Huw Lemmey on Mathew Wayne Parkin | Writing Highlight

Part of ONE WORK

Mathew Wayne Parkin, 'I believe in you', 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

We’re looking back at the written responses to our ONE WORK series, starting with novelist and artist Huw Lemmeys response to Mathew Wayne Parkins I believe in you’ (2016). Mathew took part in a ONE WORK event with us in February 2021, presenting and discussing their film,​‘I believe in you’ (2016), that examines how the body is mediated in public and on the internet through performance and dance. We commissioned artist and novelist Huw Lemmey to make the first of these new written responses.

Based around a pilgrimage to see a Felix Gonzalez-Torres exhibition in Ireland, I believe in you’ references some of his methodology and aesthetic to explore a post-net private and public. This is then interspersed with interviews from friends, lovers and peers, about their bodies and sexuality within technological mediation, and through dancing in nightclubs.

Huw’s response explores images and ideas arising from​‘I believe in you’, particularly what intimacy might mean when navigated over the internet. Huw’s response takes the reader on a journey, moving through a thread of people, objects and spaces, perspectives and time zones.

While they slept off their headache, he again loaded the hook-up app only half believing he might meet the guy beneath the fountain. He is scrolling, contemplating each of the men as they might appear were they taking off his clothes before him, and is so taken with this digital world he fails to notice the sound of crashing plates and glass from the cafe Mirador beneath the hotel window, where a young man has just taken the handbag from beneath the chair of an absent-minded tourist, an Italian woman from Florence visiting the city for the first time and up to this point charmed with the unspoilt beauty of its crooked old quarter, and attempted to run with the handbag.

–Huw Lemmey responding to Mathew Wayne Parkin’s I Believe in You’

Follow the link below to read or listen to Huw read the text.

Part of ONE WORK

ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.

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