14 November 2006

Theda by Georgina Starr


Artprojx and Film London presents:

Theda by Georgina Starr

Tuesday 14 November 2006


Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place, London WC2.

Box Office: 020 7494 3654 (open 1-9pm)

Tickets £7.50

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Screening organised by David Gryn



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Artprojx and Film London present



Georgina Starr

7.15pm, 14 November 2006

(40 mins)

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place, London WC2.
Box Office: +44 (0) 20 7494 3654 (open 1-9pm) www.princecharlescinema.com
Tickets £7.50

A major new work from film and video artist Georgina Starr will premiere in London on 14 November 2006, with live accompaniment from The London Improvisers Orchestra.


The recipient of a London Artists’ Film and Video Award (LAFVA), Theda  explores the passion and drama of early screen performance.


A chance meeting with an eccentric octogenarian film fan introduced Starr to the world of silent screen legend Theda Bara. Once the biggest silent movie star in the world, Bara appeared in over forty films, of which only two still exist today. Through extensive research into the art of Bara and other neglected silent stars, Starr has reconstructed key scenes from the lost films, with both herself and the film fan taking on the role of ‘Theda’. The work will look at the vicarious nature of the cinematic experience and explore the silent film form through image and live sound.


Experimenting with performance styles and narrative techniques Starr considers the movie screen as a mirror and how we use film fiction to explore and escape our own identity.


As well as the art of Theda Bara, Starr draws from many of the masters of the silent era; from the great early film-makers Louis Feuillade and Carl Th. Dreyer, to the German expressionist theatre of Max Reinhardt, and the theories and pre-1900 acting techniques of Francois Delsarte. She also looks to the lost or neglected talent of other actresses such as Alla Nazimova, Barbara La Marr, Marguerite Clark, Musidora, Maud Allen and many more.



For further press information or images please contact:

Lucy Skipper

T: 020 7613 7680
F: 020 7613 7677

E: lucy.skipper@filmlondon.org.uk



Notes to Editors


Georgina Starr has been making large-scale video and film installations for the past 12 years. Her subjects are extraordinarily varied and her diverse body of work has incorporated video, film, animation, photography, music, writing and performance. Some of the key themes of Starr's work - from Hypnodreamdruff (1996) a 6 screen multimedia work about the intertwining lives of a group of lonely eccentric characters, to Big V (2004) a four screen piece about teenage sexuality and Catholicism - explore the relationship between history and memory; attempting to extract meaning from collapsing realities, she makes complex and obsessive investigations into invisible, lost or fragile phenomena. 


Her works have been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Venice Biennale; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Kunsthalle Wien. Solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunsthalle Zurich; Rooseum Centre for Contemporary Art, Malmo and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam.


The London Improvisers Orchestra meets on the first Sunday of every month at the Red Rose Club in Holloway.  Originally assembled to tour music by New York composer Butch Morris, the players use an organised form of improvisation, where arcane hand-signals prompt instant responses, combining big-band improvisation with weird electronic-edged wobbliness, performance art and fragmented sound poetry,


The Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network supports London-based artists working in moving image: whether film, video, digital, animation or new technologies and for installation, cinema, gallery exhibition, the public realm or broadcast. The Network helps artists engage with and benefit from the wide range of services, resources and opportunities that the capital has to offer.

Working in partnership with various organisations, the Artists’ Moving Image Network provides funding, events, seminars, advice, surgeries, residencies, training and workshops.


Artprojxis the pre-eminant arts agency showing artists moving image in the context of the cinema. Artprojx has worked with arts venues such as Tate, White Cube, Hauser and Wirth, Victoria Miro and with Artist including Mark Wallinger, William Eggleston, Willian Kentridge, Susan Hiller, Christian Jankowski. Forthcoming events include premieres by Mark Wallinger, Jesper Just and Laurie Simmons in collaboration with their galleries.



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