Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno

The first output from research into small region in southern Italy (Molise) and the notion of witness, memory and timelessness. A Hi-Definition Video installation that exploits the super-real photographic quality of the form. The work is shown on an LCD panel inset into a wall as though it is a scene through a window. The scene of rooftops and a church in the foreground appears to be still, but slight movements of distant cars, people and birds reveal that time is passing. Church bells may be heard at first in the distance and then nearer until the bells in the middle of the scene swing and peal. The work explores the slowly changing pace of life and the title refers to the time base and the pejorative term given to the ‘lazy’ south of Italy. The work’s motifs are Time, Memory and Identity. Each of the works in the exhibition addressed Time in one aspect or another, each suggesting routes travelling backwards through time and the possibility of a return, to re-view and re-experience in order to make meaning afresh. “Filmed in the town of Venafro, in Molise, Quattro Minuti di Mezzogiorno (2010, employs a fixed camera position which at first frustrates before revealing the very immediacy of its story. At the announcement of midday, the many church bells of Venafro compete in succession for almost 240 seconds and we realise that we can no longer trust technologies as there is in fact, no single moment of midday.” D MacKenna. This output led directly to further studies in 2012 and will culminate in 2013 with further research supported by an RSE Caledonian European Fellowship Sep- December 2013.

Elaine Shemilt
‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’
Detail of Video Installation of ‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’ by Elaine Shemilt and Stephen Partridge
2010
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Elaine Shemilt
‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’
Photograph of Video Installation of ‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’ by Elaine Shemilt and Stephen Partridge
2010
© Cultural Documents

Elaine Shemilt
‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’
Photograph of Video Installation of ‘Quattro Minuti Di Mezzogiorno’ by Elaine Shemilt and Stephen Partridge
2010
© Cultural Documents