The Same River Twice: Part 2

Greek philosopher Heraclitus is famed for his observation that 'no man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.' With its stellar international line-up, The Same River Twice deals with a hot theme in recent art—historical reenactment. The artists all remake or recall history, with a twist.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 07 March 2009 to Saturday 25 April 2009

Published by Institute of Modern Art on Wednesday 11 March 2009.
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The second installment features three artists. British artist Emma Kay tries to recall all of art history and all Shakespeare’s plays from memory, without recourse to reference works. The gaps and distortions in her account suggest her own levels of interest, experience, and priorities. Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy restage Vito Acconci performances-for-video in the manner of a Californian porn movie, at once irreverently trumping and revealing subtexts in their original. For Godville, American artist Omer Fast interviews the ‘living historians’ of Colonial Williamsberg, who live in eighteenth-century style for the edification and amusement of tourists. This video work mixes up comments they make ‘in character’ with comments about their real lives in a meditation on the social and political fragmentation of American society, spiritual oppression, bigotry, sadness, war, ethics, and god. Curated by Angela Goddard and Robert Leonard. [image: Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy]