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Embodied: Performance & Documentary


An exhibition curated by Jacqui Davies


Katarzyna Badach and Alfredo Ramos Fernández, Yael Bartana, Jérôme Bel, Richard Billingham, Chim↑Pom, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Louis Henderson, Samson Kambalu, Martha Rosler, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul


EMBODIED presents a series of encounters between documentary and performance. Seeking to go beyond the question of authenticity that is initially raised by this intersection, EMBODIED considers performance as a process of re-enactment, re-presentation, mediation, and of staging reality. The exhibition considers ideas such as the individual subject as a discursive (documentary) practice, counter-performances, exhibitionism, and unconscious performance.  


Linking these various ideas together is an intimated questioning of the tension between fiction and reality within documentary. Rather than permitting the illusory ability of this genre to present a concrete reality, EMBODIED takes viewers beyond the here and now of the document and into an alternative temporality, one that is accessed via various performative devices which place the medium of the body at their core. The works in the exhibition therefore present the documented body as both a subject and an object; in action and acted upon.


Originally presented at Nikolaj Kunsthal (5 November - 6 December 2015). The exhibition is available for touring; for further information please contact:


Jacqui Davies:

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Random Acts

25 artists' short films for Channel 4 Television

Commissioned by Jacqui Davies and FACT, Liverpool. 


Distribution available for screenings and gallery exhibition presentation

Online preview here




Marina Abramovic, Dangerous Games

David Austen, Happiness

Richard Billingham, Siberian Tiger

Dara Birnbaum, Kojak/Wang

Minerva Cuevas, micadust

Shezad Dawood, Piercing Brightness (Trailer)

James Franco, Dream

Johan Grimonprez, I may have lost forever my umbrella

David Hall, ecsateeTV too

Lucy Harvey, GUIDE TO LIFE IV(A).7: A Song of My Youth

Lewis Klahr, The Moon Has Its Reasons

Mark Leckey, Pearl Vision

Rachel Mayeri, Primate Cinema: Movies for Monkeys

Haroon Mirza, This content was transmitted to this date in 1987

Shahryar Nashat, Knee Bruise Left Edged

Martha Rosler, Because This Is Britain

James Richards, Today

Semiconductor, Some Part of Us Will Have Become

Zineb Sedira, End of Life

Stephen Suttcliffe, Players' Edition

Sarah Wood, Three-Minute Warning

Mark Wallinger, Ever Since

Phillip Warnell, The Scales and Stripes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Monsoon

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Warning: Reading this may or may not change your life

Time, a Hesitant Smile: film, broadcast and time travel

A series of three artist film programmes

Curated by Jacqui Davies and Joseph Constable


Time, a Hesitant Smile considers filmmaking and broadcast as contained and compressed moments of time travel. Taking its title from Fernando Pessoa's 'The Book of Disquiet' - itself a kaleidoscopic collection of temporal fragments - a bold selection of experimental, cult and ground-breaking artists' film looks at how multiple voices, narratives and histories are synthesised and disseminated in present moments of fact and fiction. 


The programme looks at the various apparatuses that humans utilise in order to enact different methods of time travel. Technological prostheses such as the microphone, the mixing desk, the iPhone and the film camera, become tools with which to manipulate our experience of time, duration and dimensionality. 


A touring film programme available for distribution

Full details here



Phantoms of Nabua

Apichatpong Weerasethakul


10' 43"


Shot, edited and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Producers Simon Field and Keith Griffiths

A fluorescent tube illuminates an empty playground in the evening. Nearby a flash of light is projected on a makeshift screen. This outdoor movie is a portrait of a village repeatedly struck by lightning. As night falls, the silhouette figures of young men emerge, they are playing with a football raging with fire. They take turns kicking the ball which leaves illuminated trails in the grass. The lightning on the screen flickers amid the fire and the smoke rising from the ground. The game intensifies with each kick that sends the fireball soaring into the air. Finally the teens burn the screen and crowd around it to witness the blazing canvas, behind which is revealed the ghostly white beam of a projector. Phantoms of Nabua is part of the multi-platform Primitive project which focuses on a concept of remembrance and extinction and is set in the northeast of Thailand.

A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

Apichatpong Weerasethakul



Shot, edited and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Producers Simon Field and Keith Griffiths


A slowly moving camera captures the interiors of various houses in a village. They are all deserted except one house with a group of young soldiers. They are digging the up the ground. It is unclear whether they are exhuming or burying something. The voices of three young men are heard. They repeat, rehearse, memorise a letter to a man named Boonmee. They tell him about a small community called Nabua where the inhabitants have abandoned their homes. The wind blows fiercely through the doors, and the windows, bringing with it a swarm of bugs. As evening approaches, the sky turns dark. The bugs scatter and the men are silent. 


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Phantoms of Nabua and A Letter to Uncle Boonmee are part of Primitive, 2009, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, commissioned by Haus der Kunst, Munich with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool and Animate Projects, London. Produced by Illuminations Films, London and Kick the Machine Films, Bangkok.

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