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Fiona Tan: Inventory

Fiona Tan: Inventory
Library Shelf Location 18.TAN
Publication Date 2013
Description Fiona Tan: Inventory is a multiprojection installation inviting viewers to consider museum collections as well as the human compulsion to capture the transience of time and lived experience. Filmed at the Sir John Soane Museum in London over a period of four days in September 2012, Inventory presents intimate details of the British architect’s (1753–1837) personal antiquities collection housed in one of the most unique private residences to become a public museum. This high-definition video installation is structured as a large-scale montage of six projections simultaneously displayed on one wall in an uneven grid. Each individual projection shows details of the crammed interiors of the museum containing a multiplicity of ancient architectural fragments and sculptures. Inventory explores Tan’s preoccupation with time, memory, and place, and is as much a meditation on the human impulse to collect as a reflection on Tan’s artistic practice to date. In recording the idiosyncratic collection of Sir John Soane using a variety of mediums (Super 8, 16, and 35 millimeter film, and analog, digital, and high-definition video), the artist challenges the viewer to reconsider ideas such as representation, perception, and history while contemplating the resilience of a medium associated with a contemporary artistic production.
ISBN 9788890713330
Quantity 1
Pages 128
Editor Monia Trombetta
Format Paperback
Publishers Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, MAXXI-National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Related Artist Fiona Tan
Categories Installation, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Artist's Nationality Dutch
Language English

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