to June 14, 2020

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal Book

From January 15 to June 14, 2020.

Points of Light brings together six works spanning almost forty years of moving image art, attesting to the range and depth of the Musée’s video collection. The selection explores the interplay between the evolving properties of the medium and the conceptual, social or psychological content of the works, between tiny pixels of light and vast zones of aesthetic and intellectual illumination.

Hito Steyerl’s essayistic, Internet-inflected, documentary-style saga of finance, combat and water, “Liquidity Inc.” sets the theatrical tone. From the fabled iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard, who has been at the forefront of the politics of cinematic form “Scénario du film Passion” is a probing philosophical inquiry that revisits the script of his own film within a film “Passion.” In the same gallery, Gary Hill’s “Loop Through” offers a double portrait of actress Isabelle Huppert, who is seen on two vertically-mounted monitors positioned to reflect the distance between the two cameras that simultaneously recorded her. Angelica Mesiti’s “Prepared Piano for Movers” (Haussmann) and Christian Marclay’s “Telephones” both playfully coax music from everyday activities. Godard’s ardent confrontation with the creative process, the struggle to fill the vertiginous void of the blank page, also animates Nelson Henrick’s “Unwriting”, a deft and rhythmic four-screen ode to making sense of the world, which beautifully explores the gaps between words, sounds and images.