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‘Postcards from The Land of No People’, 2015, printed postcards in a wooden rack

A contemporary Orientalist sees herself in Palestine in a series of souvenir postcards… whether or not she belongs or is welcome there…
Because isn’t this what we all do, when we travel to an exotic place, proudly saying “please” and “thank you” in exactly the correct pronunciation of an Other tongue, imagining ourselves for a moment, in asking for the bill, to be mistaken for a native…

while the server, laughing behind his or her eyes, sees right through your identity to a colonial past that is, along with your fantasy, part author to this current moment. Nodding and smiling and complimenting your excellent Arabic, which you both know is harnessed to expectations of generosity, which you gladly bestow for recognition of being seen as you wish to be seen. All of us pretending in this business transaction, an exchange until all accounts are empty.

MA Fine Art Interim Show
Chelsea College of Arts, London
 
22 January 2015
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Dreams of the Rat Race 2 (No Exit), 2014, projected video installation

Kelise Franclemont, still from 'Dreams of the Rat Race 2 (No Exit)', 2014, projected video, duration 15mins (looped), in 'Office Party' as part of 'Office Sessions III', East India docks, London. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont.
Kelise Franclemont, still from ‘Dreams of the Rat Race 2 (No Exit)’, 2014, projected video, duration 15mins (looped), in ‘Office Party’ as part of ‘Office Sessions III’, East India docks, London. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont.

This is the second version of “Dreams of the Rat Race 2 (No Exit)”, a short looping video [15:03] in which I engage with this office space as my memory of my own prior office career… That 20 years always felt like kind of a trap, or like Sartre’s “no exit”… The viewer can be part of this nightmare; as they stand in front of the projection, their shadow becomes included in the memory of that former life…around and around never really getting anywhere… this time, there is a running course marked in the circuit of approximately 330m. The viewer goes ’round and ’round and occasionally, another runners appear in the frame.

More Links and info about Office Party

Exhibition details:  Office Sessions III is at Anchorage House, 2 Clove Crescent, E14 2BE (East India on the DLR).

“Office Sessions III” is open to the public on all three floors (4-6) on the following dates:

  • 27 November 2014:  6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 29 November 2014:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • 30 November 2014:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please note there is also a performance piece by Kelise Franclemont scheduled on this date from 11AM, “Right to Movement Rat Race (an exercise in subjectivity and space)”, so look out for the marathon runners (and maybe stick around to cheer them on)!

  • 5 December 2014:  6:30 PM til late
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Dreams of the Rat Race 1 (No Exit), 2014, projected digital video

(if video doesn’t auto-play, click to watch vimeo here:  https://vimeo.com/112634742 )

Dream of the Rat Race 1 (No Exit), 2014, projected digital video, 2:23 (looped)

A short looping video in which I engage with this office space as my memory of my own prior office career… That 20 years always felt like kind of a trap, or like Sartre’s “no exit”… The viewer can be part of this nightmare; as they stand in front of the projection, their shadow becomes included in the memory of that former life…around and around never really getting anywhere…

Installation view at Office Sessions III: Office Party

curated by Adam Zoltowski

Kelise Franclemont, Installation view of 'Dreams of the Rat Race (No Exit)', 2014, projected digital video, 2:23 mins (looped). Photo credit Kelise Franclemont.
Kelise Franclemont, Installation view of ‘Dreams of the Rat Race (No Exit)’, 2014, projected digital video, 2:23 mins (looped). Photo credit Kelise Franclemont.
Kelise Franclemont, 'Dreams of the Rat Race (No Exit)', 2014, projected video, duration 2:23 (looped), in 'Office Party' as part of 'Office Sessions III', East India docks, London. Photo credit Louise Wheeler.
Kelise Franclemont, ‘Dreams of the Rat Race (No Exit)’, 2014, projected video, duration 2:23 (looped), in ‘Office Party’ as part of ‘Office Sessions III’, East India docks, London. Photo credit Louise Wheeler.

More links and info about Office Party

Exhibition details:  “Office Sessions III” is at Anchorage House, 2 Clove Crescent, E14 2BE (East India on the DLR).

“Office Sessions III” is open to the public on all three floors (4-6) on the following dates:

  • 27 November 2014:  6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 29 November 2014:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • 30 November 2014:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please note there is also a performance piece by Kelise Franclemont scheduled on this date from 11AM, “Right to Movement Rat Race (an exercise in subjectivity and space)”, so look out for the marathon runners (and maybe stick around to cheer them on)!

  • 5 December 2014:  6:30 PM til late
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‘taxi driver dialogue, on highway 1, halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv’, installation for BA Summer Show 2013

From ‘Taxi Driver Dialogue’, 2013, audio and installation, 30 minutes, in 2013 BA Summer Show at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Image courtesy Kelise Franclemont.
From ‘Taxi Driver Dialogue’, 2013, audio and installation, 30 minutes, in 2013 BA Summer Show at Chelsea College of Arts, London. Image courtesy Kelise Franclemont.

‘taxi driver dialogue, on Highway 1 halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv’

2013, installation and digital audio with subtitles, duration 00:30:00 minutes

The listener becomes the conveyor of an unlikely conversation between two taxi drivers that starts and ends somewhere between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and back again.

Watch an excerpt on Vimeo (with subtitles): Chapter 1: Borders and Checkpoints

More links and information about ‘taxi driver dialogue’:

 

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‘broken window’ charcoal-drawn animation is part of 2013 BA grad show – Wimbledon College of Art

Kelise Franclemont, ‘broken window’, 2013, charcoal-drawn digital animation, duration 00:00:22s (looped)

A brief memory of a broken window in Nablus, Palestine. What can be broken, what can be fixed, neither remains.

More links and information about ‘broken window’

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‘Digital Subversion 1 and 2’, 2012, a two-part project curated by Dominic Head

a two-part project/installation curated by Dominic Head, showing new work by artists:

Dominic Head, Debra Singh, and Kelise Franclemont.

Digital Subversion 1:   5 March 2012
Wimbledon College of Art (PSR)
Click here to download the exhibit guide:  DigitalSubversion0001

Kelise Franclemont 'Internet killed the gallery star', 2012, postcard print on paper. Photo credit Dominic Head.
Kelise Franclemont ‘Internet killed the gallery star’, 2012, postcard print on paper. Photo credit Dominic Head.

Head writes:

Kelise Franclemont’s practice expresses the predicament of art in the digital age through a witty manipulation of canonical works of art using the tools available to digital technologies. Internet Killed the Gallery Star (2012) is a subversion of Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa, displayed at the Louvre Gallery, Paris, whereby the figure is morphed, rotated and stretched to appear as a corruption of already broken data streams. Franclemont reduces the size of the portrait to that of a postcard, embellishing it with a frame that one would consider kitsch, given the content and context of the piece. She asks us to consider the relationship between canonical works of art and exclusivity, and points to notions of ubiquity in the understanding of ‘high art’.”

see Head’s blog for more on the exhibit:
http://runninginsquares.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/exhibition-digital-subversions-part-1/

 

 

 


Digital Subversion 2:  14 March 2012
Wimbledon College of Art (Room 213)
Click here to download the exhibit guide:  DigitalSubversion0002

Kelise Franclemont, 'QRitique', 2012, hand-drawing QR code on paper, framed. Image courtesy the artist.
Kelise Franclemont, ‘QRitique’, 2012, hand-drawing QR code on paper, framed. Image courtesy the artist.

“Kelise Franclemont’s second work is at the threshold between canonical works of art and all-encompassing cyberspace. The QR Code has become a common marketing device in the consumption of Western products. Franclemont here uses it as a tool for viewing works of art, making the distinct correllation between the art object and the marketplace.  Viewers must ‘activate’ the work through the technologies of the smartphone, in turn raising concerns as to the ‘exclusivity’ of art and the identity of its audience.  The QR Code becomes therefore a barrier to the truth of the artwork, it becomes the promise of something greater than itself, a link to another world, another space with unforeseeable consequences.”

 

 

Installation View:  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelise72/sets/72157629591760079/show/