MYTHERAPY WORKS WITH JOHN AKOMFRAH TO COMPLETE ‘THE UNFINISHED CONVERSATION’

By January 17, 2013 Installation No Comments

Mytherapy had the pleasure of working with the esteemed director John Akomfrah OBE on his latest film installation The Unfinished Conversation (2012). The 3 screen HD video installation was on display at the Liverpool Biennial in 2012 and it received rave reviews with The Guardian rating it as “The best work in the biennial” and The Telegraph describing it as “a work of real depth and imagination”. The material has now been turned into a documentary feature film, which will be screened in Sundance January 2013.

The film sees academic Stuart Hall’s memories and personal archives extracted and relocated in an imagined and different time, reflecting the questionable nature of memory itself. The theme of memory with particular reference to identity and race has been explored by John Akomfrah in his previous work; The Nine Muses (2010) and Mnemosyne (2010/11).

Akomfrah was one of the founding members of the influential Black Audio Film Collective and his critically acclaimed work includes Handsworth Songs (1987) and Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993). He received an OBE in 2008 and in March 2012 he was awarded the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award. He was a member of the Arts Council Film Committee and a Governor of the British Film Institute, he is currently a Governor of Film London and a visiting professor of film at the University Of Westminster.

Mytherapy provided the colour grade, online edit, delivery and gallery installation for The Unfinished Conversation. It is on display at the Bluecoat gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial until 25 November 2012 and at the Taipei Biennial until 13 January 2013.

Liverpool Biennial: http://liverpoolbiennial.co.uk/programmes/festivals/artists/0/4/2012/343/john-akomfrah/

Taipei Biennal:
http://www.taipeibiennial2012.org/participants/john_akomfrah

The Guardian review:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/sep/14/liverpool-biennial-2012-exhibition-space?newsfeed=true

The Telegraph Review:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/9550030/Liverpool-Biennial-2012-Where-stalkers-are-stalked-and-lifts-smash-into-the-pavement.html