David Chesworth, The Long Take

David Chesworth, The Long Take

  • 12–16 December 2017
  • MADA Gallery
    Monash University
    Caulfield Campus
    Building D, Ground Floor
    900 Dandenong Road
    Caulfield East Victoria 3145

  • Free. Open to the public. School and group bookings welcome.

An exhibition of work comprising the practical component of David Chesworth’s PhD research.

In 2012, when visiting Gerhard Richter’s 6 Gray Mirrors at Dia:Beacon in upstate New York, I inadvertently dislodged a small stone caught in my shoe that noisily hit the metal skirting board near one of the large mirrors. The stone-on-metal collision reverberated within Richter’s room. The loud unexpected sound was immediately present to me, in contrast to the elusive “and/or” of Richter’s gray mirrors. It created an alternative framing of the artwork that was sonic and temporal. Was the stone event also part of the artwork?

The Long Take is a composition of component artworks; created as a tool to research spatial and durational framings like those I encountered within four artists’ artworks at Dia:Beacon (Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Robert Ryman and Max Neuhaus).

The Long Take forms the practical component of my doctoral thesis, “Why All The Noise? An exploration of auditory and durational encounters of four artworks at Dia:Beacon, New York State, USA; how these artworks and my practical research function as machinic systems of cinematic thought.”


David Chesworth was awarded a 2018 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for presenting the best Art, Design and Architecture thesis of the year. Established in 1998, and named after the late pioneering physiologist, Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman AO, the Medal is among the highest academic honours Monash University bestows, and marks the recipient as a researcher of the highest order.