Bus, Blue screen, video projection, sound.
Exhibition: Stopover. 50th Venice Biennale 2003
Graham gussin has created a multi-faceted installation in which several independent elements collide to address issues of tourism, time, locality and utopias. Central to the work is a journey the artist made from London to Venice in a 1980’s passenger coach that has then been transported to the interior of the convent. This ultimate symbol of mass tourism, normally hidden on the edges of Venice, is brought inside the city. The coach is from a period that Gussin identifies as the closing of ‘the decade of love and freedom’, and now serves as a nostalgic reminder of hoped for utopias. Central to Gussin’s work is an exploration of the point where time, distance, reality and imagination collide and the physical presence of the coach is countered by other works which refer to other places, other time and other realities. A specially commissioned sound-work playing from the coach consists of road movie soundtracks re-scored in reverse, so introducing temporal travel to the notion of physical travel. The floor of the space has been replaced by a chroma-key blue floor that can simultaneously be “anywhere and nowhere”.
David Thorpe and Sarah Glennie