mission: untitled (blue) 1999

Above and first image below, as seen in ‘Projections’ at the David Pestorius Gallery, Berlin, in 1999. The painting, Kaiserdamm bag and There: Contemporary Art Magazine components of the sculptuation all feature in a film ‘mission: untitled (blue)’. The grid of orange circles on the cover of There is a plan view of a Berlin underpass. The dashed line and arrow show where, in the film, the lost object — the blue painting — can be found leaning against one of the underpass’ orange pillars, reached by getting off at the Kaiserdamm station. Thanks go to Robert Forster from The Go-Betweens for allowing the inclusion of ‘Long Lonely Day’ from The Lost Album. The sculptuation was re-exhibited at ACCA, Melbourne, in 2001. The object furniture for each screening was handmade by Gail Hastings.

A storyboard rendition of the film, below.

mission: untitled (blue) 1999 first appeared in projections at the David Pestorius Gallery, Berlin, in 1999. mission: untitled (blue) is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes a 16mm film (transferred to video), acrylic on canvas, polyvinyl and felt (Kaiserdamm bag), ink on paper ('There: Contemporary Art Magazine'), lamplight (for reading), and acrylic on wood (screening tables and chairs), measuring, overall, 7 minutes and 48 seconds — the film's duration — replayed.

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sound: cassette being loaded into tape player, play button pressed, music:

(voice of Robert Forster): It’s been a long, lonely day . . . /  he was sentenced / for ten years / for stealing food / from his peers / ‘cause I feel / like a boy / who’s suddenly been destroyed / It’s been a long, a long, lonely day . . .

music interrupted — voice over: Sorry for the interruption, but here are your instructions. Listen carefully. Control is taking a special interest in this one, so don’t get it wrong. Your mission is to reclaim a lost object from an already assigned drop-off point. The location will be disclosed as you progress towards it. It’s dangerous, but a lot of planning has gone into this one. It should go smoothly. But just in case it doesn’t, you know what to do. This mission is known under the code name . . .

Exhibitions
16/03/2001 mission: untitled (blue), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (cur. Stuart Koop), Melbourne
21/04/1999 projections, David Pestorius Gallery, Berlin