A Secret Understanding

Produced by Forma


Opening: 07.05.2009, 7pm

A Secret Understanding is about the elective affinity between art and music. The exhibition brings together a group of rather personal and yet very differently presented films by various international media artists tackling familiar music titles in unfamiliar interpretations. The films that come out of the process are to some extent disconcertingly detached and yet at the same time extremely intimate takes on the musical originals, covering the whole gamut of visual approaches from animation through video sampling to media art. The exhibition thus provides insight into a range of musical styles behind a public veneer of both sentimentality and a touch of irony.


A Secret Understanding features works by Graham Dolphin, Nick Jordan, Clare Langan, Torsten Lauschman, Erik van Lieshout and Jane and Louise Wilson, amongst others. The works are presented as a looped programme rolling itself through the space of the gallery, some single screen and others diptychs.
The programme was originally curated and produced by Forma in 2007 for an event in Trafalgar Square in London in league with the ICA.



  • The Star Spangled Banner Recurring by Graham Dolphin, with The Star Spangled Banner Recurring performed by Jimi Hendrix Courtesy of the artist and SEVENTEEN
  • Doug Fishbone, with Also Sprach Zarathustra by Eumir Deodato Footage by Billabong Odyssey courtesy Billabong Footage by Shark Park courtesy Greg Huglin Films Footage by Biggest Wednesday, Blackwater and Teahapo's courtesy TB Productions
  • Nick Jordan, with Norwegian Wood by Cornershop
  • Clare Langan, with I Gaer by Sigur Rós Supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
  • Oliver Laric, with versions of Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Torsten Lauschmann, with Sway by Dean Martin and Julie London (Rip-Off Artist Remix)
  • o/68 by Lia and @c, from O Superman (for Massenet) by Laurie Anderson
  • Erik van Lieshout, with Kingdom Come by Jay-Z
  • Jane and Louise Wilson, with Who Knows Where The Time Goes by Cat Power
  • Am I Relapsing? by Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, with Everyone's Got to Learn Sometime by Beck

All films produced by Forma and commissioned by ICA for Beck's Fusions, 2007; total running time approx. 45 mins.


In cooperation with springnine



For visitors of the festival the Kunsthaus Graz offers a reduced ticket for € 2.50


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