LUX is pleased to present an online exhibition of Lucy Clout’s latest video work ZZZ (2020) accompanied by a newly commissioned text by Elena Gorfinkel.
ZZZ (2020) is described by the artist as a ‘nocturnal work’. Within the video we hear a tired voice-over reading across her incomplete notes during the night. The voice-over moves back and forth between lucid and opaque speech, blending description, anecdote and fact into a looping disorientated monologue.
Language is just one material within the piece, no more significant than the ceramics or jewellery within the video: the spoken word is not proposed as any more articulate than those objects either. Language is under stress in ZZZ. The title sets up the tone of the video but is also used as a filler phrase by the voice-over to highlight places in her notes or memory that she needs to go back to.
Read Elena Gorfinkel’s essay weary of the screen: Lucy Clout’s nocturnal thinking here
Lucy Clout is a London based artist whose videos use technology and pop culture to examine loneliness, intimacy and kinship. The works produce and reproduce minor (disposable or insignificant) speech to examine embodiment, longing and historically gendered performance. Recent projects include forthcoming new work for flatness.eu (2019). In 2015 she was awarded the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella award. Recent exhibitions include Solvent Magazine, The Gymnasium, Berwick as part of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (2018), Jerwood Space, London, CCA, Glasgow (2015) and Limoncello, London (2016). Recent screenings include Raven Row, Tate Britain and Anthology Film Archives, New York (all 2017).