Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist who creates work that questions
the complexities of memory and perception, both from an individual and
collective position. This exhibition focuses on his major film
installation _k.364_ and marks the premiere of this work in a public
gallery in the UK.
_k.364_ features two Israeli musicians of Polish descent (Avri Levitan
and Roi Shiloah) traveling to Poland from Berlin by train. Shown on
multiple screens and with layered audio, the film follows the two men
through a desolate landscape in a country whose tragic and violent
history is barely resolved for them.
Gordon films the musicians on this personal journey, isolating
intimate moments when their passionate love of music seems to move
between them. Leaving Berlin, they first travel through Poznań, home
of the celebrated Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. The journey concludes
with the musicians’ performance, at the Warsaw Philharmonic concert
hall, of Mozart’s _Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major_ (also known
as Mozart’s _Köchel Composition k.364_, from which the title of
this piece is derived). This work is an intimate document of the
relationship between individuals and the power of music, against the
subtly drawn backdrop of a dark and unresolved social history.
This installation will occupy the entirety of Gallery 2 at DCA, whilst
in Gallery 1 audiences will see a suite of connected works
titled _Dark Burnt Scores._ Partially, and sometimes almost wholly,
burnt pages of the violin and viola scores played by Levitan and
Shiloah in_ k.364_, are framed against black. Mournful and delicate,
they hint at disappearing cultures, lost conversations and destructive
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Douglas Gordon (b.1966, Glasgow, Scotland) lives and works in Berlin,
Glasgow and Paris. His practice encompasses video and film,
installation, sculpture, photography, and text.
Through his work, Gordon investigates human conditions like memory and
the passage of time, as well as universal dualities such as life and
death, good and evil, right and wrong.
Gordon’s work has been exhibited globally in major solo exhibitions
including the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (1999), Tate Liverpool
(2000), MOCA in Los Angeles (2001 and 2012), Hayward Gallery in London
(2002), National Gallery of Scotland (2006), Museum of Modern Art in
New York (2006), Tate Britain in London (2010), Tel Aviv Museum of Art
(2013), as well as in Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
(2014). His film works have been invited to the Festival de Cannes,
Toronto International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Edinburgh
International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Festival del
Film Locarno and New York Film Festival, among many others. Gordon
received the 1996 Turner Prize.
Main image: Installation view _k.364_, Gagosian, London©Studio,
Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Photo by Studio lost
but found/Frederik Pedersen. Image courtesy of Studio lost but found,
Berlin and Gagosian, London
Other images: Douglas Gordon, _k.364_, 2011 Video installation.
Dimensions variable. 51 min, looped © Studio lost but found / VG
Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020