Grace Weir

Grace Weir: A Fine Line is a solo exhibition at Cornerhouse featuring a series of new film installations by the Dublin based artist. The work of Grace Weir explores the relationship between events, place and time through the employment of film, to question how and why certain events occur in a particular way and to explore cinema’s ability to represent these occurrences. The world is inherently defined by physical laws such as the theory of Relativity and quantum theory, but subject to the lens of Weir’s vision is infused with the possibility of everyday experience where values of scale between events and subject matter vary as contemplative points of departure. Whilst fifteenth-century artists were preoccupied with concepts around real space and linear perspective, Grace Weir investigates how a perspective of real time is of increasing relevance today. A Fine Line includes two new film installations commissioned by Cornerhouse; Dust Defying Gravity and Bending Space Time in the Basement. Both works make a suggestion towards movement in space through the camera’s mechanical frame. Through the objective reality of the lens, this strategy poignantly illustrates the positioning of an event in relation to time, where poetic significance takes on universal resonance. The exhibition introduces recent works made in collaboration with physicist Ian Elliott. Three of the film projections are accompanied by collaborative ‘footnotes’ (studies or sketches). Two further works featured in the exhibition are Around Now (exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2001), and Forgetting (the vanishing point), which will be shown on the BBC’s Big Screen in Manchester city centre as well as within the galleries at Cornerhouse. Grace Weir has exhibited internationally for a number of years. She has recently represented Ireland at the 2001 Venice Biennale, and previously exhibited at the PS1 institute, New York, and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Grace Weir: A Fine Line’ Catalogue A catalogue/DVD publication including texts by Francis McKee, Head of Digital Arts & New Media, CCA, Glasgow, an interview with Graham Parker, artist, and an essay by Peter Ride of CARTE, University of Westminster. Price tbc. Grace Weir on the Big Screen In May 2003 the BBC installed a new high quality video screen on the side of Triangle shopping centre on Exchange Square in Manchester. Cornerhouse is pleased to be working with the BBC and Manchester City Council to present a programme of artists works, regionally made films, community and school films. The first project in the artists work strand is Forgetting: (the vanishing point) by Grace Weir. This will be premiered on the Big Screen on 11th September at 5.30pm (9 mins running time) and will be screened daily until the end of October. Watch out for more announcements about the programme throughout the autumn.