Gabriel Lester - Guest Lecture

9th Guest Lecture in Creative Media Colloquium this semester with Gabriel Lester
Date: 12th December, 2014  (Friday)

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00pm

Venue : M6094 Future Cinema Studio   (6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre)

guest talk 8 Gabriel Lester SM2703

Title: Nonverbal

Speaker: Gabriel Lester

visual artist, film director

Abstract

Gabriel Lester’s lecture “Nonverbal” addresses the notion of language articulated through performance, video, sculpture and architecture. Departing from the proposition ”if a work of art has a body, it consequently must have a language, too”, the lecture address the notion of nonverbal communication in terms of artistic body-language.

In his lecture, Lester will focus on his body of work by representation the broad spectrum of his artworks, actions and inventions, while provoking ideas about how to read, how to act and how to relate.

Biography of speaker

Gabriel Lester was born in Amsterdam (1972). He currently lives and works in Amsterdam. His artworks consist of installations, performances and film/video. Other activities include commissioned artworks for the public space, film directing, teaching, writing and sound and video editing.

Lester’s artwork, films and installations originate from a desire to tell stories and construct environments that support these stories or propose their own narrative interpretation. In early years this led to writing prose and composing electronic music. Later, after studying cinema and eventually fine arts, his artworks became what could be typified as cinematographic, without necessarily employing film or video. Like cinema, Lester’s practice has come to embrace all imaginable media and occupy both time and space. The artworks propose a tension span and are either implicitly narrative, explicitly visual or both at once.

Lester has exhibited at the Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Dilzis Rodeo Gallery, and SALT, Istanbul; Bloomberg Space, and IBID, London; Gallery BirteKleeman, Berlin; Bonniers Kusthalle, Stockholm; Wako Works of Art, Tokyo; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul; Sao Paulo Bienal 2010; Performa 11 Biennial, New York; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Kunsthalle Bern; MACCA San Francisco; Liverpool Biennial 2008; Biennale di Venezia 2007/2013; Documenta 13; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Bonner Kunstverrein – among many others.

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