Together with Gareth Evans, film curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London, the artist duo Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond take a look at both visual and narrative perspectives. The occasion for their investigation is the publication of their new book, Hasn’t it been a great journey so far?, in which Anderwald + Grond collect and review their creative work since 1999.
In The Eye and the Mind (1964), Maurice Merleau-Ponty writes: “There is that which reaches the frontal properties of the visual, but there is also that which reaches it from below—the profound postural latency where the body raises itself to see—and that which reaches vision from above, like the phenomena of flight, of swimming, of movement, where it participates no longer in the heaviness of origins but in free accomplishments.”
Anderwald + Grond, rest., 1999, 3 min 56 s
Runa Islam, Empty the Pond to Get the Fish, 2008, 12 min 8 s
Philipp Fleischmann, Main Hall, 2013, 5 min 8 s
Anderwald + Grond, Contemplations, 2010, 15 min 35 s
Anne Charlotte Robertson, Going to Work, 1981, 6 min 45 s (Distribution : Cinédoc Paris Films Coop)
Catherine Yass, Lighthouse, 2011, 12 min 42 s
Hasn’t it been a great journey so far? Film Works Anderwald + Grond, 1999–2013, book design: Christian Hoffelner, Spector Books, Leipzig.
Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond live in Vienna.
Exhibitions/screenings (selection): FWF-Peek Projekt AR-224, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2014-2017); Trees are Companions, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Camera Solaris, CCA-Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011).
Gareth Evans is an author, curator, and presenter and also film curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London. He programs PLACE, an annual transdisciplinary festival (Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk, GB) and is co-director of Artevents.