Exploring the intersection of cinema, text and sound, Jade Barget, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi and Fabian Saul map out an assemblage of found footage which sets the scene for their three-evening program They breathe, the celestials. The poetic relations between the fragmented material suggest a disorienting and uncertain atlas. Juxtaposing the material to readings, musical interventions and conversation, the performative screening proposes to explore, collectively, the possibility of alternate readings of the material through celestial and cloudy lenses.
They breathe, the celestials. emerges from Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi’s Image List: Actions to Relate to Oneself and The World (2020), a dynamic atlas co-commissioned by Jade Barget for Nottingham Contemporary. Investigating the relationship between media and memory, this atlas renders history as a form of cinematic production. They breathe, the celestials. maps out elemental media, such as the skies and their celestial bodies––the carriers of information since time immemorial. Gazing skywards and subterraneously, we will be thinking of ways of seeing and being when entangled in weather and planetary motions.We will pay particular attention to vision caught in clouds, fog, or mist — compromised ways of seeing asking for uncertain ways of sensing.