Duncan Campbell – Positions #3

00:03:03 Van Abbemuseum
Duncan Campbell (born Dublin, Ireland, 1972) is one of the four artists in the exhibition Positions #3 organised by the Van Abbemuseum. In this video he talks about his work.

The films of Duncan Campbell consist of a collage of archive recordings, documentary material and fictional film excerpts. The films question the validity of documentary form as historical representation, blurring fact , and fiction, recording and interpretation.

In Positions #3 Campbell shows a new commission - The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy (2016) - on the remote Irish village of Dun Chaoin in Kerry will also be on view. The film focuses on two American anthropologists and their interest in individual subjectivity; and the pragmatic, deferential, and conservatively Catholic perspective of the people they are studying. This film is commissioned by the Irish Museum of Modern Art with co-commissioners Van Abbemuseum and Western Front, Vancouver. The other work in the exhibition is Arbeit (2011), the story of the German economist Hans Tietmeyer, one of the bureaucrats behind the European monetary union.

Positions #3

Van Abbemuseum

3 December 2016 - 5 March 2017

Video credits

  • Produced by: Mals Media || Anna Jordans
  • Research & interview: Else Siemerink
  • Camera & edit: Florian Koch
  • The exhibition series Positions is made possible with the support of Ammodo, Danish Arts Foundation, Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Promotors Van Abbemuseum
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  • Positions #3

    For the exposition 'Positions #3' the Van Abbemuseum made a series with the featuring artists. In four short videos they tell about their work.