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Action Diana at The Academy JMU by Ian Jackson in (7 March 2009)

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Ian Jackson at Action Diana, JMU Liverpool

Here’s me receiving direction for my very small acting part in this recreation of the 1965 film Diana. I’m Mr Glass smoking a cigar. Mrs J also took part, it was good fun but with the likes of us hamming it up I’m not sure how good the finished product will be, we’ll see later in the year.

Minako Jackson in Action Diana

You can take part by calling into JMU Academy on Thursday or Friday afternoons or at FACT on Saturdays. Full details below.


Ian Jackson,


Action Diana by the Centre of Attention at JMU Academy and FACT
5 March to 4 April 2009
Action Diana is at once an exhibition, a performance and a chance to see the artist at work. For Action Diana, the Centre of Attention will be onsite for the duration of the show/work to produce a feature film casting the public as the characters throughout. The exhibition hall becomes a set, a production meeting venue, a group show with other artists’ works selected as the backdrop. Fine art combines with film, performance and story-telling in what the Centre of Attention calls a ‘hot installation’.

The contemporary exhibition as a display of inert, finished product has run its course. For the Centre of Attention, the moment of the exhibition is a locus for intellectual and aesthetic play and experiment as well as the opportunity to generate together material to work on at a future date.

It is a productive site. The Centre of Attention’s interest lies in the act of marshalling the elements that an exhibition situation provides and create without physical fabrication. In this instance, to use the audience members as the unruly material in the artist’s hands to make a film which is both a documentation, a series of portraits and an art work. By pushing participation and installation to absurdity the audience has been dematerialised.

The footage produced is a document of a number of performances in the gallery space. The work suggests a notion of the poverty of video art against the wealth of art in the movie.

The work in progress will be screened in the gallery and on the internet daily to further emphasise the battle between artist and viewer to consume one another. The artist consumes the resources of the infrastructure for its own ends, while pretending it is for your benefit and your entertainment.