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Matthew Buckingham

Murray Guy
453 West 17th Street, 212-463-7372
March 1 - April 19, 2008
Reception: Saturday, March 1, 6 - 8 PM
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Murray Guy is proud to present Matthew Buckingham’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will consist of two new works, the film installation False Future and the video installation Everything I Need.

Additionally, between March 28 and April 6, Creative Time will present Matthew Buckingham’s film installation Muhheakantuck – Everything Has a Name, 2003, aboard a New York Water Taxi on the Hudson River.

False Future, 2007 takes up the story of Louis Le Prince (1842–1890), the little-know inventor who succeeded in developing a working motion picture system at least five years before the Lumière Brothers. Had Le Prince not mysteriously disappeared while traveling from Dijon to Paris by train in 1890 he would most likely be known today as the originator of cinema. False Future speculates on this false-start in the history of filmmaking, focusing on the drives and desires that lie behind the invention and reception of moving images. The title comes from the French verb tense, ‘faux future,’ often employed in history-writing and voice- reader of historical figures by narrating the past as if it is imminent or yet-to-happen, placing the reader or listener in the present tense of the time-period in question. In the case of Le Prince, the phrase ‘false future’ also refers to a present that never was, to the influence over filmmaking that Le Prince never had. Echoing descriptions of Le Prince’s workroom, the installation displays a ten-minute film that restages one of the four eight-second long films Le Prince is known to have made. We see a static shot of street- and foot-traffic on the Leeds Bridge in Leeds, England, while a French-speaking voice relates and speculates on the events of Le Prince’s life. The film is subtitled in English.

Everything I Need, 2007, is a double-screen video installation inspired by an episode in the biography of the psychologist and writer on homosexuality, Charlotte Wolff (1897–1986), who was exiled from Berlin in 1933. Having lived in Paris but mainly London, Wolff returned to Berlin for the first time in 1978 following an invitation to speak there from the lesbian group L74. The trip prompted Wolff to expand her memoirs into the autobiography Hindsight upon returning to London. In the installation one screen displays images of a passenger plane that was “retired” from service around the time that Wolff made her journey to Berlin and back.

Over two weekends, on March 28, 29, 30 and April 4, 5, 6, CREATIVE TIME will present Matthew Buckingham’s Muhheakantuck–Everything Has a Name, 2003, a 40-minute screening aboard a New York Water Taxi navigating the New York Habor and the lower Hudson River. There will be two screenings daily – 7pm and 8 pm. The Water Taxis depart from Pier 45 at Christopher Street. The screenings are free but reservations are necessary: [email protected]
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