Artist in Residence
Festival dei Due Mondi
08.07, 17.00–20.00, Sala Pegasus, Piazza Bovio, 1
Grace Weir: For every line, a point not on it.
We host the premiere of artist film-maker Grace Weir’s new film For every line, a point not on it. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Alessandra Bonomo, the film takes the Eremo Santa Maria Maddalena as its starting point, an historic convent near Spoleto which became a site of fervent artistic activity when it was bought by Lorenzo and Marilena Bonomo…
Artist film-maker Grace Weir participated in our Artists’ Books Program in 2018. She returned to Spoleto in 2021 to start work on a new film, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Alessandra Bonomo, which takes the Eremo Santa Maria Maddalena as its starting point. The Eremo is an historic convent on Monteluco, the hillside overlooking Spoleto, and became a site of fervent artistic activity when it was bought by Lorenzo and Marilena Bonomo. In 1971 Marilena, mother of Alessandra and a pioneering gallerist, invited Sol LeWitt to stay in the house with Mel Bochner and while there, they created a number of unique artworks directly on its walls.
Grace’s output ranges from film and installation to experimental videos, lecture-performances and web projects. These are concerned with the nature of ideas and the ways in which thinking is materialised, so that the work often refers to the act of its own making and the mediums in which it is made. She has a particular interest in scientific phenomena and the ways we construct, rationalise and experience time, and her work is informed by conversations and experiments with scientists, philosophers and practitioners from other disciplines. Weir was Artist-in-Residence in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, 2013-15. She represented Ireland at the 49th International Venice Biennale and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2016 and Laure Genillard London in 2017. Grace provides a synopsis of her film:
For every line, a point not on it
‘For every line, a point not on it’ is a filmic trajectory of the artistic and historical inclinations of a tree covered mountain in Monteluco in Italy. Tracing out spatial contours and connected temporalities, the film travels from the cave of a hermit, through a former monastery that became a home for the Bonomo family and artists retreat, upwards to a sacred wood at the mountain top dedicated to Jupiter. In 1971 at the former monastery, Marilena Bonomo invited Sol LeWitt to stay with Mel Bochner and while there, they created a number of unique artworks directly on its walls. Traversing different theories of vision from the Renaissance to Conceptual Art, the film surveys, within the topology of a specific place and its landscape of artistic practices, the geometrical orientation of representation at the intersection of nature and culture.