Being In Time : The Video Portrait In New Lands [Solo exhibition including a video installation and photographic images]
St James, Marty
Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
School of Creative Arts
Art and Design
Research into Practice
A solo art exhibition including a Video Installation consisting of 24 (framed) photographic images and a single channel video at the Redtory Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing, China. 15th June - 14th July 2012. The Redtory Gallery presents British Performance video artist Marty St James’ first exhibition in China, You, Me and It: Being in Time. In an age when we are faced with so many fleeting images of who we might be, St James’ work tries to locate a sense of being. He is interested in mapping and dreaming, but also in the performative characteristics we develop as individuals in order to cope with the world. St James suggests ‘that we all live in a type of performic interface that we present to each other and the world.’ The physical practice of movement across time and space and the notion of journey as found to be the components of a live performance are essential elements in his thinking and understanding of form. These notions of working with time, translating movement into non-static forms and vice versa, are a logical progression across his use of media, from live works to single tape videos, video portraits and digital works.