John Conomos

www.johnconomos.com
Cementa Artwork at Kandos Museum

Paging Mr Hitchcock

Materials | Video (colour, sound, 12 minutes)

Paging Mr Hitchcock is my video performance homage work dedicated to Hitchcock’s enduring cinema of suspense. I am seen addressing the filmmaker while holding a mask of his face. The first part is an assemblage of Hitchcock’s famous cameo appearances in his own films. The second part is my own performance in a long-take sequence. The video was shot in a studio with a red epic camera.

1. John Conomos, Performance as Mr Hitchcock with face mask, Part 2, 2016. Sound, colour, black and white video, 9 minutes.
1. John Conomos, Performance as Mr Hitchcock with face mask, Part 2, 2016. Sound, colour, black and white video, 9 minutes.
John Conomos's bio:

John Conomos is a Sydney-based artist, critic and writer who is an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. With a focus on the ‘in-between’ spaces, contexts and links between contemporary art, cinema, critical theory, and literature, he had been internationally exhibiting his autobiographically inflected art since the 80s. A prolific critic and writer he has contributed to many academic conferences, symposia, and forums around the world, many in collaboration with Professor Brad Buckley. In 2016 he collaborated with Steven Ball on Deep Water Web, for Furtherfield Gallery, London.

As an artist and writer of over 30 years, my work is principally ekphrastic in nature as I believe that art and writing is a dialogue with the past for the present and future. In the words of the poet Rilke, the artist is ‘a bearer of cultural memory.’ Consequently, art and writing that does not seek to account for the ideological power of one’s official culture is, for me, strictly decorative in essence. Whether it is video, new media, performance, directoral photography, installation, or radio art, much of it contains complex traces of the autobiographical anchored in one’s childhood and the biographical trajectory of one’s life.

2. John Conomos, Alfred Hitchcock walk-on cameo in The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock 1963).  photo Ian Hobbs
2. John Conomos, Alfred Hitchcock walk-on cameo in The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock 1963). photo Ian Hobbs