Maumaus_James Newitt_booklet

A Sort of Shadow

Uma Espécie de Sombra

James Newitt

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Booklet by James Newitt

Artist’s Edition

Graphic design by James Newitt


26 pp.,

15.00 x 21.00 cm

pub. date: 2013

“The camera occupies the space of the character’s body and the sound of the character exhaling and inhaling the thick, damp, sweet air is intensified dramatically. The sweat on the character’s brow causes the camera to lose focus, producing a disorientation effect, which is only alleviated when the camera folds back around on the character to once again establish its fixed focus in relation to their ongoing struggle.

The character’s exhaustion and bodily fatigue comes in waves, this appears by subtle and not so subtle details such as: the left hand dropping from the left side of the face; the occasional sound of deep guttural grunting or a sort of nasal snorting, seemingly unconsciously interrupting their emphatic but controlled breathing; a general fatigue of rhythm and movement where limbs slow, extension is reduced, fists loose tension; repetitive blinking from sweat stinging the eyes; etc, etc,

As the fatigue comes in waves so do surges of intensity which are highlighted physically by things like: heavy bursts of breath which are almost spat out in sharp succession; the widening of the eyes and tightening of the jaw; exertion of sweat; and the protrusion of a vein, either crawling across the top, left side of the forehead or bulging from both sides of the neck. There are two rhythms to this performance, the rhythm of the character’s movements and the rhythm of fatigue and intensity within which the movements are performed.”

The artist's book was published by Maumaus / Lumiar Cité on the occasion of James Newitt’s exhibition:

A Sort of Shadow
Uma Espécie de Sombra

Lumiar Cité
14.11 - 22.12.2013


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Berlin International Film Festival
16.02. – 26.02.2023

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

17.12 | 17h00 Talk with Willem Oorebeek,

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

17.12 | 18h00 Opening of the exhibition

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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