Austin Forum is delighted to exhibit Color Motet, inspired by the musical composition - or motet - Spem in Alium (“In No Other Is My Hope”). The video installation is a work by Mark Dean, artist and Anglican priest. Projected onto Julian Stair’s monumental altar at St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Hammersmith, the work continues the artist’s exploration in recent years of the liturgical potential of his work; a natural progression from previous works Stations of the Cross and Stations of the Resurrection.
Mark’s piece is a fusion and collage of two videos: one of the Mary’s Day processions organised by the art department of the Immaculate Heart of Mary school, led by the ‘60s pop artist and nun, Sister Corita Kent. The second, in contrast, is a compilation of people fainting or collapsing during weddings and liturgical rites. Additionally, Thomas Tallis’ 40 part Renaissance motet plays over them. The tension created between the two contrasting videos creates an unnerving and otherworldly feel, hinting possibly at a creative power which gives life and allows for death too.
The exhibition is organised by Austin Forum - the Order of St Augustine’s hub for spirituality and culture - and is part of its Art series.
Curated by Fr Gianni Notarianni O.S.A. (Parish Priest of St Augustine’s Church, Director of Austin Forum) & Marie Marin la Meslee.