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Second Sundays #9 – Graham Kelly – Skull Island & YoungEun Kim
15/12/2018 - 17:00-18:00 (doors 16:30)


Graham Kelly – Skull Island Parts 1&2
+ YoungEun Kim: Red Noise Visit (2018)

NB: This event exceptionally takes place on a Saturday.
16h30 : Doors
17:00 YoungEun Kim (short film screening)
17:20 Graham Kelly (video lecture / listening session)
Drinks until 20:00


For its 9th iteration, Second Sundays invites Brussels based artists Graham Kelly to present material relating to his video lecture series Skull Island. Accompanied by a short pre-program by current Q-O2 resident YoungEun Kim who presents her short film ‘Red Noise Visit’ (2018).

Skull Island is a series of works that seek to define an abstract image space. Situated somewhere between film, lecture and performance, each instalment utilises the fictional islands from King Kong and its various remakes as points of reflection of the social and political conditions of the eras in which each was conceived. Each version of the island acts as a container for the insidious ideology of the original 1933 film which is adapted and carried through into the present day.

Part I compares the tangibility of the island in the original 1933 King Kong to the CGI environment rendered for the 2005 Peter Jackson remake, opening up wider questions of the potential for subversion in contemporary digital image making technologies.

Part II examines the setting for the 1976 remake in which the camera crew in search of Kong is replaced by a petrochemical company in search of oil. Produced and set during the dawn of neoliberal policy, this version is discussed in relation to the rise of entrepreneurship, individualism, and a proposed formation of a collective, yet physically isolated, state of fear.

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Second Sundays

Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

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