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Modern Ruin

Chris Cornish, Tate Modern 2003

Chris Cornish
Tate Modern (still) 2003
1080i HD, transferred to DVD, single-channel video exhibited on monitor from DVD, 4:3, colour, stereo, 2:23 minutes
Image courtesy of the artist and galerie schleicher+lange, Paris © Chris Cornish, 2003

Modern Ruin

12 July – 12 October 2008, Australian Cinémathèque and Media Gallery, GoMA

A rich vein of contemporary artistic practice revaluates the utopian dreams of the modern period. 'Modern Ruin' brings together artists and filmmakers who look back to modern art, architecture and design in order to visually and critically explore their historical failures. The works in the exhibition speak of living in the ruins of Modernism, translating a melancholy sense of dreams half-remembered, and examining the decay, detritus and self-effacing survivals of historical modernity. 

The exhibition features film, video and installation works by artists and filmmakers including Chris Cornish, Stan Douglas, Manthia Diawara, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Andreas Fogarasi, Cyprien Gaillard, William Kentridge, Ann Lislegaard, David Maljkovic, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Ursula Mayer, Tracey Moffatt, Laurent Montaron, Deimantas Narkevičius, Susan Norrie, Anri Sala and Alain Tanner. The film program explores historical paradoxes and faultlines in the dream of progress and urban modernity and includes films by Michelangelo Antonioni, José Luis Guerín, Bill Morrison, Roberto Rossellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Orson Welles.

Full exhibition and film program details are available here.

The catalogue accompanying ‘Modern Ruin’ is available at the Gallery Store or online.

Public Programs

LECTURE: Modern Ruin
Friday 12 Sept 5.30pm / Cinema A

Kathryn Weir Curator's introduction to the exhibition and film program

Modern Ruin artist talk
2.00pm Friday 19 September GoMA, Cinema B

Meet artist David Haines as he talks about his art practice and about Black Canyon 2008, his collaborative work with Joyce Hinterding in the exhibition.