Jesse Jones

11 June – 22 July 2011


Part I

Saturday 11 June – Friday 24 June

Part I comprised of a gallery installation profiling the process of making of newly commissioned film – Against the Realm of the Absolute by Dublin based artist Jesse Jones. The installation incorporated a newspaper publication documenting the workshop and filming processes, including text contributions from Isla Leaver-Yap and Neil Cooper, as well as screenings of some of the films screened in workshops in March, including Privilege by Yvonne Rainer and Born In Flames by Lizzie Borden.

Download the newspaper here

Part II

Saturday 25 June – Friday 22 July

For the second part of the exhibition Collective premiered Jesse's new 16mm film, set in a dystopian landscape in the distant future, aiming to explore the struggle to embody political gesture through protest. The film was made with participants who attended workshops, films and reading sessions. These participants became protagonists in the film and members of the megaphone choir.

Against the Realm of the Absolute seeks to investigate the multiple narratives of feminism as a socially transformative movement and attempts to re-imagine the legacies of feminism and protest. Adapted in part, from Joanna’s Russ’s feminist Sci-Fi novel from 1975, The Female Man this new film work attempts to attend to the multiple possible futures we might face and how, through this very act of fictional speculation, we may in turn, open up critiques of our present reality.


Against the Realm of the Absolute, Saturday 25th June, 2pm—3pm
Top Floor, Teviot Debating Hall, 13 Bristo Square.
To mark the premiere of Jesse Jones’s new film, the much anticipated Against the Realm of the Absolute, Collective collaborated with Edinburgh International Film Festival on an opening event. The event drew together a series of Jesse’s film works, developed over the past two years, screened together as The Trilogy of Dust featuring Mahogany, 2009, The Predicament of Man, 2010 and the first showing of Against the Realm of the Absolute, 2011. The event culminated in a performative address by participants who were involved in Against the Realm of the Absolute, using sound, text and imagery to expand on ideas and actions presented in the films.

Download the exhibition information here

Read more about Against the Realm of the Absolute in the February–July 2011 publication

Supported by East Lothian Council, Scottish Power, Filmbase Ireland, RuaRED, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums.

This is an archived programme entry.

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