Louis Ghost Chair

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Louis Ghost Chair
Admission FREE

Louis Ghost Chair, a new work by Simon Martin, premieres at Bath’s Holburne Museum. This ambitious new work has been jointly commissioned by the Holburne Museum and Film and Video Umbrella.

The film continues a line of subtle and engaging works by Simon Martin which reflect on particular moments and directions in art and design history.  The iconic object at the heart of this short, seventeen minute, film is the classic design of the Louis XV armchair. The film considers the chair’s contemporary afterlife in the form of Philippe Starck’s updated ‘Louis Ghost Chair’. From antique period-piece to modern-day style accessory, the chair’s transition from wood to plastic, from artisan workshop to high-tech assembly line is illuminated with commentary, spoken by a young female actor.

After its premier in Bath Louis Ghost Chair will tour to Collective in Edinburgh, drawing out the cultural and architectural links between the two cities. Louis Ghost Chair runs at the Holburne Museum from 21 January until 15 April 2012 and admission is free.

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Holburne Museum, Bath in association with The Collective, Edinburgh, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland and Elena Hill.
Supported by Arts Council England with additional support from The Henry Moore Foundation. Sponsored by Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University

7.30pm Wednesday 21 March
Artist’s Talk: Simon Martin
In this artist’s talk, Simon Martin expands on the inspiration for his film project Louis Ghost Chair and reflects on the longstanding interest in art and design history that continues to inform his work. Tickets £8 / £6 / £3 BSU students  Tel 01225 388569

7.30pm Thursday 12 April
Ways of Seeing – Screening with Mike Dibb & Gareth Evans
As a companion event to Simon Martin’s artist’s talk on the inspiration for Louis Ghost Chair, he has chosen another classic of its type – John Berger’s documentary ‘Ways of Seeing’ – as a point of reference for his own investigations into the secret lives of objects. In this special screening, Episode One of the original BBC series is introduced by its producer Mike Dibb, and the critic Gareth Evans.
Tickets £8 / £6 / £3 BSU students Tel 01225 388569

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
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