The HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark is presenting the work Another Decade (2018) by London-based artist and author Morgan Quaintance.
Another Decade (2018) combines archive and found footage from the 1990s, with newly shot 16mm film and standard definition video. The film focuses on statements made by artists, theorists and cultural producers at a conference held by the Institute of International Visual Arts, London, in 1994. Quaintance observes that the many of the participants from back then have not lost their influence two decades later. This fact alone is evoking the feeling that very little has changed on a socio-cultural or institutional level in the UK. The film alternates between the players of the art world and the lived experiences of London’s multi-ethnic population, expressing a dynamic tension that undermines asserted truths.
While recent attention paid to the 1990s casts a largely apolitical and monocultural view over the decade, the work seeks to exhume evidence buried in the shallow grave of cultural amnesia of another, more political, iconoclastic, and confrontational decade that promised a future still yet to arrive.
The work will be available on the Study Room website up to and including November 14, 2021.
Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer and artist, who works mainly with moving image. Over the past ten years he has been writing about contemporary art, aesthetics and their socio-political contexts. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, and has written for The Guardian and The Wire among others. His moving image work has been shown and exhibited widely at festivals and institutions including: MoMA, New York; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco; Konsthall C, Sweden; David Dale, Glasgow; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Alchemy Film and Arts Festival, Scotland; Images Festival, Toronto; International Film Festival Rotterdam and Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami. Quaintance was awarded the 2021 Jean Vigo Award for Best Director at Punto de Vista film festival, Spain.