I spent a significant amount of time watching Simon Martin’s Untitled film commission for GI at the Kelvingrove.
He has three screens situated throughout the museum. These little pockets of contemporary art amongst displays of taxidermy and historical culture are intriguing and run parallel with the content of the film.
Martin’s video shows books pages of archival objects such as Greek sculptures and artefacts. Apples, lemons, cigarettes, a frog a and a funnel are placed onto the page of the book, distorting the images underneath. Every so often a hand will tweak the apple as if satisfying a compositional mispositioning.
And it speaks so subtly and yet loudly of the often irrational nature of personal collections, the assignation of value, and the relevance of context.