This is a short DVD that employs themes and concepts from the fields of film, video, photography, and architecture to explore the contradictory functions and meanings of university campuses. Weekend Campus manifests the deep ambivalence the artist feels for the university as symbolic social space dedicated to learning.
Weekend Campus depicts a scene of chaos — overturned cars with bystanders and police in front of Brutalist campus architecture. The exact nature of this crisis is never explicit.Weekend Campus was created using a type of simple animation done on a computer with no camera involved and the only actual motion is that of a constant panning to the left, with the occasional flash of an emergency light. Davenport’s piece is an homage to the great French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film Weekend, which is famous for an eight-minute continuous tracking shot in which Godard catalogues all the dominant types of persons who made up French society of the time. The other major source for Davenport is Andy Warhol’s Disaster s, a series of paintings from 1963, which depict car crashes, suicides, and poisonings drawn from newspaper reports.
About the Artist
Nancy Davenport was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1965. She lives and works in New York, N.Y. Davenport received a BA in 1989 from York University, Toronto, Canada and an MFA in 1996 from the School of the Visual Arts, New York. She has had solo exhibitions in such places as Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York.