Anita Delaney, Well, with an introductory text by Ruairí McCann
A dizzy momentum of living is powerfully expressed in Anita Delaney’s compact and wryly humorous Well (2020). It’s packed with the most unassuming of objects – keys, phone, slipper – objects that smack against domestic surfaces in moments edited together in rapid succession. Coming in at well under 2 minutes, it’s a work that is over before you fully comprehend it, before you know why you’re now floating in a state of heightened déjà vu.
Alongside Delaney’s film, Ruairí McCann’s text bridges timescapes in his unpacking of Well. His positioning of the work poetically weaves in and out of 1980s philosophy, comedy and post-punk scenes, before concluding with an exploration of Well within the bleachy aesthetics of contemporary self-care industries.
This ‘aemi online’ screening is available with closed captions.
Anita Delaney, Well, 2020, UHD video and stereo audio, 1 minute 28 seconds, closed captions