Maestro: Films by Douglas Gordon
Feature Film / Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Tue 1 May – Sat 23 Jun 2012
Maestro brings together two acclaimed moving image installations by the Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. Exhibited for the first time together at the Mead Gallery, both works offer a compelling portrait of virtuoso talent.
In Feature Film (1999) the camera hones in on conductor James Conlon as he leads the Paris Opera Orchestra. Zidane (2006, made with Philippe Parreno) zooms in on a different kind of orchestration, following French footballer Zinedine Zidane through the course of an entire match. For the first time in the UK Zidane is being shown as a multi-screen installation.
In both works the maestros are immersed in their own space, performing with and at the same time abstracted from the players around them.
Feature Film is presented as part of The Artangel Collection, a national initiative in association with Tate, supported by Arts Council England, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and The John Ellerman Foundation.
Feature Film was co-produced by Artangel & Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris as The Artangel / Beck’s commission in association with Kolnischer Kunstverein.