Felix Melia: Golden Spike, Magic Hour

  • Felix Melia, MOVING SICKNESS, 2015 (still)

    Felix Melia, MOVING SICKNESS, 2015 (still)

Past Event


This event was on Thu 7 Apr, 7pm

Felix Melia presents Golden Spike, Magic Hour, the second of three performances as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence.

Exploring how ritual relates to the rules of contemporary communication, the event takes its name from the ‘Golden Spike’ re-enactment, which happens every summer in Utah, U.S. The weekly re-enactment marks the completion of the world’s first transcontinental railroad nearly 150 years ago at Promontory Summit.

Extracting and expanding elements of his film ‘Ozu’s Arsehole’, screened in the first event of his Whitechapel Gallery residency, Melia gives a live reading of a new text. Playing with the architecture of the room, and using walls, images, screens, and sound, he presents a spatial experience, recalling a journey, the body and stilted telephone conversations.

Find out more about the Whitechapel Gallery’s Writer in Residence programme.

About Felix Melia

London-based artist Felix Melia is Whitechapel Gallery’s Writer in Residence until June 2016.

Using video, text and installation, Melia examines the conflict between our first-hand experiences and the narratives we use to represent them. Over a series of events Melia explores how changes in a virtually-inclined world impact on our bodies and the places we live; reflecting on the relationship between physical  and social movement, the abstraction of self and the shifting nature of representation.

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