Marie Kirby’s work maps emotional topographies. She charts
both the particularity of individual moments and cycles of lived,
embodied existence, of life as a woman, of childhood, adolescence
and family life. Her work creates links between people and histories
of place. Kirby’s narratives are spatially configured, whether
in film or interdisciplinary forms. Her work is ultimately about
the structures we use to access our world and what we care most
about in it.
work has been shown at film and video festivals including Oberhausen,
Toronto, London and the Manege Festival in St. Petersburg, and museums
including the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York and
San Francisco, Olympic Museum, Sarajevo, the Pompidou Centre, Paris,
Strasbourg Museum of Contemporary Art, Arsenal in Berlin, Portland
Museum of Art, LACE in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center and Corcoran
Gallery in Washington DC.
work is included in the current Getty retrospective of California
video and she has recently had retrospectives of her work at MOMA,
NY, Chicago Filmmakers and the SF Cinematheque. She
is a Guggenheim and Djerassi fellow, as well as an Art in Embassies
fellow to Moldova in 2007. Ms. Kirby is a Professor of Fine Arts
at the California College of the Arts.
Scanning back to Dionne Warwick
swapping & mapping
Scanning back to Dionne Warwick, brings together two realms
of memory: public histories no longer visible in the landscape and
private histories that will be made public.
The project starts at the site of the Infinite Exchange Gallery
outside the Institute of Contemporary Art, in the Parc de los Pobladores,
Visitors to the IEG are invited to enter into an exchange of histories
of the now invisible. By providing a story about a moment in their
own histories that is tied to a public space — lawn, park
or building — that is now gone, visitors will receive a paper
map walking tour of likewise past and invisible sites in San Jose.
The walking tour guides visitors through parks and nearby streets
and invites them to contemplate moments in the history of a San
Jose no longer or never visible in the landscape.
Participants’ biographical stories will be scanned and then
embedded into a Google Earth web page that links the stories to
their original locations.
These two narratives, public historical moments in the history of
a city, San Jose, and private moments, that have taken place in
public spaces, in locations around the world, are collected in the
web site, scanningbacktodionnewarwick.com
The project asks participants to reflect on the convergence of what
is visible in the landscape today and what lies below the surface,
the links between public and private, biographical and historical