Centro Cultural

Exhibitions. Art and Research 2011


March 2 - June 17, 2012

The Cast
     Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner, Edwina Ashton, Adam Chodzko, Côme Ciment,
     Winnie Cott, Jess Flood-Paddock, Anthea Hamilton, Donna Huddleston,
     Germaine Kruip, Jacopo Miliani
     And featuring Orson Welles: The One Man Band, by Vassili Silovic and Oja Kodar

     Curated by Rosie Cooper and Ariella Yedgar

Montehermoso, a centre for contemporary art.
A group show around themes of rehearsal, repetition and version.
The exhibition space is imagined as the belly of a great white whale.


     You are entering an exhibition concerned with rehearsal and its related notions of version, repetition and failure. As a ‘controlled
     form of chaos’ or ‘unfinalised potential’ ( to paraphrase Robert Baker-White and Roland Barthes, respectively),  the works
     brought together here create a psychological space that constantly denies the viewer a final conclusion.

     When used as a strategy, the rehearsal foregrounds that which takes place on the periphery and that may be obscured by
     presenting a polished piece – principally, the untidy process of thought and consideration. Similarly, this show shines the
     spotlight away from the finished product and onto the open-ended, experimental, hidden or doubtful.

     Côme Ciment imagines a future version of this exhibition that takes place underwater in 2059; Donna Huddleston's Smoke
     Garden comprises a series of objects made in preparation for a performance about women, featuring the musical triangle;
     Adam Chodzko has recorded 'actors' working silently on stage and pressed the material into a vinyl record that is played
     throughout the exhibition space; and Anthea Hamilton's sculptural screens made of knotted rope and steel were inspired by
     John Huston's film version of Moby Dick (1956). On the opening night, Jacopo Miliani will present Actors, a work for two
     performers standing too far apart to be heard at once. As well as the works contained within the gallery, the exhibition features
     a radio programme in three parts by Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner.

     The title of the exhibition takes inspiration from Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Moby Dick, of which he directed and
     appeared in at least three different adaptations: once on stage – in a play about a rehearsal of a stage adaptation of the novel
     – and twice in related, and uncompleted, film projects.

     ‘In the Belly of the Whale (Act III)’ follows two previous versions (or rehearsals) of the project: a four-person exhibition in
     London, titled ‘In the Belly of the Whale’, and an advertisement for a future exhibition that includes a fantasy cast and appeared
     in Monaco magazine (both 2011).

The Space

     It is said that Welles considered the theatre hall of his play to be the belly of the whale in which the actors are unwittingly trapped,
     and for this exhibition, the distinctive and vast gallery space of Montehermoso – the former water tank for the city – becomes the
     metaphorical belly of the whale: its columns and arches reminiscent of a ribcage and the proscenium arches suggesting a
     traditional theatre. It is a framework for a show featuring works of film, sound, performance installation and sculpture.


     Jesse Ash and Cally Spooner's Moveable Column will be broadcast live on Resonance FM at the following times:

     - Tuesday 3 April, 20:00–21:00
     - Tuesday 15 May, 20:00–21:00
     - Thursday 7 June, 20:00–21:00

     Jacopo Miliani's Actors will be performed once at the beginning of the exhibition, at 21:00 on 2 March at
     Montehermoso, and once at the end.


in the belly of the whale

In collaboration with: Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes.

Ministerio de Cultura
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