The One Minutes Series for November and December is curated by artist Madison Bycroft. The selected videos are a response to Bycroft’s open call on the topic of doublespeak, duplicity and deception: Forked Tongue.
To speak with a forked tongue, to say one thing but mean something else, is an idiom that itself has a bifurcated history.
It might be possible to read a forked tongue as one that approaches with caution and allows for syntactic uncertainty, an interpretation that moves in multiple directions, performs numerous gestures, and at times sits still. And so how to write in two directions? How to evade a single sense? Instead of containing things within specified boundaries or capacities a space opens for an active non-knowing impulse.
A pun, a code, writing in invisible ink, doublespeak, a city in a city.
But it is also understood that to speak with a forked tongue is to lie: A statement is made, a static viewpoint pledged, a public politic is performed and an ideology is promised, here, only to be broken, and undone. This is the realm of deception, ethical inconsistencies, double standards and betrayal, where thin, fleeting promises benefit only the promiser.
Madison Bycroft (1987, Kaurna Yerta/Adelaide, Australia) is an artist based in Marseille, France. They are a graduate of the MFA programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2016). Working with video, sculpture and performance, Madison Bycroft’s current interests extend into forms of reading and writing, expression and refusal. The politics of illegibility and legibility are explored through language and material, asking how ‘sense’ is framed by historical contexts, terrestrial bias, and structures of power.
The One Minutes
The One Minutes Foundation produces and distributes one-minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. The One Minutes is active at the forefront of international contemporary art, as well as in education and welfare. It has exhibited internationally, including at Power Station of Art (CN), National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavík (IS) and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (USA). Every two months, The One Minutes Foundation puts out a new series of 60-second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with the moving image. Send in your videos and participate in the project!