Continuations of Hitchcock

2003-2010



Continuations of Hitchcock is a collection of eight installations. Each of them explores the privileged relationship that Alfred Hitchcock maintained with painting. Underpinned by Laurent Fiévet’s theoretical research the installations juxtapose shots from four of Hitchcock’s films from the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and Marnie) and paintings from the various schools, movements and periods which inspired them (including works by Velázquez, Vermeer, Tiziano and Bacon).
As with Tests of Time, the object of Continuations of Hitchcock is not simply to decipher the filmic images.

Though the title of the installations acknowledges Hitchcock’s capacity to re-appropriate some of the masterpieces of painting in his films and to extend their scope by transposing them to the screen, it also reveals a desire on the part of Fiévet to examine Hitchcock’s playful experiments, sometimes through a simple reworking of the film material (modifying the rhythm and the editing, altering perspective, reduction effects, etc.) The installations therefore re-deploy material in a way that modifies the impact of the images and alters the ideas developed within the films. Through the variety of mechanisms that they establish, the installations provide both a framework within which one can revisit these works and an opportunity to develop new aesthetic reflections.

Two installations of the collection (Infrastructures and DéXconstruction) were shown in Finland during winter 2003-2004. A third one, Circulations, was presented in Quebec, in may-june 2008. A fourth one, Ink Red! was concieved in 2010 for Morphology of Red group exhibition.

Ink Red!
(2010)

Helsinki, Kiasma Nykytaiteen museo

Infrastructures
(2003)

Helsinki, Kiasma Nykytaiteen museo

Dé X construction
(2003)

Québec, Manif d’Art 4

Circulations
(2008)

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