Gordon Schmidt

15 October – 19 November 2005

Exhibitions Project Room

Mai 68/Comeback Special was as installation work made specifically for viewing in a gallery setting. By overlaying original 16mm film footage of the student demonstrations in Paris 1968 with audio from Elvis Presley's famous televised '68 comeback special alongside an army surplus blanket, the work questions not only the inherent disparity of social and cultural events at the time but the very way in which nostalgia enables and encourages the parralleling of these events in order to produce (as define by Barthes) a 'third meaning' only available in hindsight. The resulting hybrid, a projected digital video made from combining two readily available historical documents found in a public library reflected a subjective and D.I.Y. approach to the reading of historically significant events.

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Project Room was launched in 1995 and continued until 2006 as an experimental project space.

This is an archived programme entry.

Thomas Abercromby, 'John', video still 2023, courtesy of the artist. Photo Daniel Hughes. Featured Julia Lau and Nevil Jose

Thomas Abercromby


21 Oct 2023 — 23 Dec 2023

Liza Sylvestre, 'asweetsea' video still, 2022, courtesy of the artist.

Liza Sylvestre


21 Oct 2023 — 23 Dec 2023