Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in 2000, Isaac Julien’s twin-screen installation 'Vagabondia' was filmed in the reverberant setting of London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum. Colliding the disciplined eye of the curator/collector with the mercurial spirit of choreography, its puckish animation of this unique space parallels Julien’s own elliptical investigations of art history. After a special screening of the work at the Starr Auditorium in Tate Modern, Julien reflected on the project’s place in his practice in the company of Dr. Sarah Thornton, author of 'Seven Days in the Art World'. The event coincided with major solo shows by Julien in London and New York, and with a new monographic publication on his work, and formed part of Film and Video Umbrella’s anniversary programme, 25 Frames.
4 February 2014