February 9, 2010

Charlie Murphy: The Anatomy of Desire

Arts University Bournemouth
Charlie Murphy
‘First Kisses’ installation at Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth 2008
The Anatomy of DesireThe Anatomy of Desire

Now realized as a powerful installation of illuminated sculptures and video, this work will present an extraordinary survey of the kiss and a fascinating perspective on the hidden forms and of desire.

“Kissing one another is as much birth as mourning in a way, but it is a path that can lead us to what would be eternity, a shared eternity.” [Luce Irigaray]

Set to an experimental soundtrack, Murphy’s mesmerizing video also offers a unique insight into the act and dynamics of the kiss, while the sound of kissing is conceptualized through percussive, electronic and choral instrumentation by emerging composer Jorge Queijo.

The accompanying publication explores issues of desire and the problems of representation and language to describe these experiences. Specially commissioned texts, ‘The Archive of Imaginary Interiors’ by artist and writer, Alistair Gentry; ‘Towards the Sharing of an Invisible Touch’ by Feminist and Cultural Theorist, Luce Irigaray; and ‘On Kissing’ by New York-based sexologist, Leonore Tiefer complete the text+work project.

Exhibition Event: Friday 12 February 2010, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Charlie Murphy will present a short artist talk about The Anatomy of Desire, followed by a live performance of the commissioned score by Jorge Queijo accompanied by musicianTara Franks.

A book launch and reception will be held in the Gallery from 8.00pm. A bus will run from Bournemouth train station to the text+work Gallery at 6pm and will return to Bournemouth train station for 9pm.

Charlie Murphy (MA RCA) is an artist currently based in London, UK, whose work includes photography, sculpture, video and participatory events. Her work has been presented in numerous galleries, museums, and art galleries, both in the UK and internationally, including the Venice Biennale 2005 and Tate Modern. She is based at ACAVA studios, London, and has been an ArtSway Artist Associate since 2003.

The Anatomy of Desire is a text+work, the Arts University College at Bournemouth exhibition and publication, supported by a GFA ACE award and ArtSway Artist Associates programme, funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

For media enquiries please contact Violet McClean, Senior Gallery Officer: [email protected] / +44 (0)1202 363351

This e-flux is supported by the ArtSway Associates scheme. Charlie Murphy is an ArtSway Associate.

Complementing ArtSway’s exhibition residency and commissioning programme, ArtSway Associates aims to provide legacy support for a selection of artists who have previously undertaken residencies at ArtSway. ArtSway Associates is ArtSway’s continuing professional development programme for ten artists who have previously undertaken an ArtSway residency. The programme offers critical support, advocacy, training and seed funding for creative activity over three years. ArtSway Associates is financially supported by The Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council England.

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