Recent Work by Donigan Cumming

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | April 10, 2003

Thursday, April 10, 2003, 8pm

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Donigan Cumming in person!

Essentially documentary in nature, Donigan Cumming’s work incorporates photography, sound, video and installation.  His work is routinely unsettling and wrought with unexpected turns and complex characters.  Cumming has succeeded in establishing a documentary method that breaks away from the illusion of objectivity.  In the words of video scholar Edward Morose, “Cumming’s intent […] is to take reality wherever he finds it and rework, restage and then, through the language of documentary, present it as real.  In readily threatening our values and perceptions, Cumming’s photography of engagement reflects the theater of Beckett and Ionesco, Brecht and Artaud.”  Tonight, Cumming shares with us recent work, including the acclaimed My Dinner With Weegee (2001), a story of friendships which juxtaposes an old New York activist with Cumming as he enters his 54th year.  Also included in the program are Voice:Off (2003), the autobiography of a forgotten man who uses a video camera as his prosthesis, and the romantic story of an old soldier’s regrets, Cold Harbor (2003). Co-presented with Video Data Bank. 1999—2003, Donigan Cumming, Canada, 91 min, video.

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