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Josh Wilson: 75,000 Solar Emblems

Josh Wilson’s digressive and labyrinthine performance-lecture 75,000 Solar Emblems studies history, archæology, memory and cinematic time. 

Combining text with an archive of images, video vignettes and found sound, the performance grows outwards from Hollis Frampton’s text A Stipulation of Terms from Maternal Hopi, a fiction disguised as an archæological report about a rudimentary form of proto-cinema found in an underground cave in Mexico. 

75,000 Solar Emblems traverses Istanbul, Catalhoyuk, the Cyclades, Athens and Tehuantepec—as well as the very first mirrors, created in Ancient Anatolia; the cinematic architecture of Bernard Tschumi; Sergei Eisenstein’s montage diagrams, and the archæologists’ LIDAR images as new cinematic technologies.

Selected as part of the Projections open call. 


Josh Wilson (b. 1991 Wirral) is an artist-filmmaker and writer based in London who has recently completed an MA in Experimental Film at Kingston University. His art criticism and essays have been distributed online and in print and he has instigated events with the Newcastle multidisciplinary collective 'Musee Imaginaire', including screenings, gigs, exhibitions, literary walking tours and forums. Wilson is one half of the fictional artist Dennis Isou with artist and choreographer Mark Bleakley. His films, performances and installations have been exhibited, screened or staged with Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Gallery and The Jerwood Gallery in London; A3 Project Space, Birmingham; The Northern Charter, Newcastle; Florence Arts Centre, Cumbria; and The Royal Standard, Liverpool. 

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