DIANA BAKER SMITH
The Lost Hour is a video essay exploring the significant yet relatively unknown Australian artist, choreographer, and dancer Philippa Cullen (1950-75). It focuses on Cullen’s performance, 24-Hour Concert (1974), which involved over 30 artists from across Australia – many of whom are now major figures.
Visiting the sites where Cullen staged the performance, and where her archives now reside, Baker Smith performs embodied acts of remembering and misremembering, acknowledging that many of Cullen’s archives have deteriorated or been lost.
The work reflects on how art, and its engagement with archives, can help us remember the past in the present.
IMAGE: DIANA BAKER SMITH, THE LOST HOUR, 2021 (STILL), SINGLE CHANNEL HD VIDEO, 15:50MINS.