Sheena Macrae works the art of compression by playing with our societies' fascination
with speed, entertainment, information and nostalgia. She manipulates the product of
the cultural industries, takes possession of it and, twisting the principle of post-
production, becomes a sort of VJ (Video-Jockey), somewhere between Christian
Marclay and Douglas Gordon, appropriating and parodying standardised forms of
narration, Hollywood clichés or economic constraints underlying all-powerful
Entertainment. Her new wall-based work is founded on the urban film legend that
cinema projectionists will clip their favourite movie frames. She has meticulously
researched this field to find some of these collectors with images that span from Annie
Hall to Brigitte Bardot.
Stereo Alphaville takes the entire script of Goddard’s sci-fi black and white cult film, a
film that hinges on the erasure of emotional language as ways to control the inhabitants
of the futuristic Alphaville. The body of the script’s text weighs heavily on the last three
words “I love you.” Drink has been called the “missing episode” from the TV series
Dallas. Macrae’s re-working starts in the morning and follows through a full day where
the characters ply themselves with alcohol through the difficult pauses until inebriation
“The quality of the epic always resides in a single breathless moment. As if the
universe were anchored by sync points, where for just one video frame, one thirtieth of
a second, all of its truths are revealed in fragmented, incomprehensively overwhelming
glory. It’s an indefinable sentiment, expansive beyond language, residing in the
intangible realms of the metaphysical. A place not unlike your tv screen. Perhaps
Sheena Macrae is a diviner; her ability to extricate the essence from the epic is
uncanny…Like a drug or a diamond, a screen-size cosmos for the taking. Ergonomic,
perfect, and larger than life.” -- © Patricia Ellis, excerpt from Flatpack TV, 2005
Goldsmiths College, University of London, Masters of Fine Art
(Post Graduate Studies Scholarship, British Columbia Arts Council)
Goldsmiths College, University of London, Post Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film/Video
(Helen Pitt Scholarship)
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. Diploma of Fine Arts - Film/Video
Deux ex Machina Musée d'Art Contemporain Val-de-Marne (MAC-VAL), Paris, France.
Curated by Frank Lamy
Sheena Macrae, Raw Space Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. Curated by Robb Kelly
Dallas, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland. Curated by Anton Nikkilä
Retro Continuity, St Paul’s Gallery, London. Curated by Dawn Shorten
Focal 2005, Focal Solo, Ruthin Wales.
Dallas, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA. Curated by Matt Suib
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS:
SynCity, Australian Centre for Photography, Australia touring tba. Curated by Mark Titmarsh
Pulsar 2006 Caracas, TBA, Caracas, Venezuela. Curated by Jean-François Rettig and Nathalie Hénon
All The Critics Love You, Loose Projects, commissioned by d/lux/Media Arts, Sydney, Australia.
Curated by Elizabeth Reidy
The Projection Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool. Curated by Bill Howard
The Suspicion of Beauty: New Romanticism, Basement Art Project.com, Curated by Yu Chen Wang
Bloc Assembly 3, Bloc Gallery, Sheffield. Curated by Bloc members
Wormhole Saloon III, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Curated by Joel Cahen
Musée d'Art Contemporain Val-de-Marne (MAC-VAL) Un dimanche au musée, Paris.
Curated by Frank Lamy , Stephanie Airaud
Car Boot Fair 2006, Old Truman Brewery by Carter Presents, Jamie Robinson, London.
Curated by Ashton and Hayward
Intro out, Xilourgio Mulos Cultural Center, Greece. Official selection
Basement Screen , The Residence, London. Curated by Yu-Chen Wang
Sequence, The SPACE, London. Curated by Mathijs Lieshout and Yu-Chen Wang
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Paris Curated by Jean-François Rettig and Nathalie Hénon
West Space, Melbourne. Curated by Robb Kelly
Avanto Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Curated by Anton Nikkilä
Screening Program, Phatspace, Sydney, Australia. Curated by Tsering Frykman-Glen
ARC Biennial, Raw Space Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. Curated by Robb Kelly
Sequence, de Rode Bioscoop, Amsterdam. Curated by Yu-Chen Wang
Sheena Macrae, Stephen Palmer & Joe Woodhouse, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Remix Suite, This Is Not Art Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle, Australia. Curated by Soda Jerk
Residency Exhibition, Raw Space Gallery, Brisbane Australia. Curated by Robb Kelly.
Out of Darkness, Light House Cinema, Wolverhampton, mac Cinema Birmingham, The Old Market Hall
Cinema, Shrewsbury , Metro Cinema Derby. Curated by Paul Rooney
Imaginaria Festival Internazionale di Cinema Libero*, Conversaro, Italy. Official selection *
Awarded Best International Videoart Prize
XXVII Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow. Official selection
25, Exposure Gallery, Swansea, Wales.
Hermeneutic, The Pool, Curated by Jessica Hill.
Dessins D’Artistes A L’Ecole, Institut Universitaire de Mormation de Maitres, Paris Curated by Frank
Lamy and Philippe Coubetergues. (2005-2008)
Critical Home Video, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta. Curated by David Mabb
Winter Fate, Space, Triangle, London. Curated by Erica Scourti.
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Cinémathèque Françise, Paris, France.
Shapeshifters, M-Projects, Edward Mitterand Paris, France. Curated by Anthony Gross
Draw_Drawing, London Biennale, Gallery 32, London. Curated by Giacomo Picca
Cindarella, Workspace Tower Bridge, London. Curated by Juan Bolivar and Caroline Brockbank
Portabello Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Curated by Portabello Film Festival, J. Barnett
Fleamarket, temporarycontemporary, London. Organised by Anthony Gross
Ready, Steady, Go, Three Colts Gallery, London. Curated by Juan Bolivar and Caroline Brockbank
The Kiosk, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand. Curated by Rosemary Ford
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome 3, IPSO Facto, Nantes, France. Curated by Frank Lamy
Critical Home Video, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Curated by David Mabb
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome 2, Le Cube, Paris. Curated by Frank Lamy
Flying High, Rm303 Achilles House, Auckland, New Zealand.
Curated by S*W*A*B, Dan Arps and Matt Franks
Shortlisted by Sadie Coles, Sadie Coles HQ for Observer Student Artists of the Year
Critical Home Video, Artspace, Peterborough, Canada. Curated by David Mabb
Mirror, Mirror, Gallery 291, London. Curated by Monica Biagioli
Solid Gold, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA. Curated by Matt Suib
Blondes Buy More Peroxide, 1,000,000mph, London. Curated by Juan Bolivar
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome, L’Autra Café, Paris. Curated by Frank Lamy
Blow Up Your TV, York City Art Gallery, York, England. Curated by David Mabb and Janet Hodgson
Eye Jam, Olgilvie Advertising, Canary Wharf, London. Curated by Amy Whitworth, Pernelle Gallery
Portobello Film Festival*, Westbourne Studios, London. Curated by Beth Mears, Bowiearts.
*Nominated for Best Film
Goldsmiths MA Show, Goldsmiths College, London.
Guns and Roses, 86 Brick Lane, London. Curated by Trailer: Juan Bolivar and Caroline Brockbank
Back to Mine, Deptford X, London. Curated by Neil Hammond
Portabello Film Festival Video Night, The Clinic, Soho, London. Curated by J. Barnett
Teeth and Trousers, Cell Project Space, Dalston, London. Curated by Richard Priestley and Millie Miritu
Portabello Film Festival, Portabello Festival, London. Curated by J. Barnett
Becks Futures2 Student Film and Video Festival, ICA, London. Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. Sotheby’s, New York.
Insider Trading, Mandlebrot Hotel, London. Curated by Lisa Prior
Gertrude Contemporary Art, Studio 18 Residency, Melbourne, Australia
St. Paul’s Gallery, Retro Continuity, Public Talk.
Sydney Moving Image Coalition, Lanfranchi's Memorial Discoteque, Screening/Public Talk Series
Raw Space Artist Talk, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Inaugural Residency, Raw Space, Brisbane, Australia
The Elephant Vanishes, University of the Arts, London College of Communication
The Live Programme, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Trent University, Screening/Public Talk Series
Flatpack TV by Patricia Ellis, Retro Continuity Pamphlet
Focal 2005, Focal Solo Catalogue
Pressed for time? GWTW in five, Arts Hub Online magazine
Retro Continuity, Urban Junkies Online magazine
MA Show Catalogue
Artfocus Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 2, Teeth & Trousers Review
Tank, Fall Issue 2001, Insider Trading Review
Assembly Show Catalogue