Gordon wants to jolt us into looking at a medium whose technological tricks have become so familiar that we no longer see how magical it really is. Spend an hour or so in Feature Film and I promise that you'll never take the movies for granted again. — Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph, 7 April 1999
Music always underscored Alfred Hitchcock’s vision — most notably through is collaboration with one of the greatest of all film composers, Bernard Herrmann. In Feature Film, Douglas Gordon arranged a divorce — between sound and vision — and orchestrated an affair — between what you remember and what you see. The large projection is a portrait of conductor James Conlon featuring his face and hands as he conducts Hermann’s score for Vertigo, Hitchcock’s classic tale of mistaken identity. The orchestra ca be heard but not seen. A domestic monitor showing a video of Vertigo accompanies the cinema-scale projection of the conductor’s features.
Video: Excerpt of Douglas Gordon, Feature Film, 2000. You can also watch this video on Vimeo.
Warwick, 1 May - 23 June 2012
Douglas Gordon's Feature Film was presented by the Mead Art Gallery, alongside his 2006 collaboration with Philippe Parreno: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. The exhibition, entitled 'Maestros', brought these two works together for the first time, comparing two masters of their craft immersed in their own space, performing with and at the same time abstracted from the players around them, offering a compelling portrait of virtuoso talent.
Image: Installation view of Douglas Gordon, Feature Film at Mead Art Gallery, Warwick in 2013. Photograph: Courtesy Mead Art Gallery