Nova Paul – Notes on Props and Gesture
Site Number: 25
Site Location: Archies All Day, 189 Gertrude st
Artwork Title: Notes on Props and Gesture
Artist: Nova Paul
Notes on Props and Gesture is made from the extensive home movies of the Gadini Family from as early as the 1920s, held in the film archive Cinescatti at Lab80 Bergamo, Italy. The archive is devoted to family films from the region of Brescia, North Italy. The film is a study on family life and expression through the movies of the Gadini family. Much of the family footage is of games and plays they fall into when the camera is running. Sometimes staged and sometimes seemingly spontaneous ,what emerges is a dialogue between gesture, props, each other and the camera. The performances are both contrived and impromptu, a reflection on intimacy and the inner life and language that comes from being familia.
Nova Paul’s film-making practice draws from early cinema, experimental film histories and Fourth Cinema discourses to consider the poetics and politics of place and time, self-determinacy and the role of storytelling.
Highlights of Nova’s film screenings include: This is not Dying, (2010) has screened at Imaginary Dateline, Artspace in Venice, Venice, 2015; George Pompidou Centre, France, 2011; Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2011; New Zealand International Film Festival, 2010; and City Gallery Wellington, 2010. Pink and White Terraces (2006) programming includes 2009-2010International Touring Program; Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fondacion Proa, Buenos Aires; The Institute for the Readjustment of Clocks hosted by The Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bérgamo; City Gallery, Wellington; and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. Her recent film commission, Still Light (2015) screened at London Film Festival (2015) and IFFR and Rencontres Internationales: Paris and Berlin (2016)
Nova co-edited PLACE: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) which examines how new media has influenced our attachment to place and Form Next to Form Next to Form (Dent De Leone, UK, 2012).
Nova is a senior lecturer at AUT University and she is undertaking a PhD with Waikato University, New Zealand.