NOW and Then
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As a way of approaching the question of the relationship between cinema and moving image installation, this chapter is devoted to a single filmmaker, Chantal Akerman, and to the exhibition, NOW, a major show of her installation work, held at Ambika P3 in London. This exhibition of seven installations drew on work from several decades and ranged across three continents, exploring a life informed by migration and mobility; the filmmaker’s death a few weeks before the opening changed it into a commemoration of this life. Akerman’s standing as a cinema auteur and the powerful spatial and temporal dynamics in her films make her installation work a particularly rich case study in hybrid moving image forms between the cinema and the gallery. The exhibition, on which she collaborated, gives spatio-temporal form to the major themes of her work and the ways it was shaped by her history.
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