Sigune Hamann Mayday
Sigune Hamann is an artist whose work encompasses photography and video. At RAUMX, the artist presents new photographic work shot on May 1st at Trafalgar Square in London. Hamann focuses on the moment when a common goal directs crowds in common movement and assertion. Film-strip (London 1.5.2015) is part of her ongoing series film-strips, which captures trajectories of bodies and lights in motion in panoramic images. A whole roll of 35 mm film is exposed in an analogue photographic camera in one continuous rewinding movement while moving (walking or turning) herself. In photographic film-strips Sigune Hamann traces the dynamics of urban environments. As a trace of the rally, the film-strip carries its dynamic, memory and emotion.
Hamann’s work deals with the passing of time in the fixing of an image and the perception and recollection of events. As part of her residencies at the V&A and Tokyo Wonder Site she is taking film-strips and testing how they can be displayed and experienced in different architectural contexts. Her solo exhibition ‘In the name of’ at Durham Art Gallery (October 2013) featured a 56 metre film-strip installation. Recent projects include ‘wave’ (Wellcome Collections, London, 2012), ‘Whitehall’ (ISEA, Istanbul Biennale, 2011),’ Stillness and Movement’, (Tate Conference 2010), ‘the walking up and down bit’ (BFI, 2009), ‘undercurrent’ (Kunsthalle Mainz) and ‘short time space’ (Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 2008).
London based artist Sigune Hamann is a reader in art and media practice at the University of the Arts London.