Artist Talk: Charlie Murphy

EXHIBITION EVENT: Friday 12 February 2010, 6.30pm-9.00pm

Charlie Murphy will present a short artist talk about The Anatomy of Desire, followed by a live performance of the commissioned score by Jorge Queijo. A book launch and reception will be held in the Gallery from 8.00pm.


A coach will run from Bournemouth train station to the text+work, The Gallery at 6pm and will return to Bournemouth train station for 9pm. Booking for the coach is essential as spaces are limited. Please contact The Gallery Office to book a seat. / 01202 363272 to book a ticket.

The last train to arrive in Bournemouth from London Waterloo for 6.00pm will leave at 3.25pm, arriving at 5.23pm. The returning train leaves Bournemouth at 9.12pm and will arrive in London Waterloo at 11.23pm. Information on trains correct on 14/01/10.

THE ANATOMY OF DESIRE brings together over ten years work and research into a variety of expressions of desire. Since 1999, Murphy has been asking participants to donate casts of kisses and other intimate spaces to her project and has collected them from all over the world through her trademark ‘kiss-in’ events and open invitations. Asking couples, friends, and strangers to hold their pose for 90 seconds, she subsequently transforms their casts into glass sculptures through elaborate mould making processes.

Detailed impressions, taken using a fine dental casting material, are transformed through a series of positive and negative mould making processes into a wide range of forms that examine the intricate dynamics of each moment through the magnifying qualities of the glass.

Murphy has collected over 100 kiss casts through a touring live art event- the ‘kiss-in’ and this amazing collection to present an extraordinary survey of the kiss – from the inside.

Capturing the revealing and tender encounters of participating couples, strangers and groups of friends as they hold their kiss for a minute and half – an exciting new video will also present a mesmerising insight into the act and dynamics of the kiss – from the outside.

Animating the video material through percussive, electronic and choral instrumentation, composer Jorge Queijo will create a rich musical score that will conceptualise the sound of kissing and present an live performance at the exhibition event. The exhibition is complemented by a publication with three incisive texts by Luce Irigaray, Alistair Gentry, and Leonore Tiefer.

For more information on the exhibition and opening times, see the related post Charlie Murphy: The Anatomy Of Desire


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