the amateurist

Miranda July
USA, 1998
image from the amateurist
Image: The Amateurist

The Amateurist features two figures, both portrayed by the artist, caught in an off-kilter relationship based on a system whose rules, boundaries and ultimate aim remain fascinatingly opaque.

The 'Watcher' views the 'Amateur' via a video surveillance system, suggesting numbers to her and interpreting the Amateur's vague gestures and responses with a mixture of pride, concern and condescension. The Watcher considers herself the ultimate professional - telling us she has been engaged in this activity for four and half years - and yet the emotional intensity she has invested in this eerily empty activity is immediately evident.

Dates   Thursday 9 December 2004 - Sunday 13 February 2005
Admission   Free admission
  • part of the proof exhibition
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