Thursday June 14, 2018, 9pm
Short Film Program
‘Vertighosts: Homages to Hitchcock’s Vertigo’
This program brings together two artists’ homages to ‘Vertigo’ (1958), Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece about deceit and obsession. In her latest short film ‘Vertighost’, Lynn Hershman Leeson continues to develop her interest in the figure of the doppelgänger. In interviews with artists and art historians, she investigates the famous museum scene in which we see the character of Madeleine (with her iconic French twist) from the back as she looks at the portrait of her grandmother Carlotta. The subject of Douglas Gordon’s ‘Feature Film’ is the haunting soundtrack of ‘Vertigo’, which was written by Bernard Herrmann, one of the most influential composers in Hollywood cinema. The film, which consists of close-up shots of the face and the hands of conductor James Conlon, marks the transition from Gordon’s early cinematic installations, such as ’24 Hour Psycho’ (1993), to his later film works, notably ‘Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle’ (2006).
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Vertighost, 2017, 14’, ShanghART Gallery