Michael Fortune / ‘We Invented Halloween’
4 March 2010 18:00
Thursday 4th March, 6-9pm
We invented Halloween is a five-channel installation recorded on Halloween night, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the artist’s family home in rural County Wexford. Each year a central activity of the night involves the artist’s mother dressing up in an improvised manner with anything that will disguise her identity, and calling to his granny’s house, which is next door. Prior to calling to the house we see his mother getting dressed, with the aid of his sisters, who dress and undress her with layers of coats, socks, tights and plastic masks. The work, which involves long, hand-held takes, follows her along the road and into the grannies house. In both recordings she is unaware of her identity, thinking instead that she is one of her great grand children. Each of the five films finishes when his mother leaves the house, happy that she has fooled his granny once again.
Previously this work has only been presented as a three-channel work, however the artist has produced the five-channel version for the Catalyst show.