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Sarah Forrest: Recital
Gallery in the Cinema: at times when the cinema is in use for matinees, this film will be shown on an alternative screen.
Sarah Forrest works across film, installation, text and sound. She makes narrative driven works that weave together elements of theory, fiction and philosophy to playfully explore perception.
Recital (2016) is set in those first strange moments of waking up, where certainty and strangeness run in parallel as the mind tries to make sense of what is happening. The fast, complex and unpredictable edit follows the rhythm of an improvised Led Zeppelin drum solo which Forrest tried to teach herself. This relationship between intuition and acquired knowledge becomes the focus of the piece. The artist describes it as ‘a desire to let go of theory in order to think through the relationship between knowing and feeling, asking if one can know what they feel then can they feel what they know? By breaking down an improvised moment beat by beat in order to replicate it, [the]…aim was not to master the solo but to draw from this bodily experience, exploring what happens at the periphery, in order to play out and perform these concerns.’
Sarah Forrest (b.1981 Dundee) is based in Glasgow. She has had solo exhibitions at Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany 2016 and CCA,Glasgow, 2013. Forrest’s work has been presented at international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2014. Public collections include the GOMA collection and LUX. She is represented by Supplement and is the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2017.