Josh Wilson: 75,000 Solar Emblems

Josh Wilson’s digressive and labyrinthine performance-lecture 75,000 Solar Emblems studies history, archæology, memory and cinematic time.

Combining text with an archive of images, video vignettes and found sound, the performance grows outwards from Hollis Frampton’s text A Stipulation of Terms from Maternal Hopi, a fiction disguised as an archæological report about a rudimentary form of proto-cinema found in an underground cave in Mexico.

75,000 Solar Emblems traverses Istanbul, Catalhoyuk, the Cyclades, Athens and Tehuantepec—as well as the very first mirrors, created in Ancient Anatolia; the cinematic architecture of Bernard Tschumi; Sergei Eisenstein’s montage diagrams, and the archæologists’ LIDAR images as new cinematic technologies.

Selected as part of the Projections open call.

Thursday 2 May 2019
Tyneside Cinema (Gallery)
Book tickets
£6 / £4


Hollis Frampton, (nostalgia)
Detail of a mural at Catalhoyuk showing the hind part of the aurochs, a deer and hunters

Çatalhöyük was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC, and flourished around 7000 BC.

Tehuantepec is a city in the southeast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It is part of the Tehuantepec District in the west of the Istmo Region. The area was important in the pre-Hispanic period as part of a trade route that connected Central America with what is now the centre of Mexico.

Bernard Tschumi is an architect, writer, and educator, commonly associated with deconstructivism. His Manhattan Transcripts took a different approach to received ideas about representation in architectural plans to indicate protagonists’ movements in the architectural ‘stage set,’ and looked more like storyboard or assembly diagram than traditional plan.

“Hollis Frampton is known for the broad and restless intelligence he brought to the films he made, beginning in the early ’60s, until his death in 1984. In addition to being an important experimental filmmaker, he was also an accomplished photographer and writer, and in the 1970s made significant contributions to the emerging field of computer science. He is considered one of the pioneers of what has come to be termed structuralism, an influential style of experimental filmmaking that uses the basic elements of cinematic language to create works that investigate film form at the expense of traditional narrative content. Along with Michael Snow and Stan Brakhage, he is one of the major figures to emerge from the New York avant-garde film community of the 1960s.” —Tom Vick, All Movie Guide Read full version here

Bernard Tschumi, The Manhattan Transcripts Project, New York, Episode 4: The Block (1980-81) © Bernard Tschumi
Cycladic figure

About the artist

Josh Wilson (b. 1991 Wirral) is an artist-filmmaker and writer based in London who has recently completed an MA in Experimental Film at Kingston University. His art criticism and essays have been distributed online and in print and he has instigated events with the Newcastle multidisciplinary collective ‘Musee Imaginaire’, including screenings, gigs, exhibitions, literary walking tours and forums. Wilson is one half of the fictional artist Dennis Isou with artist and choreographer Mark Bleakley. His films, performances and installations have been exhibited, screened or staged with Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Whitechapel Gallery and The Jerwood Gallery in London; A3 Project Space, Birmingham; The Northern Charter, Newcastle; Florence Arts Centre, Cumbria; and The Royal Standard, Liverpool.