This Nameless Spectacle (art work)

Jeppe Bødskov

This Nameless Spectacle (art work)

This Nameless Spectacle by artist Jesper Just is presented on two massive panoramic screens that face each other. The action is mirrored and split between the two screens and protagonists, bouncing from one to the other. This choreography intended to wholly envelop the viewer in both the imagery and the narrative, simultaneously rendering the viewer a witness and an important player in the action; therefore subjectively creating the narrative depending on the viewer’s gaze, attention and physical situation i the exhibited space.

This Nameless Spectacle takes its title from American poet William Carlos Williams’ poem The Right of Way. In this poem Williams describes the fascination with which we observe anonymous actions, the “nameless spectacles” which surround us every day, everywhere.

Jesper Just lives and works in New York. His work is permanently represented in the collections of the Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Tate Modern (London) and Louisiana (Humlebæk), in addition to many others. Just also represented Denmark at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy in 2013.

Jesper Just uses codes and signs from the world of film to point to particular things you might not find in the popular cultural mainstream context of film. His technicality and scale of production of his films, Just breaks with previous traditions of low budget and documentary style art film and puts forth a new style, more reminiscent of Hollywood blockbusters rather than the historical art film.