Nikita Gale, SOME WEATHER (Heat), 2021
The role of the audience as a social arena has become an important part of your practice. How have you thought about the audience in these three cities?
I worked in advertising for just under a decade, and so even before I began practicing art full time, the question of audience was always an important one for me. Various mediums cultivate different formations of an audience that are determined by conditions dictated by time, duration, location, etc. With this project, I was actually thinking a lot about the dispersion of the audience, particularly the people who move through the public spaces where these screens are located. For those of us who have privileged enough to be able to stay in our homes and work or enjoy safe outdoor activities, there’s a strange quality of deja vu that is undergirded by the collective trauma that we have experienced as a species over the course of this pandemic. I was thinking about how repetition has been such a prominent condition of life during COVID, and how shifts in weather have become another way of keeping time or of introducing some form of variation or deviation into the environment.
Pop star Diana Ross portrays legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in this biographical drama. Beginning with Holiday's traumatic youth, the film depicts her early attempts at a singing career and her eventual rise to stardom, as well as her difficult relationship with Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams), her boyfriend and manager. Casting a shadow over even Holiday's brightest moments is the vocalist's severe drug addiction, which threatens to end both her career and her life.
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