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 / past / 2007-2008 / CLIVE HOLDEN: UTOPIA SUITE DISCO


Clive Holden: Utopia Suite Disco
January 30 - March 29, 2008

Artist: Clive Holden

Curator: Vicky Chainey Gagnon

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery with a financial contribution from the Canada Council for the Arts

The late seventies. What are our collective, semi subconscious, memories of that post-hippy (utopian), pre-punk (dystopian), pivotal era? And what would Thomas More have thought of us? Would he have been in mourning for the death of hippy hope? Would he be celebrating the birth of punk pragmatism? In 1977, would he have sunk into a funk, or would he have donned a white suit and learned how to dance? – Clive Holden

Clive Holden is a multi-disciplinary artist and author who works with moving images in three forms: fixed films and videos, performance and installation. Utopia Suite Disco is about dancing to the beat of our hopes and fears to create movement as both figurative and literal progress towards Utopianism. A light tent is filled with projections of utopian heroes such as JFK, Martin Luther King, John Lennon and James Joyce. A dance floor is provided for the viewer to dance to a three-part disco suite by composer Oscar Van Dillen, a Rotterdam-based composer. A special edition poster with a creative text (essay-prose fiction hybrid) with text by Clive Holden accompanies the exhibition.

Holden has exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives (New York, USA), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, Canada), le Festival Internationale du Film Art (Montreal, Canada), Kosmopolis Festa Internacional de la Literatura (Barcelona, Spain) and the Festival di Palazzo Venezia (Rome, Italy). He has lectured for Kino Arsenal (Berlin, Germany), Holland Festival (Amsterdam, Holland), and the Images Festival (Toronto, Canada). The accompanying book for Trains of Winnipeg was short-listed for both Manitoba Book of the Year and Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award in 2003.