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Amateur Props

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Gallery 1: Amateur Prop, Lisbon32 2012
digital video, 13'25"

Milani Gallery, Brisbane

06.03.14 - 22.03.14

Amateur Props

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Gallery 2: Amateur Prop, High3 2013
digital video, 10'30"

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Gallery 3: Redstone (for LB) 2013
digital video, 04'34" (with sound)

An installation of five phone-camera films from the Amateur Props series made on the streets of Lisbon and Melbourne over the last two years, presented here as four large projections across three rooms.

Amateur Props installation video documentation link.

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Gallery 1: Amateur Prop, Dockl3 2014
digital video, 01'50"

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Gallery 1: Amateur Prop, Lisbon50 2012 (L) / Amateur Prop, Lisbon32, 2012 (R)

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Milani Gallery
54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Brisbane QLD 4102 Australia

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Amateur Prop, Lisbon50 2012
digital video, 01'22"

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Bootleg

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Amateur Prop, Moor1 2013
digital video, 05'26"

Breenspace, Sydney

12.07.13 - 10.08.13

Bootleg

And all you were doing was stealing chickens, nailing things to the wall. Everytime you stopped playing you became a lie.

Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter

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Amateur Prop, Vienna5 2013
digital video, 01'39"

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Moonshine (Cripps, ACCA) 2010/11/13
Type C photographs
96 x 72cm ea.

Bootleg brings together new films made in Lisbon, Vienna and Melbourne, plus an earlier set of photographs, that ostensibly depict other artists' works on exhibition or in reproduction, but at a slant and in a different light. As 'retakes' of locally- and internationally-known works of art they might profitably be thought of as a variation on the bootleg genre: part homage; part theft; part fan/part foe appropriation; part critique; part re-mastering.

The three experimental phone-camera films, presented here as two large projections and one screen-based work, are from the ongoing series Amateur Props. The photographs, Moonshine (Cripps, ACCA), represent half of a set of works commissioned in 2010 by AGMA Magazine, Vienna. This is their first presentation outside of their initial published state in 2011.

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Room 1 installation view: Amateur Prop, Vienna5 (L) / Amateur prop, Lisbon3 (R)

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Room 2 installation view: Amateur Prop, Moor1 (L) / Moonshine (Cripps, ACCA) (R)

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In recent months scattered thoughts, orphan actions, and variously-formed things have begun to coalesce into what I think of as 'amateur props'. Within this confluence I see the filming/viewing subject as one such 'prop': one that is marked by its orientations and solicitations, its attentiveness and drifts; how it poses itself, takes a stance, holds that position and then, sometimes, collapses. 'Bootleg' presents the particular strain of the 'Amateur Prop' film- and image-making that plays with or, even, tries to recast some of the conventions, apparatuses, and 'composures' which operate in the domains of reproduction – especially how they apply to and are used in serving (up) the work of art. Christian Capurro, July 2013.

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Room 2 installation view: Amateur Prop, Moor1

Breenspace
Level 3, 17-19 Alberta Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

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Amateur Prop, Lisbon3 2012
digital video (production still)
duration: shot held for as long as physically possible

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