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Fossil
2019
4K 4:3, 22 mins, surround sound

Performers: Anton Skrzypiciel and Romeu Runa
Director of photography: Mário Melo Costa
Production: Anže Peršin, Stenar Projects
Sound recording: Bernardo Theriaga
Soundtrack and mix: Jon Smeathers
Production assistant: Elise Paixão
This project was commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the exhibition, The National 2019: New Australian Art.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
This project was supported by the Centro Cultural Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisbon
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James Newitt’s video work Fossil (2019) began life as a book written by the artist in late 2017. Before it implicated image and sound and rhythm and pace in the unravelling of its narrative, it was just text on a page. But that’s entirely appropriate, poetically prophetic even. For this work is about language: language as a navigational device and a life raft […]

In the film, this ruptured relationship – this grasping at the edge of intimacy – morphs into a physical struggle between two men, one older than the other. Aggressive but also affectionate, there is a co-dependency here but we’re never sure if (or how) the two are related. As with the book, form remains fragmentary, meaning remains elusive; a voiceover sidesteps its subject.

(extract from text by Isobel Parker Philip).

 
       
     
 



 
     
     
   
     
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
  Installation view, The National: New Australian Art. Art Gallery of New South Wales
Photos: Diana Panuccio, AGNSW