Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
The House of Books Has No Windows
Exhibition 31 July – 28 September 2008
This exhibition offered a rare chance to experience the work of one of the most internationally respected artist partnerships. Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s collaborative installations are multi-layered, multimedia experiences. Using objects, images and sound, they collage together impressions and experiences, memory and history, mixing references to high and popular culture in works which draw an audience into a series of intensely credible fictions.
The six installations in the exhibition enticed the viewer into six new worlds. In one room, we peered into a mini cinema, screening a five minute Midwestern film noir. Opening an old door into another, we seemed to have strayed into the artists’ studio: a room stuffed with books, record players, speakers, models, notes and drawings, all of which start to tell us stories as we wander amongst them. In a third room, 2,000 records, 8 robotically-controlled record players and 24 speakers perform a 20-minute, automated opera, collaging together arias from Italian operas, rock music, a recording of a stage hypnotist from the 1970s, the sound of rain and a train, and the lonely musings of an opera-lover alone in his room in the middle of nowhere. Cardiff/Miller’s work is mesmerising, as much theatre as installation. Original, imaginative and performative, it was a coup for The Fruitmarket Gallery and a treat for its audiences.
Exhibition organised in collaboration with Modern Art Oxford.
Cardiff Miller Webfilm
This poster was designed by The Fruitmarket Gallery to support the Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller The House of Books Has No Windows exhibition which ran from 31 July – 28 September 2008.
This DVD supports the Cardiff Miller exhibition that ran from 31 July – 28 September 2008 at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.
Fruitmarket Gallery Publication
A two-volume slipcased catalogue that accompanied the critically and publicly acclaimed Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Summer 2008.