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Boyle, Mark; Hills, Joan «Suddenly Last Supper»
Boyle, Mark; Hills, Joan, «Suddenly Last Supper», 1963
Courtesy: Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Ashiya city | Photography | © Boyle, Mark; Hills, Joan


Works by Boyle, Mark; Hills, Joan:

Son et Lumière: Bodily Fluids and Functions


 Boyle, Mark; Hills, Joan
«Suddenly Last Supper»

This event took place in an emptied London flat, 1963: »Guests were invited to a party, and at some point led into a room in absolute darkness. Hill projected a film of random images onto mannequins painted white, while Boyle projected slides—which he simultaneously burned with acid or flame—onto a white paper surface serving as a screen. At a certain point an assistand painted the white screen black. Then the assistant tore down the black paper, revealing a second white screen onto which Boyle then projected an image of Botticelli’s «The Birth of Venus». The screen was then cut down and the image projected on the nude figure of a woman standing behind the screen in exactly the same pose as Botticelli’s Venus. But it was only when Boyle burned the slide that the nude woman could be seen. Her body was then painted black (destroyed as a screen) while Boyle continued to show slides on a third screen behind her. When teh last screen was destroyed, a group of actors dressed in white geban to pantomime gainst a black wall while more film was projected onto them.«

Mark Boyle
(quoted from Kristine Stiles, «Uncorrupted Joy», in: Out of Actions, MoCA Los Angeles, New York/London 1, p. 280.)