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Artprojx Cinema at the SVA Theatre in association with The Armory Show & VOLTA NY

Artprojx Cinema is FREE

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Access is relaxed, but RSVP with the screenings you want to see at artprojxcinema@gmail.com to save your seats.
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Tuesday 1 March
10.00 – 11.00 LUX, London ***
11.10 – 12.25 Wellcome Collection, London ***
12.35 – 13.15  The Woodmill, London ***
13.25 – 14.00 Video Data Bank, Chicago ***
14.10 – 14.40 Marie Losier, New York, “Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist”
14.50 – 15.05 Terry Smith, London, “Broken Voices”
15.15 – 16.35 Johan Grimonprez, “Double Take” – tank.tv, London
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Wednesday 2 March
10.45 – 11.00 Terry Smith, London, “Broken Voices”
11.10 – 12.30 Filmarmalade presents, London ***
12.40 – 13.00 Nick Laessing, “Researches Undertaken for the Museum of Alessandro Cruto” – Gowen Contemporary, Geneva
13.10 – 13.40 Jessica Voorsanger, “Peckham Heroes”, “The Woody Allen Show” – Peckham Space, London
13.45 – 14.45 Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York ***
14.50 – 15.20 Video Data Bank, Chicago ***
15.30 – 16.05 Phil Coy, “Façade” – FLAMIN (Film London Artists Moving Image Network), London
16.15 – 17.15 Jacob Boeskov, “Empire North” – V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
17.25 – 17.55 Elaine Byrne, “Message to Salinas” – Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
18.05 – 19.55 Armory & VOLTA NY Gallery Compilation *
20.05 – 20.35 Marie Losier, New York, “Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist”
20.45 – 21.15 Climate: Carolyn Monastra & Megan Cump, New York ***
21.25 – 22.25 Kim Burgess-Driver Collection, London ***
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Thursday 3 March
10.00 – 11.00 boyleANDshaw, London, “Bang it while ya can NY 2011”
11.10 – 12.30 Simon Pope, “Memory Marathon” – Film and Video Umbrella & Olympic Delivery Authority, London
12.40 – 13.00 Jennifer Levonian, “Take Your Picture With A Puma”, “Buffalo Milk Yogurt”, “Her Slip is Showing” – Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia
13.10 – 14.15 Wellcome Collection, London ***
14.25 – 15.25 tank.tv, London ***
15.35 – 16.55 Armory & VOLTA NY Gallery Compilation *
17.05 – 17.35 Climate: Carolyn Monastra & Megan Cump, New York ***
17.45 – 18.55 Brent Green, “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” – Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
19.00 – 21.00 PREMIERE – “New York Influence City”, You Know Ltd, London ***
21.30 – 22.10 Marie Losier, New York, “Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist”
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Friday 4 March
10.00 – 11.20 Filmarmalade presents, London ***
11.30 – 11.50 Jesper Just, “Sirens of Chrome”, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen
12.00 – 12.55 Adelaide Bannerman curates, London ***
13.10 – 13.40 Jessica Voorsanger, “Peckham Heroes”, “The Woody Allen Show” – Peckham Space, London
13.50 – 15.40 Armory & VOLTA NY Gallery Compilation *
15.50 – 16.50 Jacob Boeskov, “Empire North” – V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
17.00 – 18.00 Oliver Pietsch, “From Here to Eternity” – Nettie Horn, London
18.10 – 18.30 Nick Laessing, “Researches Undertaken for the Museum of Alessandro Cruto” – Gowen Contemporary, Geneva
18.40 – 19.40 George Kuchar, Potboilers & Melodramas, ADA Gallery Gallery, Richmond/New York **
20.00 – 20.30 PREMIERE - Matthew Day Jackson, ”In Search of” – Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Artprojx Late Night Screenings
20.40 – 21.50 Alfred Leslie, “The Cedar Bar” – Allan Stone Gallery, New York
22.00 – 23.10 João Pedro Vale, “Hero, Captain and Stranger”, Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon
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Saturday 5 March
10.00 – 11.10 “New York Influence City”, You Know Ltd, London ***
11.20 – 11.55 Phil Coy, “Façade” – FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), London
12.05 – 12.35 Elaine Byrne, “Message to Salinas” – Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin
12.45 – 13.45 Kim Burgess-Driver Collection, London ***
13.50 – 14.10 Jennifer Levonian, “Take Your Picture With A Puma”, “Buffalo Milk Yogurt”, “Her Slip is Showing” – Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia
14.15 – 15.15 Oliver Pietsch, “From Here to Eternity” – Nettie Horn, London
15.25 – 15.45 Jesper Just, “Sirens of Chrome”, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen
15.55 – 16.55 Shoja Azari, “K”, LTMH Gallery, New York
17.05 – 18.05 George Kuchar, Potboilers & Melodramas, ADA Gallery Gallery, Richmond/New York **
18.10 – 18.50 The Woodmill, London ***
18.55 – 19.25 Matthew Day Jackson, ”In Search of” – Peter Blum Gallery, New York
19.35 – 20.45 Brent Green, “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” – Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Artprojx Late Night Screenings
20.55 – 22.15 Alfred Leslie, “The Cedar Bar” – Allan Stone Gallery, New York
22.25 – 23.35 João Pedro Vale, “Hero, Captain and Stranger”, Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon
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Sunday 6 March
10.00 – 11.20 Simon Pope, “Memory Marathon” – Film and Video Umbrella & Olympic Delivery Authority, London
11.30 – 12.30 Shoja Azari, “K”, LTMH Gallery, New York
12.40 – 13.35 Adelaide Bannerman curates, London ***
13.45 – 14.45 boyleANDshaw, London, “Bang it while ya can NY 2011”
14.55 – 15.55 LUX, London ***
16.05 – 17.05 Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York ***
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* ARMORY & VOLTA NY GALLERY COMPILATION PROGRAMME:
Mary Reid Kelley, “Sadie, the Saddest Sadist” – Fredericks & Freiser, New York / Pilar Corrias, London / Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles
Diego Lama, “Chimaera” – Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima
HC Berg, “A Conversation with HC Berg” – Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Erik Schmidt, “Gatecrasher” – Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna / carlier | gebauer, Berlin
Tadashi Moriyama, “Flight Home” – Johansson Projects, Oakland
Ezra Johnson, “Not Me” – Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Frederick Hayes, “Civil Defense Small Claims Court (I Didn’t Know Anything)” – Number 35 Gallery, New York
Adrian Paci, “Electric Blue” – Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Luis Guispert, “Turbo Burbo” – Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
John Zieman, “Time Suite” – The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Christina Benz, “Station” – The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Kasper Sonne, “The List” – V1 Gallery, Copenhagen / Charles Bank Gallery, New York
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** Legendary Potboilers & Melodramas (16MM Films) by George Kuchar
“Wild Night in El Reno”, “Hold Me While I’m Naked”, “Eclipse of the Sun Virgin”, “Nocturne”, “I, An Actress” – ADA Gallery, Richmond/New York
** New Travel-ettes and Thrills! by George Kuchar
“Dribbles”, “Vintage Visits”, “Tummy Ache Times” – ADA Gallery, Richmond/New York
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*** PUBLIC ARTS & CURATOR PROGRAMMES:
Adelaide Bannerman, London:
Ben Rivers, “I Know Where I’m Going” / Edith Marie Pasquier, “Blue Hare”, “Wanderer”, “Coyote Daydream”, “Lark of The Border”
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Climate: curated by Carolyn Monastra & Megan Cump, New York:
Brent Green, “Carlin” / Carolyn Monastra, “lovely, dark and deep” / Dan Torop, “Ocean” / Jem Cohen, “Blessed Are The Dreams of Men” / Jessica Langley & Ben Kinsley, “Mothers of Mt. Esja” / Karen Azoulay, “The Astronomer’s Mime”
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Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York:

Takeshi Murata, “EAI 40th Anniversary Intro” / Martha Rosler, “Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition” / Jaime Davidovich, “The Live! Show Promo” /Kristin Lucas, “Background Story” / Takeshi Murata, “Infinity Doors” / Cynthia Maughan, Selected Works / Andrew Lampert, “Am I From Brooklyn?”

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Filmarmalade, London:
Aukje Dekker, Versus” / Kristian De La Riva, “Cut” / Luciano Zubillaga, “Music For A Missing Film” / Ralitza Petrova, “By The Grace Of God
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Kim Burgess-Driver Collection:
David Blandy, “Child of the Atom” / Matt Calderwood, “Ladder”, “Rope”, “Battery”, “Cuff”, “Gloss” / Dinu Li, “Family Village” / Lynne Marsh, “Stadium” / Emily Richardson, “Petrolia”
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LUX, London:
Ed Atkins, “Death Mask 2: The Scent” / David Raymond Conroy, Ramon Requilman Live” / Mark Leckey, “Concrete Vache” / Laure Prouvost, “The Artist” / James Richards, “Misty Suite” / Mark Aerial Waller, “Phantom Avantgarde”
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tank.tv, London:
Jeremy Deller & Chrissie Iles, “A Discussion” / Maria Marshall, “Matthew” / Mounir Fatmi, “Architecture Now 1”, “Architecture Now 2”, “I Live on the 3rd Floor”  / Ruth Paxton, “She Wanted to be Burnt”
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The Woodmill, London:
Chris Clarke, “This will not last as long as you (trailer)” / Una Knox, “He always thought of just two things” / Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, “ZIGGURAT’” / Jasiek Mischke, “Sometimes not being present…” / Patrick Coyle, “TITLE TEXT HERE” / Alastair Frazer, “Digging scene (-London)” (Boats Blow Over) / Patricia Lennox-Boyd, “Work in Progress” / Sidsel Christensen, “Encounters” / Ben Burgis/ Adam Christensen/ Jack Brennan, Zeus’ Throne- staging – “Oblivion” / Richard Sides, “You of all people are no more imporant than any other person to grace the earth” / LuckyPDF, “outro”
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Video Data Bank, Chicago:
Dani Leventhal, “Hearts are Trump Again” / Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, “Everybody” / Michael Gitlin, “Dust Studies” / Nicolas Provost, “Storyteller” / Sterling Ruby, “Hiker”
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Wellcome Collection, London:
Aura Satz, “Sound Seam” / Jordan Baseman, “Tape 1 Tape 2”  / Marion Coutts, “26 Things” / Shona Illingworth, “Balnakiel”
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You Know Limited, London:
Alex Noyer, Alex Dunn, Rob Wilton, Stuart Birchall, “New York Influence City”
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Artprojx Cinema is at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St between 8th & 9th Avenues
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FURTHER INFORMATION ON ARTISTS AND FILMS:

GALLERIES & SELECTED ARTISTS:

ADA Gallery, Richmond/New York – George Kuchar
Video still from “Hold Me While I’m Naked”, 1966

ABOUT THE FILMS:

Legendary Potboilers & Melodramas (16MM Films) by George Kuchar


Wild Night in El Reno, 16MM, 1977

This film documents a thunderstorm as it rages in full fury above a motel in May on the southern plains. There’s sun, wind, clouds, rain and electrical pyrotechnics … with perhaps a glimpse of a fleeting human figure. But only a glimpse.

Hold Me While I’m Naked, 16MM, 1966


Eclipse of the Sun Virgin, 16MM, 1966

I dedicate this film poem to the behemoths of yesteryear that perished in Siberia along with the horned pachyderms of the pre-glacial epoch. This chilling montage of crimson repression must be seen. Painstakingly filmed and edited, it will be painful to watch, too.


Nocturne, 16MM, 1968

The rising moon is the main theme in this short movie of three people and an animal going about their nocturnal rituals. This movie is evidently part three of my trilogy that started with Hold Me While I’m Naked and Eclipse of the Sun Virgin. It evidently is, since part three never really came out. This seems to look like it could be part three.


I, An Actress, 16MM, 1977

Teaching filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, George Kuchar insisted that each class collaborate on a project. I, An Actress shows him in action. Student Barbara Lapsley had wanted a short film to launch her acting career, and the class obliged by staging a classic Hollywood screen test. By the time the crew was ready to shoot, only ten minutes of class time remained. In I, An Actress, Lapsley launches into her monologue, an appeal to her philandering lover—played by a draped post, topped by a wig—to abandon “rich widows with their sparkling rhinestones.” Kuchar initially gives direction off-camera but finally rushes into the scene to demonstrate what he wants. The student cannot summon up the hysterical excess of her director but finishes her screen test all the same. In Kuchar films, everyone gets a chance to be a star.


New Travel-ettes and Thrills! by George Kuchar


Dribbles, Video, 2010, 20 MIN.

From the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the innards of a castle of contraptions, this video explores the creative bric-a-brac of several entities who pioneered a wired frontier filled with fire wires and fire water. Join them as they schmooze among the futuristic flotsam of fame and fortune cookies and rejoice in the eggplanted paradise that awaits the monsoonal mush of high desert drenchings.


Vintage Visits, Video, 2010, 15 MIN.

Another edition to my weather diary series, this particular one has more social intercourse occuring in the prairie hovel which houses the hidden logings of he who seeks sustenance from the void. The void acts up in the beginning and then simmers warmly in the glow of companionship from fellow travelers on this Route 66 to who knows where? Perhaps to that pillar of pancake perfection known as Denny’s (the restaurant, not the deity).


Tummy Ache Times, Video, 2010-11, 25 MIN.

Another Seasons Greetings video diary piece by George, featuring friends, food, fun with freaky undercurrents.

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Allan Stone Gallery, New York - Alfred Leslie
“The Cedar Bar”, 2001

ABOUT THE FILM:

A barrage of combative words and provocative pictures describing a contentious, drunken evening in 1957 when a group of painters, collectors and dealers associated with the New York School confront powerful Clement Greenberg, the critic. As one listens to the voices of actors playing Greenberg, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and other habitués of the famous Greenwich Village watering hole for which the piece is named, one’s eyes are bombarded with clips from old and new Hollywood movies and snippets of hard-core pornography. Songs for the film were written by Alfred Leslie and David Amram.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

The artist and filmmaker Alfred Leslie (born in NYC in 1927) first achieved success as an Abstract Expressionist painter, but changed course in the early 1960s and became a painter of realistic figurative paintings. Throughout his career Leslie has been involved in film, music and literature.

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Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York - Brent Green
“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:


“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” is a 71-minute
stop-motion film by 32 year-old artist Brent Green based on the life of Leonard
Wood, an anonymous hardware store clerk in Louisville, Kentucky.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Brent Green was born in 1978 and lives and works in a barn in Cressona, PA.

A self-taught artist and filmmaker whose critically acclaimed animated shorts have screened at Sundance for the last four consecutive years, Green writes, produces and performs intensely intimate and personal work. His work has received acclaim with screenings and performances at such venues as Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Hammer Museum, the Walker, The Wexner Center and The Getty Museum of Art.

Recent performances of Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then have taken place at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, The Hammer Museum, EMPAC, Troy, NY. Forthcoming performances:  The Kitchen in New York, The Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then will have its European premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival later this month.

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Filomena Soares Gallery, Lisbon – João Pedro Vale

“Hero, Captain and Stranger”, 2009


ABOUT THE FILM:

The film is based on the book “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville and recounts the adventures aboard a whaling ship of a set of characters in a pornographic version according to sexualized categories defined by Robert K. Martin in his book “Hero, Captain and Stranger: Male Friendship, Social Critique and Literary Form in the Sea Novels of Herman Melville”.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

João Pedro Vale was born in 1976 in Lisbon, city where he lives and works. He graduated in 1999 by Faculdade de Belas Artes – Lisbon University. In 2000 he was selected for the Fine Arts Advanced Course in MAUMAUS. He was in residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, Ireland (2002) and in 2008-2009 at the Inter national Studio and Curatorial Program in NY.

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Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia – Jennifer Levonian

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jennifer Levonian creates mesmerizing watercolor and cut-paper animations. Her short, personal works often feature a protagonist trying to break free from scripted scenarios, empty rituals and the routines of everyday life, while simultaneously engaging in a broader conversation about art, film and literature, referencing sources such as Alain Resnais’ The Last Year at Marienbad and Eric Rohmer’s The Bakery Girl of Monceau.

“Take Your Picture with a Puma”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Take Your Picture with a Puma (2009) follows an American tourist as she searches for a authentic experiences in Mexico, aided by a Lonely Planet Guide book.  In her search for offbeat locations, she inevitably travels the well-trodden path of other like-minded tourists. Surrounded by cruise ships, open air markets, cat fights, and teenagers making out, the tourist-protagonist has an awkward encounter with a baker in a Mexican bakery. The baker character is also the animation’s narrator, and his Spanish voice-over was inspired by the 1963 short film The Bakery Girl of Monceau by Eric Rohmer. Other influences include Roberto Bolano’s novel 2666 and the film The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov.

Buffalo Milk Yogurt “, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Buffalo Milk Yogurt (2010) features a man who has a nervous breakdown in a gourmet supermarket while a naked woman practices yoga in a display of fall pumpkins. The piece is accompanied by an original soundtrack by Corey Fogel.


Her Slip is Showing“, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Her Slip is Showing (2010) uses the mundane ritual of a bridal shower to touch on gender roles, social awkwardness and evolving relationships. Her Slip is Showing features music by Nathan Parker Smith as well as text by poet Polly Pauley.

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Fredericks & Freiser, New York / Pilar Corrias, London /

Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles – Mary Reid Kelley

“Sadie, the Saddist Sadist”, 2009

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film


ABOUT THE FILM:

“Sadie, The Saddest Sadist” narrates the travails of a female munitions worker in WWI Britain. The story is ultimately about exchange; Sadie trades her labor for patriotic satisfaction and money in the munitions factory, and then gets into a different type of exchange with Jack, a sailor she meets on the street. In keeping with the themes of exchange and war, the visual and verbal languages of Sadie are systems of shared, public meaning: the cartoon and doggerel poetry.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Mary Reid Kelley (b.1979) received her MFA from Yale in 2009. Solo exhibitions include Fredericks & Freiser; Susanne Vielmetter Projects; and Pilar Corrias,. Group exhibitions include, Fast Forward 2 Art from Sammlung Goetz at ZKM; 2010 Site Santa Fe Biennial, and ICA, Philadelphia . She was included in Roberta Smithʼs article in the New York Times on the best debuts of the decade and written about in ArtForum, Art in America and Frieze. Reid Kelley received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2009).


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Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima – Diego Lama

“Chimaera”, 2001

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film


ABOUT THE FILM:

“Chimaera” is a video dance piece assembled around two characters from Greek mythology, Pan and Psyque, portraying the satyr and nymph as stereotypes of sexuality in a choreographed operatic film.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Diego Lama was born in 1980 in Lima, Peru were he currently lives and woks. Through his work in video, photography, and sculpture, Lama addresses, explores and questions the confrontation between sex and death using as a platform different gender issues.

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Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki - HC Berg “A Conversation with HC Berg”, 2010

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film


ABOUT THE FILM:

“A Conversation with HC Berg” is an intimate look at the artwork of the celebrated Finnish artist. Filmed at the time of Berg’s 2010 solo exhibition at Galerie Forsblom, the film takes a closer look at several works that were exhibited in that show and delves into Berg’s growth as an artist. From themes of butterflies to skulls, material of acrylic to glass, and scale of intimate to monumental, Berg explores icons and their meanings while developing various media to invite the viewer to see from a different perspective.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

HC Berg is a young Finnish artist who has been steadily growing in international renown over the last ten years. With observation and perception as his subject matter, Berg employs a variety of media from metals to glass to acrylics to create works that possess unlimited optical dexterity. His art challenges customary ways of seeing and viewing, with the interaction of material and light offering surprises and insights.

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Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna / carlier | gebauer, Berlin – Erik Schmidt

“Gatecrasher”, 2010

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

Erik Schmidt’s film Gate Crasher (2010, 13 Min.) which is filmed at the historical rooms at the royal palace in Rheda, Westphalia, reflects the role of the artist in the aristocratic society.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Herford-born artist Erik Schmidt (*1968), now based in Berlin, combines various media and themes in his complex works. He started his artistic career as a painter and in the recent years began to work with photography, performance and film. His paintings in oil as well as his films show a broad spectrum of topics: from the portraits of landscape to the aesthetics of modern metropolises, from the theme of hunting to the role of the artist in society.

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Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen – Jesper Just

“Sirens of Chrome”, 2010


ABOUT THE FILM:

Sirens of Chrome (2010), mingles the intensity of music and the eroticism of silence when five women conduct a wordless, almost abstracted, encounter in an otherwise deserted Detroit car park.


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jesper Just (born 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish artist, living and working in New York, NY. Just’s film works have been produced on 8mm, 16mm or 35mm film and video. This creates his recognizable style, where textures and details are investigated to tell stories of specific situations, persons and rooms and the relation between them. The parallel between the visual and the psychological is characteristic of Just’s work. Through his images and stories of men and women Just deconstructs stereotypical ideas of age, gender, power and race. Instead of obscuring the relation between the sexes behind an illusory veil, Just’s films let the veil fall, revealing the complexity, allowing for a more varied and sensitive self-understanding and understanding of human relationships in general. His works have been shown throughout Europe and the United States.

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Gowen Contemporary, Geneva - Nick Laessing

“Researches Undertaken for the Museum of Alessandro Cruto”, 2010


ABOUT THE FILM:

The work is a series of interviews with contemporary amateur inventors from different parts of Italy who still share the goal that Alessandro Cruto had in the 19th century and who are attempting almost against all odds to make their dream of ‘free energy’ possible.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Nick Laessing’s sculptures, installations and films as well as drawings and paintings, are connected to the historical research of inventions that never became mainstream or were short-lived. Laessing’s practice revisits the romantic endeavours and aspirations of scientists and amateur experimenters towards understanding the origins of ideas, and the paradoxes inherent in the meeting of intuitive knowledge or revelation, and scientific rationalism.

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Johansson Projects, Oakland - Tadashi Moriyama

“Flight Home”, 2006

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film


ABOUT THE FILM:

The work represents the notion, Planeta(ry-Nosta)lgia, psyche wandering away zillion bits /hour to the distant universe while sitting still in front of computer and looking back on where you are.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Tadashi Moriyama (Japanese, born 1979) makes drawings and video-animations, which

celebrate and are concerned with the many facets of life in major urban Meccas. Moriyama’s work has been creating hyper-populated landscapes of the future with his landscape watercolors and animations of suburban enclaves sprouting hundreds of houses built directly next to one another that reference the claustrophobic living conditions of Japan or any large urban area in the world.Tadashi Moriyama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.


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Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin – Elaine Byrne

“Message to Salinas”, 2010



ABOUT THE FILM:

“Message to Salinas”, 2010 is a series of personal messages from Mexican people to the discraced ex president of Mexico- Carlos Salinas de Gotari, who fled to Ireland  in the  Spring of 1996 allegedly posing as a banana importer. Spanish with English subtitles.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Irish artist Elaine Byrne works with video, photography & installation. Her work investigates the nature of the inherent problems of communication, quering the artist’s role as supposed communicator.  She completed an MA (Visual Art Practices 2009), and obtained the following awards: Arts Council of Ireland (2010, Travel), Culture Ireland (2011). She undertook residency at SOMA, Mexico City (2010).


Supported by Culture Ireland


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LTMH Gallery, New York – Shoja Azari

“K”, 2002


ABOUT THE FILM:

“K”, is a feature length film written, directed and produced by Shoja Azari. The film is adapted from three short stories of Franz Kafka: “The Married Couple”, “In the Penal Colony”, and “A Fratricide”, and is a contemporary journey into the timeless world of Kafka.

In the second story “In the Penal Colony,” which is shown as part of this screening,  Oz Phillips appears in the role of the “Explorer,” a western modern man visiting the strange and backward land of “The Penal Colony.”  Here in a play of power our messenger of modernity is shaken by witnessing the power of “faith” in a zealot executioner (Mohammad Ghaffari) whose totemic act of sacrifice is intended to save his tradition and moral system from the inevitable demise.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Shoja Azari is an Iranian born visual artist/filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. Prior to his unwanted departure from his homeland in 1983, Azari was a poet, playwright, actor, director and an activist. He then received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in psychology respectively from State University of New York and Hunter College.

Azari’s films “K,” “Windows,” and “Women Without Men” have been featured in major international film festivals including: Venice film festival, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors & New Films, Toronto Film festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Dubai film festival and many more.

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Nettie Horn, London - Oliver Pietsch

“From Here to Eternity”, 2010


ABOUT THE FILM:

Developed through filmic montage, ‘From Here to Eternity’ focuses on death, its clichés, and how they are culturally constructed: from violent ends, to meditations on the way of it, to visions of the afterlife. The 40 minute film combines a range of cinematic sources and imaginative soundtrack choices.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Born in Munich in 1972, Pietsch graduated from the Academy of Arts in Munich in 2003. He has received numerous awards and his work has been included in international exhibitions and festivals such as in Underdox Festival, Munich, Germany (2010); “No Matter.Try Again.Fail Again. Fail Better.”,Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany (2010), NIFFF, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland(2010); “Pietsch Week”,Goff+Rosenthal, New York (2009); Nuit Blanche, Paris (2009); TIFF, Int. Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (2009), La Nuit du Court, Brussels.

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Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York - Ezra Johnson

“Not Me”, 2010-2011

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

Stop-motion animated figures are painted over images collected from catalogs and postcards, combining and re-contextualizing seemingly unrelated references and media to build the surreal narrative of Ezra Johnson’s “Not Me.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Ezra Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College in 2006. Solo exhibitions include Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2007), and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY (2006).

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Number 35 Gallery, New York – Frederick Hayes

“Civil Defense Small Claims Court (I Didn’t Know Anything)”, 2010

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

Frederick Hayes’ short video explores the faces of daytime court television. By emphasizing the facial expressions and colloquialisms that pepper these shows, he creates a compelling portrait of small screen celebrity.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Frederick Hayes (b. 1955, Atlanta) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Triple Candie, New York and Number 35 Gallery, New York among others.


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PREMIERE

Peter Blum Gallery, New York – Matthew Day Jackson

“In Search of”, 2010


ABOUT THE FILM:

Created by Matthew Day Jackson in 2010, the 30-minute video entitled In Search of, is based upon the late 1970s television series In Search of hosted by Leonard Nimoy, where each episode was devoted to investigating mysterious and paranormal phenomena. Jackson’s film, divided into three parts, examines different forms of anthropomorphism. The first part looks at how man conceives life as viewed from outer space; the second part examines the literal and metaphoric aspects of artistic journeys; and the final part investigates the rise and fall of civilizations and how the past is communicated through objects.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Matthew Day Jackson was born 1974 in Panorama City, CA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in 2001 from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and his BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle WA.

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Peter Blum Gallery, New York – Adrian Paci

“Electric Blue”, 2009

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

‘Electric Blue’ tells the story of a man who attempts to secure the economic survival of his family in the chaotic collapsing state that was Albania in the 1990s.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

ADRIAN PACI was born in 1969 in Shkoder, Albania. He lives and works in Milan, Italy.

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Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago - Luis Gispert

“Turbo Burbo” , 2010

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

Turbo Burbo is the clashing of two worlds. Two sets of images and two sets of sound tracks are interdispursed to create a visual and sonic rhythm. The music is a cinematic 1960′s BrazilianTropicalia piece by Gal Costa which is, every two seconds interrupted by a recording made of a 1980′s Miami pirate radio DJ performing a live call and response routine. The camera follows a cinematic sequence of a woman in period dress as if she is being followed by the viewer. The sequence of her stroll is interrupted by flashing vintage found images that coincide with the DJ’s screaming voice as woman’s pace quickens and becomes panicked.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

New York-based artist and filmmaker Luis Gispert combines consumerist pop culture and 80s aesthetics with Freudian nightmares and soci-economic provocation. Working in sculpture, film, video, and photography, Gispert explores narratives which reveal a range of experiences derived from various aspects of American culture: immigration, hip-hop, truck drivers, aviation enthusiasts, to name a few.

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The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London - Christina Benz

“Station”, 2008

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

A Swiss model train is driving through a landscape made of chocolate. After a while, the landscape starts to melt. Houses, trees and mountains collapse. The train journey is accompanied by cheerful traditional acordeon music.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Christina Benz studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London from 2001-2004 and completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) 2008-2010.


The works of Benz are visual statements that engage with the nature of today’s society. Benz deals with the expectations – of the viewer as well as the protagonist – embedded in the actions of her characters. Many of the protagonists are constrained in prolonged repetitive situations, however undeterred they continually strive to change their situation.


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The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London – John Zieman

“Time Suite”, 2009

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film


ABOUT THE FILM:

” ‘Time Suite’, is a poetic musing upon our human perception of time. First, my lines of text were animated, using computer motion graphics. Those text animations were then projected upon the bodies of human subjects, and the combined image was filmed in High Definition.

As the type wraps around their forms, the subjects literally ‘embody’ the text. The result is a series of clean yet layered portraits, and a commentary on the common human experience. It contains both a literal commentary on the passage of time and an emotional portrayal of how one feels, while sensing time and its passing.”


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

John Zieman has been directing and editing film and video in NYC for many years. The wide range of credits include documentary, feature film, advertising, and cultural / arts programming.


Throughout the years, he has continuously created his own personal Video Art work, and worked on high profile projects with other video artists – including Nam June Paik, John Sanborn & Kit Fitzgerald, and Dara Birnbaum. His latest work, “Time Suite”, is a formal visual exploration of a new technique with great emotive possibilities.


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V1 Gallery, Copenhagen / Charles Bank Gallery, New York – Kasper Sonne

“The List”, 2010

*Armory & Volta NY Gallery Compilation Film

ABOUT THE FILM:

Sonne’s video work – The List (2010) – is completely devoid of representational images, thus questioning our traditional perception of the media through the presentation of a sequence of written statements.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kasper Sonne’s work revolves around conceptual strategies, invoked with certain sensitivity, poetics, melancholia and doubt, executed within a personalized neo post-minimalist aesthetic framework.

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PUBLIC ARTS & CURATORS SELECTED ARTISTS


Adelaide Bannerman presents:

Ben Rivers, I Know Where
I’m Going”, 2009



ABOUT THE FILM:

“A fragmented road trip through Britain on the peripheries. Down empty roads, off in the wilderness, a few lone stragglers. My first stop geologist Jan Zalasiewicz, talking about the Earth in One-hundred millions years time.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Ben Rivers was born in Somerset in 1972, and lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, 1990-93. He has exhibited at many international film festivals and galleries, and won numerous international awards.

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Edith Marie Pasquier, “Blue Hare“, 2010



ABOUT THE FILM:

The hawk becomes the thing she hunts, the watcher slowly merges with the hawk and a quality of deep strangeness is invested within a shifting landscape.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Edith Marie Pasquier is an interdisciplinary artist working and living in London, UK.

Coming from a performance and improvised music background, Pasquier uses chance and performance techniques as part of her filming and editing process. Her films are intense observations of the ‘live’ and fleeting qualities of the ephemeral moment and the experience of that encounter.

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Edith Marie Pasquier, “Wanderer“, 2010



ABOUT THE FILM:

1976. A tropical jungle. A bird appears so familiar but suddenly exotic. The colonial architecture.  The wetness of the air, the steam covering all surfaces. Banana plants. Cocoa flowers. 2010. A tropical jungle.  The same bird is singing, a common robin.

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Edith Marie Pasquier, Coyote Daydream”, 2009



ABOUT THE FILM:

The Hollywood Hills, California.  A meeting with a coyote.  Out of place and caught in a desert suburbia, the coyote is often spoken off but rarely seen.  No longer hunted by the wolf and left to roam, it lurks closer to the city: between the street lamps and the formal parks its presence lingers.

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Edith Marie Pasquier, Lark of The Border”, 2010



ABOUT THE FILM:

A memory visually erased of a factory and the people who worked there. The borders and line drawings become interruptions of a continual migration between people and the environment. The cultural imagination of the desert and the city, icons of a country’s myths slip. So, fears and dreams appear replaced by a landscape consumed by natural and human interventions. A society wanders among scrap metal and defunct machinery. The people who once lived and work there are an enigma: as enigmatic as the material legacy that in time is absorbed by the land.


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boyleANDshaw, London – “Bang it while ya can NY 2011″


ABOUT THE FILM:

A boyleANDshaw image project applying the experimental logics – feedback, collaboration, multiplicity, expansion – of their live works to film to generate new layers and sequences for existing documentary footage.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

boyleANDshaw have gained attention for their lengthy semi-improvised collaborative performance works, but the trace of their activities also includes drawing, painting, video, sound, sculpture and text.

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Climate: Curated by Megan Cump & Carolyn Monastra, New York:

Brent Green, “Carlin”, 2006


ABOUT THE FILM:

My Aunt Carlin moved in with us when I was a kid. She had diabetes and really wanted to die. Carlin was shot stop-motion, with wooden characters, and stuffed chickens.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Brent Green lives in Cressona, Pennsylvania. His films have screened at Sundance, BAM Next Wave, and Rotterdam International.  He has performed at the Wexner Center, Getty Museum, and The Kitchen.

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Carolyn Monastra, “lovely, dark and deep”, 2006


ABOUT THE FILM:

A peaceful hot spring lulls us into a trance-like state. Referencing the imperceptible darkness beneath much beauty– this video suggests the gradual and unpredictable brewing of personal or political turmoil.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Carolyn Monastra received her MFA from the Yale School of Art. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the Marguiles Collection in Miami. She resides in Brooklyn.

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Dan Torop, “Ocean”, 2008


ABOUT THE FILM:

The digital “Ocean” was created by a real-time, physics based, interactive manifestation of the ocean to which Torop hooked up a gamepad to allow control of viewpoint and climate variables.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Dan Torop is a photographer and digital artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His work often deals with a subjective relationship to the land and the inhabitants thereof.

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Jem Cohen, “Blessed Are the Dreams of Men”, 2006


ABOUT THE FILM:

Moving towards an unknown destination, anonymous passengers float through an unidentified landscape. Unscripted, and built from Cohen’s archive documenting his travels, the film can be seen as a curious parable.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Cohen, a Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Alpert Fellow, has received grants from the NEA, Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, and NYFA. His films are in the collections of MoMA and the Whitney.

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Jessica Langley and Ben Kinsley, “Mothers of Mt. Esja”, 2008


ABOUT THE FILM:

Shot in Iceland in October 2008, a choir of new mothers sing the old and well-known Icelandic lullaby Sofðu Unga Ástin Mín to their babies by the sea.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Jessica Langely (MFA Virginia Commonwealth) and Ben Kinsley (MFA Carnegie Mellon) have exhibited internationally.  They have attended artist residencies in Iceland where this film was made. They reside in Pittsburgh.

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Karen Azoulay, “The Astronomer’s Mime”, 2011


ABOUT THE FILM:

The Astronomer’s Mime is a stop motion animation that employs a mixture of photographic and sculptural techniques to create a visual experience reminiscent of a tableaux vivant.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Azoulay is a Canadian artist, living in New York City. She has exhibited at the Cue Art Foundation, Mercer Union, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from York University.


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ELECTRONIC ARTS INTERMIX, NEW YORK

Takeshi Murata, “EAI 40th Anniversary Intro”, 2011

ABOUT THE FILM:

EAI commissioned Murata to create a special introductory piece for EAI’s 40th anniversary programming. Murata’s intricate and lush creation is a stunning homage to forty years of experimentation by artists.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Takeshi Murata produces extraordinary digital works that refigure the experience of animation. Whether altering appropriated footage or creating fields of seething color, Murata creates seductively organic and totally digital visions.

Takeshi Murata, “Infinity Doors”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Utilizing clips from The Price is Right, Murata edits a kinetic series of prize unveils. The superfluity of reward reveals television excitement as a phenomenon both comical and peculiar.

Martha Rosler, “Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition”, 2011

ABOUT THE FILM:

In 2003, twenty-six women participated in a live restaging of Rosler’s seminal 1975 video Semiotics of the Kitchen. This video documents rehearsals with Rosler and the public “audition.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Martha Rosler is one of contemporary art’s most important cultural critics. In her work, she constructs incisive social and political analyses of the myths and realities of contemporary culture.

Jaime Davidovich, “The Live! Show Promo”, 1982

ABOUT THE FILM:

This promo for Davidovich’s legendary cable access program (which aired on Manhattan Cable Television in the ’80s) implores viewers to “turn off commercial television and turn on The Live! Show.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jaime Davidovich is a conceptual, video and installation artist, as well as a pioneering activist for the potential of artist-run, local cable television programming.

Kristin Lucas, “Background Story”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Lucas presents a slideshow of fair use background images, drawn from the Internet, alongside a story created by strangers enlisted via Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon.com’s online human labor marketplace.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Lucas’ multidisciplinary diaristic work in video, installation, performance, and other media resonates with social isolation and alienation from the electronic media that she posits as a surrogate for personal interaction.

Cynthia Maughan, Selected Works, 1973-76

ABOUT THE FILM:

This selection of works by Maughan includes seven dark and humorous sketches from the mid-1970s colored by her satirical wit and eclectic persona.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Cynthia Maughan created more than 300 short works in between 1973 and 1980. Adopting an eclectic array of fictional characters, her video dramas touch on collective notions of the female.

Andrew Lampert, “Am I From Brooklyn?”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

With the dry wit of a disaffected comic, Lampert ponders what life might have been like had he grown up in different neighborhoods in Brooklyn, as opposed to his native St. Louis.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Andrew Lampert was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1976. His work has been shown at the 2006 Whitney Biennial; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York; British Film Institute, London; The Kitchen, New York, and Light Industry, Brooklyn, amongst many other venues. Lampert’s work has also been featured in a number of international festivals, including the New York Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In addition to his work as an interdisciplinary artist, he is the Film Archivist at Anthology Film Archives in New York.

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Film and Video Umbrella and Olympic Delivery Authority, London
Simon Pope
, “Memory Marathon”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

‘Memory Marathon’ is an 80-minute film of a large-scale participative event in which artist Simon Pope walked a specially planned 26-mile marathon route through the five London boroughs that will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Continuing a series of trademark walking and memory projects by this innovative artist, ‘Memory Marathon’ is a unique collective undertaking that celebrates the enduring importance of personal memories.

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Filmarmalade presents Assemblers, Poseurs, Slappers, Cutters and a Gorbals Kiss, London

Aukje Dekker, “Versus”, 2006

ABOUT THE FILM:

Aukje Dekker’s Versus, records the artist first kissing then headbutting a boxing ball continuously for 10 minutes as a single take performance to camera.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Aukje Dekker recently exhibited work at the Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Amsterdam, the Camden Arts Centre, London, the Venice Biennial and at the Crypt Gallery, London. She was born in Holland and lives and works in Amsterdam.

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Kristian De La Riva, “Cut”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Kristian De La Riva’s Cut, which explores the sense of trauma experienced after a significant personal loss, through the cartoonesque violent dismemberment of the human body as a radical strategy for cutting away all that hurts.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kristian De La Riva recently exhibited work at the BCA Gallery, Bedford, the Globe Gallery, Newcastle, the Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys and at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London. He was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in London.
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Luciano Zubillaga, “Music For A Missing Film”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Luciano Zubillaga’s Music For A Missing Film, traces the spiritual and material remnants of the lost film El Huerco made in Venezuela in 1964.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Luciano Zubillaga recently exhibited work at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art and at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. He was born in Argentina and lives and works in London.

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Ralitza Petrova, “By The Grace Of God”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Ralitza Petrova’s By The Grace Of God, follows the tragic odyssey of the character Jürgen attempt to make contact with his imagined mother, the Queen of England.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Ralitza Petrova recently exhibited work at the Cannes International Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris and at the Rio International Film Festival. She was born in Bulgaria and lives and works in London.

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FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), London - Phil Coy

“Façade”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Façade re-transmits some of the flawed utopias and polarised theories suggested by Sergei Eisenstein’s unmade film ‘The Glass House’ into a fantastical vision of contemporary glass architecture far removed from its egalitarian origins. Shot in a green screen television studio the action takes place in the non-spaces it describes conflating archive footage of plate glass manufacture with architectural ‘walkthroughs’ of never-to-be-built glass buildings. Narrated by TV news anchor Julia Somerville Façade casts ‘glass’ as a transparent subject rendered slowly opaque by the language it engenders.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Phil Coy was born in Gloucestershire and lives and works in London. His recent films, photographs, sculptures, performances, and text works set up a tension between ideas routed in the radical art practices of the 1960s and the language, architecture and systems of today’s culture of global commerce. Recent solo presentations of his work include Whitechapel Art gallery and South London Gallery, Volt/ USF gallery Bergen, Norway as well as Phil Coy and Yuko Shiraishi at The Russian Club Gallery, London.

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Kim Burgess-Driver Collection, London


David Blandy, “Child of the Atom”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Child of the Atom fuses fiction with reality in an intimate and powerful portrayal of Blandy’s visit to Hiroshima. Do he and his daughter owe their lives to the bomb?

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

David Blandy (b. 1976, London) lives and works in London, using video, performance, comics and computer games to address identity formation and its relationship to popular culture.

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Dinu Li, “Family Village”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Through the eyes of a boy on a boat journey meandering across forest scenes and townscapes, Family Village interrogates the notion of authenticity, the vernacular and the essence of culture.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

The work of British artist Dinu Li – spanning video, photography, performance, and installation – is characterised by world events, histories, life experiences, popular culture, chance observations and figments of the imagination.

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Emily Richardson, “Petrolia”, 2005

ABOUT THE FILM:

Petrolia looks at the architecture of the oil industry along the Scottish coastline presenting a haunting record of industrial phenomena.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Emily Richardson is a UK filmmaker and artist whose films and installations explore landscapes and environments to reveal the way that activity, movement and light are inscribed in place.
Her works have been shown internationally, at venues as diverse as Tate in London, the New York and Venice International Film Festivals, and on national television in the UK.

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Lynne Marsh, “Stadium”, 2008

ABOUT THE FILM:

The Olympiastadion in Berlin, the infamous site of Leni Riefenstahl’s film on the 1936 Olympic Games, is both setting and protagonist in “Stadium”.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Lynne Marsh is a Canadian artist working between Montréal, London and Berlin. Working predominately with video, installation and sound her works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

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Matt Calderwood, “Battery”, 2003

ABOUT THE FILM:

A heavy car battery suspended by rope hangs menacingly over his hands. The rope is set alight and burns through sending the battery crashing down.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Matt Calderwood likes to make the best of the things he finds, he takes the most prosaic and humble materials and teases or presses impressive feats of beauty and strength from them.

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Matt Calderwood, “Cuff”, 2006

ABOUT THE FILM:

We look directly up at a bare hanging light bulb. A blood pressure cuff is fastened around the bulb and inflated, the pressure becomes too much and the bulb is crushed

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Matt Calderwood, “Gloss”, 2004

ABOUT THE FILM:

A lit light bulb fills the frame, then from below, a can of black gloss paint is raised, gradually immersing the bulb in the slick viscose liquid. The bulb is soon submerged.

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Matt Calderwood, “Ladder”, 2000

ABOUT THE FILM:

He leans a ladder up against a featureless brick wall, gradually, he climbs the ladder chopping out the rungs beneath him as he goes. There is no way back.

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Matt Calderwood, “Rope”, 2000

ABOUT THE FILM:

A hanging rope bisects the frame. Tying it securely around his waist, he reaches down and pulls the rope up from the floor, the hanging rope tightens, he hauls himself upwards.

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What it is Not: New Work UK
LUX Touring Programme

What it is Not brings together a selection of new works by UK-based artists. Against the new as a contemporary visibility, these works interrogate these terms, their own structures and language.


Ed Atkins, “Death Mask 2: The Scent”, 2010

Courtesy of Ed Atkins and Cabinet London

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Mark Aerial Waller, “Phantom Avantgarde”, 2010

Courtesy of Mark Aerial Waller and LUX London

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Mark Leckey, “Concrete Vache”, 2010

Courtesy of Mark Leckey and Cabinet London

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Laure Prouvost, “The Artist”, 2010

Courtesy of Laure Prouvost and LUX London

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James Richards, “Misty Suite”, 2009

Courtesy of James Richards and LUX London

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David Raymond Conroy, “Ramon Requilman Live”, 2010

Courtesy of David Raymond Conroy and SEVENTEEN, London

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Marie Losier, “Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist”

ABOUT THE FILM:

2008, 16mm, color, 25 min.
The latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film
portraits of avant-garde directors (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Marie Losier, born in France in 1972, is a filmmaker and curator working in New York City. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals. She studied literature at the University of Nanterre (France) and Fine Art in New York City.  She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists.

Her films are regularly shown at prestigious art and film festivals and museums, such as The Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, PS1, MOMA, The Berlin Film Festival, The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tribeca Film Festival, The Cinemathèque Francaise and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris… She was also included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial (Whitney Museum, NY) .


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Peckham Space, London – Jessica Voorsanger

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jessica Voorsanger is an American artist living in London. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Goldsmiths College (MA Fine Art), and has had one-person exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Berlin & Turin. Recently she exhibited at Gallerie 33, Berlin; The ICA ; Whitechapel Art Gallery; and also completed a project for Louis Vuitton.

Jessica’s work explores the concept of ‘celebrity’ within popular culture; through obsession, fans and media representation. Until recently, it has dealt specifically with the relationship between celebrities and their ‘fans’, and the ideology of fan culture. She attempts to capture the inaccessibility of celebrities by confronting a fan’s excitement and eternal love, with the improbability of them meeting their idol. She also believes that the present overwhelming domination of ‘Reality TV’ has changed the concept of celebrity, so that it no longer just describes ‘people of talent’ – but ones of ‘noteriety’ as well.

“Peckham Heroes”, 2011

ABOUT THE FILM:

Jessica Voorsanger explores celebrity and celebration through the heroes of Peckham (South London) by inviting people to portray them and sing karaoke songs in their honour. Local High School students selected the heroes. * * *

The Woody Allen Show”, 2008

ABOUT THE FILM:

This film by Jessica Voorsanger consists of her performing Woody Allen’s early stand-up routines, impersonating Woody Allen. Other than an homage, the project explored Jessica’s connections to New York and Judaism (like Allen).


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tank.tv, London

Johan Grimonprez, “Double Take”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

An ingenious hybrid, Double Take is part documentary, part experiment and a thought-provoking and hugely entertaining work that draws surprising parallels between Cold War anxieties and the Master of Suspense.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

The young Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez was born in 1962 and studied in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme. He first came to prominence in 1997 when his highly acclaimed one-hour video montage Dial H-I-S-T-0-R-Y was first shown at Centre Pompidou, Paris and Documenta X, Kassel.

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Mounir Fatmi, “Architecture Now No. 1″, 2010-11

ABOUT THE FILM:

The visual representation of a physical deconstruction, as Fatmi explores the ontology of a housing estate whilst in the process of its demolition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Mounir Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the viewer from their preconceptions of politics and religion, and allows them to contemplate these and other subjects in new ways. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires.


They directly address the current events of our world, and serve to both clarify the origins and symptoms of global issues, as well as speak to those whose lives are affected by specific events.

Mounir Fatmi’s work has been exhibited in the Migros Museum für Gegenwarskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo Japan.

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Mounir Fatmi, “Architecture Now No. 2″, 2010-11

ABOUT THE FILM:

The visual representation of a physical deconstruction, as Fatmi explores the ontology of a housing estate whilst in the process of its demolition.

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Mounir Fatmi, “I Lived On The 3rd Floor”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

What is the memory of a place?  Perhaps concealed within a communal consciousness: the community, the individual, the crane that is being used to destruct it one brick at a time.

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Ruth Paxton, “She Wanted To Be Burnt”, 2007

ABOUT THE FILM:

What has this young woman woken up to?  Flashbacks reveal alcohol, sex and what else?  Was there a body in the bathtub or is that part of the dream…?


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

A writer/director, Ruth Paxton makes works that sit at the intersection of art film and artists’ film, with a clearly defined cultural and artistic aesthetic sensibility.

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Maria Marshall, “Matthew”, 2011

ABOUT THE FILM:

A bleach blonde surfer, a breaking wave and a helicopter.

Artprojx Cinema NY represents the world premiere screening of this, the new film from a major international film and video artist.


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Maria Marshall explores complex and sophisticated perspectives in a singular approach.  Her works exploit tensions.  Drawing on formalist aesthetics and languages, her works play with the artist’s attitude to reality.

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Jeremy Deller + Chrissie Iles, “A Discussion”, 2007

ABOUT THE FILM:

In 2007, tank.tv invited Chrissie Iles and Jeremy Deller to create a film based on a discussion around concepts of collaboration and participation.  As curators, producers and directors of a broad range of projects, events, films and publications, they speak of drawing attention to forms of culture in the mainstream and reveal hidden histories.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Chrissie Iles is a writer, a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Jeremy Deller is a British artist.  He makes politically and socially charged performance-based works.

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Terry Smith, “Broken Voices”, 2008-9

ABOUT THE FILM:

Broken Voices investigates the connection between visual and sound language. Using footage from the artists own archive and including studio performances and animated sequences.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Terry Smith has exhibited internationally since the 1990’s and in 2008 was given a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in recognition of a body of work that encompasses site-specific architectural interventions, video installations and sound works.

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The Woodmill, London

The Woodmill present a package of recent artist film works selected from the Woodmill studios and exhibition programme. This specially compiled presentation highlights new contemporary works by chosen artists, as well as commissioned
pieces, and interspersed vignettes. All together this compilation provides a unique perspective upon the expansive life and setting of the burgeoning space set in South London’s Bermondsey.





Chris Clarke, ‘This will not last as long as you (trailer)’, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Shot on 16mm in my home town of Kenilworth, This will not last as long as you is a film portrait of my father and his 1974 Triumph Spitfire. The surface of the car is studied and captured on film: the body, the worn upholstery, the engine. Through the close examination of the car the film becomes a meditation on the personal significance given to objects in our lives.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

TChris Clarke was born in Warwickshire, UK in 1981. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He has had solo exhibitions at Supplement, London and SWG3, Glasgow. He lives and works in London.

Una Knox, ‘He always thought of just two things’, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

A character’s slapstick attempt presents a reflection on the failure of vision and content formed through editing.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Una Knox works across mediums of film/video, sculpture and photography exploring narrative and history. Recent exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2009 at A Foundation, London & Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, ‘ZIGGURAT’, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

The second part of Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann’s Iraq trilogy; A walk through of the the Neo-Sumerian Great Ziggurat of Ur, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. The tour is produced entirely from images and videos shot by US service men from near by Camp Adder.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

[Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, show]…a direct, no frills approach to the realisation of their ideas, intentionally making-do with a lexicon of commonplace building materials such as scaffolding and white goods as the props which speak in an eloquently immediate, no degrees of separation from a contemporary source, kind of voice…the artists allow history’s specific bearings to be freely moved and remixed within the independently standing time and space continuum of their liberating gallery occupation, almost invoking the possibility of a new, properly inaccurate, skewed oral history in the making.

Jasiek Mischke, ‘Sometimes not being present… ‘, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Documentation of a spoken word performance held in east London, November 2010.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

b.1983. Graduated from MA Goldsmiths in 2010. Works in several media: writing, drawing, fabric, sculpture and film. His video pieces and performances promote changing and fractured internal experiences, manipulating the rise and fall of the human-centredness. Has exhibited in several group shows Throughout the Netherlands and the UK.

Patrick Coyle, ‘TITLE TEXT HERE’, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

In the video entitled TITLE TEXT HERE, Patrick Coyle presents each of the animated titling options available in version 8.0.6 of iMovie. Using the default duration assigned to each title clip, a string of template texts appear in unlikely succession, from the familiar ‘Lorem Ipsum’ to an absurd listing of characters starring as each other in a fictional movie. The artist’s arrangement of found text before a red cinema curtain emulates the first set of options available to a user at the initial stage of producing his or her own movie.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Patrick Coyle (b. Hull 1983) is a London-based artist and writer. He studied MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London (2008-2010) and BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw, University of the Arts London (2002-2005). Recent exhibitions include up, Jerwood Project Space, London (2010); The Bottom Line, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (2011) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation, Liverpool and ICA, London (2010-2011).

Alastair Frazer, ‘Digging scene (-London)’ (Boats Blow Over), 2009-10

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

b. London, 1984. Practice focuses on that felt through the mind- suspense and instant in the neural, incoordinate and new distillation, anthropology, confusion and a possible contemporary archaeology- Waiting and the unstoppable, temperament & temperance, deploying, material myth/ metaphor, sticky, the out of time.. Most recently exhibited in ‘DAYs’ at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 2010/11.

Patricia Lennox-Boyd, ‘Work in Progress’, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

A tower is being constructed from building blocks. No progression. The colour is changing: four red bricks, two yellow ones – of your choice. Time passes. Clothes are swapped. Subjected to the edit, these women’s bodies cannot be stable. THERE WILL BE SOME PAIN.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Patricia Lennox-Boyd lives and works in London. Her work is currently driven by research into feminism and the legacy of minimalist sculpture. Recently she has shown ‘Natur’, a performance, at Wilkinson gallery (London), and has participated in group exhibitions at SWG3 and T1+2 gallery (London). Currently she is residing in Los Angeles where she is participating in the Mountain School of Art (MSA^).

Sidsel Christensen,‘Encounters’, 2007

ABOUT THE FILM:

‘Encounters’ looks at the inherent paradox of the gaze and how it requires an inner reversal so as to see the outer surroundings. I have tried to look at the possibility of collapsing the visual distance – in-between the subjects in the film, the filmmaker and the subject, and the film and the viewer – to take a closer look at what it might mean to discover a representation of the Other within the impossibility of doing so.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Engaged in moving image, live-events and performance-based lectures. She maintains an ongoing working relationship in Norway, where she was brought up, and has studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art respectively. London shows from 2009/10 include partaking in “The Object Of The Attack” at the David Roberts Art Foundation, “IT’S A MESS AND MOST PROBABLY IRREVERSIBLE” curated by Five Storey Projects and showing work at The South London Cultural Centre, Vilma Gold and The Royal Academy as part of the Helmut Newton Ladies Night, hosted by Spartacus Chetwynd. Sidsel is a founding member of Hal Silver and has also recently exhibited with the art collective at The Russian Club Gallery and The Hospital Club in London.

Ben Burgis/ Adam Christensen/ Jack Brennan, Zeus’ Throne- staging – ‘Oblivion’, 07.09.2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

An extract from the installation Zeus’ Throne. Filmed documentation of Adam Christensen and Jack Brennan performing a live musical score ‘Oblivion’ on Ben Burgis’ rotating stage- ‘Zeus’ Throne’.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Ben Burgis 1983, UK Artist
Adam Christensen 1979,UK/DK Artist and Musician
Jack Brennan 1984, UK Musician

Richard Sides, ‘You of all people are no more imporant than any other person to grace the earth’, 2010

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Multi-disciplinary artist currently studying for an MA at Royal College of Art. Recent projects include: ‘Reading a Wave’ at The Woodmill, ‘Systematic Studio’ at 176- The Zablodowicz Collection, London, (2010) ‘Sound Spill at S1 Artspace’, Sheffield (2009).

LuckyPDF, Outro

ABOUT THE FILM:

Outro sequence produced for this screening whilst currently participating in a residency with their Lucky PDF/TV project. Future programmes made at The Woodmill will be available at www.woodmill.org

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

LuckyPDF is an artists’ group that has been active in Peckham, South London since 2008. Members are James Early, John Hill, Ollie Hogan, Yuri Pattison.


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Video Data Bank, Chicago

Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, “Everybody”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Animals debate the sticky subject of body dysmorphia and the merits of reconstructive surgery in this short animation.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Jessie Mott is a visual artist whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, collage, video and installation.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos, screened widely & in several collections.

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Michael Gitlin, “Dust Studies”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

A domestic portrait rendered at miniature scale, Dust Studies brushes along the edge of what can be seen.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Michael Gitlin’s film and video work has been screened at numerous film festivals and venues. His film, The Birdpeople, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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Sterling Ruby, “Hiker”, 2003

ABOUT THE FILM:

The camera follows behind a woman on a mountain hike. An alpine peak can be seen in the distance. This piece uses the trope of the horror soundtrack to build a tension that is never released.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Sterling Ruby is a multi-disciplinary artist who has become known for his richly glazed biomorphic ceramics, large-scale spray-painted canvases, poured urethane sculptures, various forms of collage, and video work.

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Dani Leventhal, “Hearts are Trump Again”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

By way of lush formal and associative shifts, Hearts Are Trump Again evokes the ever-present tension between seemingly polarized states of experience. – Brett Price

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

At once tender and savage, Dani Leventhal’s video diaries capture the banal and the horrific to reveal the transcendent beauty and pain of daily life.

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Nicolas Provost, “Storyteller”, 2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

Storyteller recomposes aerial shots from the Las Vegas casino skyline to create a slick, artificial world, reminiscent of science fiction.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

The video work of Nicolas Provost walks the fine line between dualities, balancing fiction and fine arts, the grotesque and the moving, the beautiful and the cruel.

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Welcome Collection, London

Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. Inspired by the diverse collection amassed by the Trust’s founder – Sir Henry Wellcome – Wellcome Collection has developed a reputation for producing multidisciplinary exhibitions which make imaginative links between the disciplines of science, the humanities and the arts.

Aura Satz, “Sound Seam”, 2009-2010

ABOUT THE FILM:

A sonic love story exploring the material qualities of sound and memory.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Aura Satz (born Barcelona, Spain, 1974) is an artist and writer who lives and works in London.

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Shona Illingworth, “Balnakiel”, 2009

ABOUT THE FILM:

Balnakiel is a complex investigation of underlying tensions and fears at play in the military and civilian occupation of an isolated place, deeply marked by previous trauma and subject to ongoing preparations for war and conflict.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Shona Illingworth’s video and sound installations explore the experience of memory and formation of identity in situations of social tension and trauma. Her work has been shown throughout the UK and internationally.

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Marion Coutts, “26 Things”

ABOUT THE FILM:

A cinematic still-life, exploring visual perception, pattern recognition and sleight of hand through the curious and copious collection of Henry Wellcome.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Marion Coutts (born Nigeria, 1964) is an artist making film and sculptural installations who lives and works in London.

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Jordan Baseman, “Nature’s Great Experiment: Tape 1 Tape 2”, 2007

ABOUT THE FILM:

A disquieting exploration of nature versus nurture in the behavioural patterns of twins.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Jordan Baseman (born Philadelphia, USA, 1960) is an artist working primarily in film and video who lives and works in London.

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PREMIERE

You Know Limited, London, “New York Influence City”, 2010

Alex Noyer, Alex Dunn, Rob Wilton, Stuart Birchall

ABOUT THE FILM:

A series of reflections on New York City by key figures of its prominent art scene. The City is considered in light of the history, influence and audience of its art scene and the relationship the artists have with the city. With the participation of Ross Bleckner, Ann Craven, Peter Halley, Donald Sultan, Ryan McGinness, Jacob Hashimoto, Tony Oursler and Eric Freeman.

This documentary takes a method of encounters that gives a fresh insight in the way the art scene perceives this environment and how it affects its vibrancy. From the influence the artists have had as a movement on the city to the relationship they entertain with the city likened to a person, the being of New York takes a very different shape from its concrete outline.

The inspiring, the ugly the love and the hate are in their in the ‘metabolism’ of New York city that the art scene strives to be a key organ of.


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