We Are and Are Not

Clodagh Emoe

Description

We Are and Are Not develops from an exercise, a term Emoe uses to describe her event-based participatory works. We Are and Are Not was made in participation with the Sligo Film Club and the local community. This film documents the group gathered to watch a public lecture by the thinker Jiddu Krishnamurti that was screened in the gallery space. We Are and Are Not was installed in the same space were the screening took place. We Are and Are Not blurs the distinction between the performer and the viewer, the self and the other.

We Are and Are Not responds to the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti was discovered as a very young boy by the theosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater. He was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization. Krishnamurti’s interests included psychological revolution, the nature of mind and meditation. He believed radical change was necessary for society and this could only take place through revolution in the psyche of every human being. He maintained that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.

“If you are taught how to observe, you cease to observe. Then you have merely the technique of observation, which prevents you from actually seeing.” Ojai 3rd Public Talk 5th November 1966

Details
Title

We Are and Are Not

Year

2015

Creator

Clodagh Emoe

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Performance

Subject

Jiddu Krishnamurti; gathering; participation; event; exercise; identity; ego; self; other

Language

None

Duration

00:12:28

Original format

Digital HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Silent

Rights

Clodagh Emoe

Artist website

http://www.clodaghemoe.com

Link to work

https://vimeo.com/458513703