Paul Pfeiffer’s “The Saint”

Posted: December 18, 2007 in All and Sundry, Art Attacks, commentary, video art
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I was surfing the Web last night and I chanced upon a news article on E-flux about my friend, international video artist Paul Pfeiffer’s latest work in Wembley Stadium entitled “The Saints,” which ran on September 28-October 28, 2007.The write-up says:


“Wembley Stadium lies at the heart of Englands image of itself. Builtfor the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, the original stadium hostedmany momentous events which form part of the collective memory of thenation — sporting contests and mass rallies — moments of greatnational remembrance and rejoicing.The opening of the new national stadium at Wembley in 2007 has been thecatalyst for a major new sound and video installation for Artangel bythe leading US artist Paul Pfeiffer. Presented in a vast empty buildingwhich stands in the shadow of the new stadium, and on the footprint ofthe original Empire Exhibition, The Saintscelebrates one vital element of the stadium — the crowd. Pfeiffer isintrigued by the multitudes who flock to the stadium to watch and cheerand worship, to lose themselves and find themselves in mass communionwith their heroes on the field of play.” more.

It would be interesting to see this piece as I have listened to him talk about it when he was here a few years back. All was left for my imagination to make sense of the verbal descriptions. But nothing beats getting to witness the realization of such plans. I wonder how he recorded the voices of young Filipinos chanting and cheering. How was he able to re-create that momentous event in Wembley with the help of Filipinos who might or might not be aware of Wembley’s existence in the first place? No memory of such event. No awareness of even the significance of football in UK history.

I am wondering.

On another note, Pet and I finally were able to shoot a few clips for our new video art piece. Unfortunately, we were stopped by a security guard right on the set. The joke “we’re going to go guerilla on this” almost became a distasteful reality. I don’t know if I should be ashamed or not. But one thing’s for sure, I had so much FUN after, pizza, conversations and retelling and all. For more on the story, read Moonjunkie.

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