Jerwood FVU

Emma Hart

As one of the four artists shortlisted for the initial development stage of the inaugural Jerwood/FVU Awards, Emma Hart created an endearingly makeshift sculptural installation entitled Monuments to the Unsaved. Not knowing what tomorrow might consign to the waste-bin, or what it might memorialise, Hart’s assemblage of domestic objects and everyday ephemera had both a throwaway humour and a disarmingly affecting presence. 

The work was exhibited at Jerwood Space, London, 14 March - 22 April 2012.


FLASH BACK (Monument to the Unsaved #1), 2012
Continuous loop
HD video, mixed media

Emma Hart presents a modified television that provides different viewing and access points to saved and unsaved items, including Hart’s 1989 appearance on the quiz show Blockbusters in 1989, which her father taped over shortly afterwards with the film ‘Moonraker’. This is a model for saving and is to be multiplied…

A television with appendages will pipe an oral proposition; we must make new. Looks to be sucked in, and words to be spat out. Strike out and tape over. Wipe away the old tears and make it thick instead. Then fast-forward or rewind (you choose) to predict the notes, lists and instructions that will always be needed. File and Save. We will need to go over it again.

FLASH BACK (Monument to the Unsaved #1) was commissioned as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards: Tomorrow Never Knows, a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Film and Video Umbrella in association with CCA, Glasgow. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.

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Jerwood Space, 14 March – 22 April 2012

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