BERCEUSE: Christian Thompson

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017 Start time: 9:58 am

Visual arts

Venue: Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery

In this new video work BERCEUSE (which, from French translates as 'Lullaby'), indigenous Australian artist Christian Thompson performs the gesture of re-imagining his traditional language 'Bidjara'. A language that has been categorised as extinct. The work is premised on the notion that if one word of Bidjara is spoken, in this case in the form of song, it is a living language echoed powerfully in the gallery context. Combining evocative chanting and electronic elements, Thompson invokes the cultural experiences and narratives of his Bidjara culture. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson and Christian Marclay, the artist firmly places his sound/video work into a distinct and long lineage of artists who incorporate music into their practice. Thompson seeks to allow a sensory experience of language through the vocal textures he creates via the sole use of his voice, and simultaneously evokes the textures of the Australian landscape via gentle silhouette forms. BERCEUSE draws the audience into an intimate place, a hypnotic melody that transcends space and time whilst being powerfully connected to the contemporary present.  

Title: BERCEUSE, three channel video installation, duration 5 min 25 sec, 2017. Courtesy the artist and the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. 

Running daily 10am-6pm throughout the Festival at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Sqaure London W1T 6BA. Hear Christian Thompson discuss his work with Julie Gough, Marcia Langton and Rebecca Hossack at Rich Mix on Saturday 17th June.