22 October – 04 December 2016

Mathew Hale
3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul, Turkey

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MATHEW HALE will be part of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial.

He will show his installation 5TH HELENA from 2015.

For further information please visit the website of the Biennial

 
abc for 5TH HELENA
 
a/
Such a queer dream, King-post, i never had. You know the old man’s ivory leg, well i dreamed he kicked me with it; and when i tried to kick back, upon my soul, my little man, i kicked my leg right off! And then, presto! Ahab seemed a pyramid, and i, like a blazing fool, kept kicking at it.
 
b1/
… and she came up to me, she said, “don, you know the other day, while we were in bed in that scene, and i was naked in the bed there, and you poked my skin and said, “No wonder you’re so white and scaly”? And i said, “Yeah, i’m sorry.” She said, “No, no, but do you know what you were thinking about?” i said “what?” “You were thinking about sex.” i said, “really? How do you figure that out?” She said, “well, what is scaly? A snake. And what is a snake?” And i said, “A reptile.” And she said, “Yes, but it is also a phallic symbol.” She said, “do you know what a phallic symbol is?” And i said, “Know what it is? i’ve got one!” She, she didn’t, she didn’t get
the joke.
 
c/
His court martial in Bulford, wiltshire was shown a damning video of his firing his pistol into the chest of the prisoner, who had been badly wounded in a helicopter strike. He was heard telling the dying man: “there you are, shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt. it’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us.”
the lifting of the anonymity order means the full details of Blackman’s career can be revealed
for the first time.
After joining the corps 15 years ago his first taste of active service came in Northern Ireland.
He quickly impressed and by the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, Blackman—known as Al—had been promoted to lance corporal. over the next ten years,
Blackman completed three tours of iraq and two of Afghanistan.
 
b2/
But anyway, she topped me because in that scene in the kiss at the end, when we were at the bar—extreme close up. Josh Logan, said “i, i want an extreme close up. Just those faces there.” And so, they sent … the cameraman said, “we can’t shoot that close Josh, this is err, cinemascope! A huge screen; you’ll startle everybody.” err, they, they just wouldn’t accept that. He said, “i don’t care, as long as you keep the focus, i want that huge close up.” So we set the thing up and rehearsed it, and the camera operator said, “it’s no good Josh, it’s no good.” He said, “well, why not?” “Because the camera cuts off the top of don’s head.” And marilyn said, “But the audience knows he has a top to his head, it’s been established.”
 
As a matter of fact they cut off the top of her head on several occasions as well. it didn’t seem

to be bothering them when they did that to her. i don’t know why that is. …. Um, um