Hafsah Naib

‘Creative Systems’ that lay bare video production methods switching roles between participant & collaborator.

By Lee Isherwood | September 5th '11

Cornerhouse Manchester until Sun 11 Sep
Edition #3: The Hafsah Naib Video Systems

For the third installment of Edition, the Cornerhouse annual month-long exhibition which acts as a testing ground for innovation and cross-disciplinary collaborations, a new commission by Hafsah Naib. Naib devises ‘creative systems’ that lay bare video production methods, allowing her and others to switch roles between audience member, participant and collaborator.

Following the artist’s open call requesting ideas for a tiny film, three were selected for realisation. Visitors to the gallery will follow a path that unpicks the process behind this experience: from screen test to production, editing and exhibition, exploring the fascinating yet uneasy interplay of shared authorship and artistic intent.

The final cut of the resulting footage is viewed alongside one-way mirrored screens, drawing parallels with surveillance techniques and urging a complicit and conscious participation in the act of viewing.

Hafsah Naib graduated in contemporary fine art from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002, and has since worked locally and regionally developing work for and with audiences at Castlefield Gallery, National Media Museum, and Lanternhouse International. She has presented at regional and international conferences in the UK, Japan and Australia, with schedules planned for USA and Hungary in 2011.