Don’t think about it
Enea Righi Collection
On display from 2005 to 2012 (April)
Douglas Gordon’s work delves into the role of memory and imagination in human behaviour, in which all action is the result of dialectics between instinct and knowledge. His field of action leads him to explore the heritage of different arts: of music, for its existence beyond physical space; of literature, for its merging of the real and the imaginary; of the cinema, for the way it links sound and vision. Within these areas his choice of sources may seem very bold, in literature he moves from the Bible to nineteenth-century Scottish tales, in the cinema from the great masterpieces which have become myths to completely unknown B-movies. The same freedom can be seen on the technical plane, where he alternates the use of films, videos, writings, installations and photographs in his work with great nonchalance. In the video Don’t Think About It, a hand repeatedly strikes the objective of the videocamera as if it were trying to resist or to eliminate something, alternating darkness and light in a visual metaphor of refusal and acceptance, of our continual forced choices between what we do or do not want to show through.
I’ve always tried to install the screens as if they were sculptures, to be able to reveal the mechanisms of vision. Perhaps it’s a way to deconstruct the magic ...
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