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Title True Nature
Collection fineart.ac.uk
Artist Willie Doherty
Approach fine art performance / installation
Nationality Irish
Description True Nature consists of five separate but related video sequences, which are shown simultaneously. The videos are projected onto five 3x4 metre free-standing screens made with rear projection material, allowing the image to be viewed from both sides. The screens are installed in a configuration where they stand at various angles to each other, enabling the viewer to see more than one sequence at any time and to move freely between the screens. A soundtrack accompanies each video sequence and the speakers are fixed to the wall at head height near to each screen.

The video footage and audio material for True Nature" was recorded in Chicago in August and November 1998 and in Ireland in January 1999. The Chicago video footage was recorded in the downtown area, in neighbourhoods, which were identified to the artist as 'Irish' and on public transport to and from these areas and the International Airport. At the same time the artist conducted a number of interviews with members of the Irish-American community . The criteria for the interviewees were that they should be second or third generation Irish and that they should never have visited Ireland. The interviews concentrated on their views and perceptions about Ireland and how these impressions were shaped through family stories, news coverage, cinema etc.
The video footage recorded in Ireland was shot in response to the Chicago interviews and attempted to 'find' some of the places and types of landscape described in them.

Each video sequence is compiled from this material in a non-linear and fragmentary manner where images, ambient sounds and voices are juxtaposed. This is further complicated by the inclusion of the voice of an Irish actor whose role is more indeterminate as he muses over the position of the emigrant."
Willie Doherty
Cultural Context Irish
Location Current Site Collection of Guggenheim Museum, New York
Measurements Dimensions Dimensions variable
Material 5 DVDs, colour, sound, 30 mins (10 minutes repeated continuously)
Biography 1959: Born Derry, Northern Ireland
Willie Doherty is currently lecturer in Fine and Appilied Arts at the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster at Belfast.
Biographic Notes Videography
2002: Retraces, an installation of seven DVD players, seven 27 inch color monitors and seven DVDs (color, no sound). The monitors are arranged in a horizontal row at varying heights. Installation will vary according to the available space but a minimum of 45 foot of linear wall space is required. Total duration of DVD is 15 minutes, repeated continuously, edition of 3.
2001: How It Was, a double channel video installation. Two DVD players, one synchronizing unit, two stereo amplifiers, four speakers and two 16:9 ratio compatible LCD video projectors. Two DVDs (color, sound, wide screen format) duration 7 minutes. The work is projected onto two freestanding aluminum rear projection screens. Dimensions are variable, unique.
2001: Many Have Eyes But Cannot See, an installation of two DVD players, two 20 inch color monitors and two DVD's (color, no sound). The monitors are arranged in a horizontal row 12 inches apart at eye level (55 inches from the bottom of the shelf to the ground). Total duration of DVD is 20 minutes, 1 minute loop, edition of 3.
1999: Control Zone, an installation of one video disc player, one video projector, one video disc (color, no sound) projected directly onto the wall of a self enclosed space to 48 x 72 inches, duration of 30 minutes repeated continuously, edition of 3.
1999: Restricted Access, an installation of three video disc pslayers, three 20 inch color monitors, and three video discs (color, no sound). The monitors are arranged in a horizontal row at eye level (51 inches from the ground), duration of 27 minutes repeated continuously. Edition of 3.
1999: True Nature, an installation of five video disc players, five video projectors, five stereo amps, ten speakers and five video discs (color and sound), projected onto five 120 x 156 inch double-sided screens arranged in a self enclosed space, duration of 27 minutes repeated continuously. Unique.
1998: Somewhere Else, an installation of four synchronized laser players, one synchronizing unit, four laser discs and four speakers linked to four video projectors, four separate, but synchronized video discs (color, sound and voice) projected onto an L shaped wooden construction positioned like an arrowhead in the room, duration of 30 minutes repeated continuously.
Unique.
1997: Blackspot, an installation of one video (color, no sound) projected onto a single 48 x 72 inch screen, duration of 30 minutes repeated continuously. Edition of 3.
1997: Sometimes I Imagine it's My Turn, an installation of a single 28 inch color monitor, one video tape (color and sound), duration of 3 minutes repeated continuously. Edition of 3.
1997: Same Old Story, an installation of two laser disc players, two powered speakers,one Smartcard controller and two laser discs (color and sound) projected onto two free standing walls, duration of 10 minutes repeats continuously. Unique
1996: Tell Me What You Want, an installation of two 29 inch color monitors, two wall brackets, two videotape players, two video tapes (color and sound), duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously. Edition of 3.
1996: The Wrong Place, an installation of one video projector, one video player, twopowered speakers and one videotape (color, sound), duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously. Dimensions are variable. Unique.
1995: Factory (Reconstruction), an installation of one 29 inch colour monitor, one video player, one videotape (color, sound). Video is shown in conjunction with a variable number of cibachrome photographs from the series entitled "Factory". duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously. Edition of 3.
1994: No Smoke Without Fire, an installation of one LCD video projector, one video player, two powered speakers, one videotape (color, sound),duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously. Dimensions are variable.First shown in Cocido y Crudo, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, December 1994. Unique. At The End Of The Day, an installation of one LCD video projector, one video player, two powered speakers, one video (color, sound), duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously Dimensions are variable. Unique.
1993: The Only Good One Is A Dead One, an installation of two LCD video projectors, two video players, four powered speakers, two videotapes (color, sound), projected simultaneously onto walls at right angles to each other, duration of 10 minutes repeated continuously. Dimensions are variable. Unique.
1993: 30 January, 1973, a unique installation of two Kodak Carousel projectors, two 70 - 120 zoom lenses, eight powered speakers, four stereo cassette decks, four audio cassette tapes and two 35 mm color slides projected back to back onto a wall of two interlocking wooden constructions positioned in the center of a dark space, duration of 3 minutes repeated continuously.Unique.
1991: They're All the Same, an installation of one Kodak Carousel 2050 slide projector, one 60mm projector lens, one auto reverse audio cassette player, one stereo integrated amplifier, two loud speakers, one audio cassette, one 35mm slide projected onto a wood construction in a dark space. Duration of 3 minutes repeated continuously. Dimensions are variable. Unique
1990: Same Difference, an installation with four Kodak Carousel 2050 slide projectors, two Kodak Carousel Interval Timers, two Kodak 75-120 mm zoom lenses, two Kodak 60mm fixed lenses, two sets of eighty-one 35mm black and white text slides and two 35mm black and white slides projected into two diagonally opposite corner walls, duration of three minutes repeated continuously. Dimensions are variable. Unique.
Education 1978-81: Studied at Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast
Awards 1999: DAAD residency, Berlin, Germany
1995: Irish Museum of Modern Art Glen Dimplex Artists Award
Other Activities 1999: True Nature was commissioned by the Renaissance Society, Chicago.
Institution University of Ulster
Rights Owner Willie Doherty
Rights Status UK HE use only
Style Period Period Postmodern
Technique digital video
Work Type video installation

 

 

 

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