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ARTiculations – Blink by Simon Boswell

Image: Simon Boswell, copyright Brian Adams, and Bruce Lee from the Bruce Lee archive.

Free admission
Open to the public

BAFTA-nominated film score composer, producer and musician Simon Boswell will be in conversation with Asia House Head of Arts and Learning Pamela Kember about his ambitious, long term multi-media art project Blink, with footage from films which show a range of prominent figures, from world leaders to celebrities, during the moment that they blink, but slowed down to about two to three frames per second. He then adds his own unique soundtrack. His latest version of the project was screened on the exterior wall of the Hong Kong Convention Centre in 2012, showing additional footage of archival interviews with the late martial arts actor, Bruce Lee who has long held a fascination for the composer.

Boswell has mentioned that “the spirit comes through our eyes”, but by having each figure on the screen viewed at the moment their eyes are closed, as if they are trapped or captured in time, he has distilled the very notion of the portrait, by forcing us to engage in new ways of seeing an ubiquitously familiar face.

Blink is also about the ability to capture the audience’s attention,  questioning how much time we give to looking at say, a painted portrait, to look into detail at those elements that we may also miss when our eyelids close, as part of the brain actually ‘switches off’.

Boswell will discuss the precarious line between entertainment and news and where the world momentarily goes dark, in the blink of an eye.

This event is free but booking is required.


October 17, 2014
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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