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Patrick Staff

Weed Killer

Patrick Staff

Weed Killer

Patrick Staff, Weed Killer (2017) Film still, courtesy the artist

Patrick Staff

Spike Film and Video are proud to have been involved in the production of a new film, Weed Killer by artist Patrick Staff, commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Patrick Staff, a Spike Island alumni artist, presented his video installation Weed Killer (2017) at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) from 12 March to 3 July 2017. The work is inspired by artist-writer Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness (2004) – a moving and often irreverent account of the author’s experience of cancer.

“I was initially taken by Catherine’s descriptions of the semiotic transformations her body underwent throughout cancer treatment. It resonated with how I have thought about the semiotics of my own trans body.” – Patrick Staff interviewed by curator Sara Cluggish

At the heart of Weed Killer is a monologue – adapted from Lord’s moving and often irreverent book – in which an actress reflects upon the chemically induced devastation of chemotherapy. This monologue is intertwined with comparatively otherworldly sequences, including choreographic gestures shot with high-definition thermal imaging. Presented as an immersive installation, Weed Killer suggests a complex relationship to one’s own suffering and draws into focus the fine line between alternately poisonous and curative substances.

 

Patrick Staff

Patrick Staff (b. 1987) is a British artist based in London and Los Angeles who works with video, installation, performance and publishing. He frequently collaborates with other artists, dancers, historians and public participants creating malleable frameworks for socially engaged research mediated by moving image.

Patrick Staff: Weed Killer was commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). The video was produced by Spike Film and Video.