Marion Kalmus
Brief description of the work:
Installation based on endurance performance
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Facing pairs of surveillance mirrors. Reflective/ transmissive projection screen. 9 minute cycle, constructed from 35mm transparencies. Animated in the gallery by a computer controlling three still-image projectors.
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
1995. Filmed in the Simpson Desert, Australia. Installation shown at Tate Liverpool; Chapter, Cardiff and Oriel 31, Powys. The Tate Liverpool.
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
Audience can view the documentation of a past action
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Deserter was commissioned by Chapter, Moviola and Oriel 31 for Video Positive '95 and subsequent touring. Sponsors and funding bodies who assisted in this exhibition include the Arts Council of England, The Arts Council of Wales, First Image & Snappers Limited, The Screen Company and Isco-Optic GmbH. Travel and location costs were supported by The Nicholas and Andrei Tooth Scholarship 1994.
Floorplan, scheme:

The Tate Gallery Liverpool
Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Key theme(s):
Intense engagement with a body; endurance
Further context:
"I use digital technologies, sound and light projection to create cinematic, painterly installations in unusual spaces. These vast scale, site-specific works are complemented by my intimate performance and photographic gallery works. My work is about insignificant heroism: perseverance in the face of disappointment and mortality, about how all living is mundane and profound and about the joys and failures of communication."