Matthew Buckingham Looks to the Future

September 11, 2014

Faculty member Matthew Buckingham's work is currently on display at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as part of The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor, which began in March of this year and will continue through January, 2015. The exhibit aims to capture the work of six visual artists who, with the rapid disappearance of photochemical film, stand out among the group of dedicated filmmakers who choose to use light-sensitive film rather than digital formats, showcasing a mix of atmospheric, documentary and sculptural works, speaking to the past and the future, vision, technology, beauty, faith and even death.Buckingham’s piece, False Future (2007), is a continuous color 16mm film projection with sound, folding chairs, canvas, and steel cable, looped every ten minutes.
Buckingham will also be featured in this year’s La Biennale de Montréal (BNLMTL) as part of an exhibition titled L’avenir (looking forward). A key fixture on the Canadian contemporary art scene for fifteen years, the BNLMTL aims to support the most daring, thought-provoking art practices and curatorial projects while offering the public a diversity of experiences.
L’avenir examines recent developments in contemporary art in relationship to speculation, futurity and the history of future projection, and the currency of projecting into the future. The exhibit runs from October 22, 2014 to January 4, 2015 in Montréal, Québec.

Buckingham has previously shown at ARC / Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among numerous others. Utilizing photography, film, video, audio, writing and drawing, his work questions the role that social memory plays in contemporary life.