Isaac Julien: Playtime

Art

Film and video

Victoria Miro

Until Sat Mar 1

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  • Isaac Julien

    'ECLIPSE (Playtime)' 2013

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    Installation view 'PLAYTIME', 2014

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    Installation view 'PLAYTIME', 2014

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    'MIRAGE (Playtime)' 2013

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    'HORIZON/ELSEWHERE (Playtime)' 2013

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    'ALTAR (Playtime)' 2013

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
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    'EMERALD CITY/CAPITAL (Playtime)' 2013

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien
  • Isaac Julien

    'ENIGMA' 2014

    © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

    Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien

'ECLIPSE (Playtime)' 2013

© Isaac Julien. Courtesy the Artist, Victoria Miro, London & Metro Pictures, New York

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Curated London

This two-part exhibition of video installations and photos is spread over Victoria Miro’s two galleries - Mayfair and Islington. This, along with the subject matter (the meaning of capital in the 21st century) makes it rather inaccessible. Guest writer Phil Nicol went to both sites to find out more. The two video installations at the Wharf Road gallery are long. Really long. Playtime lasts nearly 70 minutes, which is fine for a feature film, but this lacks narrative as it tries to explore the interplay of the international art and money markets, and the various people affected. If you come in halfway through, the seven-screen format doesn’t exactly make for coherent viewing. Having said that, there’s a good international cast of actors, and some of the images of Dubai, London and Iceland are beautiful. The other installation - Kapital - is shorter at just over half an hour, but centres on a bone-dry semi-academic discussion about the theories of Karl Marx. The Mayfair gallery has a handful of large, colour-saturated stills taken from the video installation at Wharf Road. The standout piece, though, is in the gallery’s window: a time-lapse cityscape video of 2,500 still images of Dubai at night. It’s a twinkling modern capital city, built on a scale where people look insignificant. It’s worth a look just for this, but only if you’re in the area. For more of the latest art news and reviews, check out www.curatedlondon.co.uk