Train Film at Assembly: a survey of recent artists' film and video in Britain 2008-2013 at TATE Britain

Photos by John Rogers

I showed a reconfiguration of Train Film (14:11) (orginally filmed in The Powerhub, Maidstone) at Tate Britain on Monday 24th February which was one of three expanded cinema events part of a four month programme of artists' film and video curated by Stuart Comer, formerly Tate, now chief curator Media and Performance, MoMA; George Clark, Tate Modern; and Melissa Blanchflower, Tate Britain; with independent curators Simon Payne and Andrew Vallance. 

The new work incorporated two overhead projectors showing 2 of the original 3 filmstrips and a contact print of the filmstrips on standard 8 projected in between the static original filmstrips.  The image is a frameless pinhole photograph on 2ft lengths of super 8 black and white reversal film of the train speeding through the windows of the The Powerhub.

The programme called Assembly: Near and Further Contact II included work by Nicky Hamlyn, Vicky Smith, Greg Pope and Lee Patterson and Torsten Lauschmann.  

White Cube / Dark Cube - February 19th 2014 - Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

I'm excited to be presenting at this symposium at The Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury on Wednesday 19th February 2014. Organised by Dr. Andy Birtwistle of Canterbury Christ Church University, it promises to be a really interesting day.

Symposium: White Cube/Dark Cube

A one-day symposium exploring the changing dynamics of experimental film and video in the 21st century.
Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Price: £35.00/£25.00 student (includes lunch)

Since the 1990s film and video have become common features of the gallery environment. However, while what is now termed ‘artists’ film and video’ has thrived within the white cube, and while 16mm film projection has survived thanks almost entirely to the gallery, experimental film and video makers have witnessed a decline in opportunities to show work on cinema screens, or to have their work broadcast on television. Meanwhile the growth of the internet has provided some film and video makers with an alternative means by which to reach audiences outside of the gallery.

Although critics such as Chrissie Iles have seen the environment of the white cube as a liberation from the ‘restrictions’ of traditional cinema (“Cinema becomes a cocoon, inside which a crowd of relaxed idle bodies is fixed, hypnotized by simulations of reality projected onto a single screen”), what is lost and what is gained when experimental film is shown outside the dark cube – the environment in which it first developed and once thrived?
This one-day conference explores the migration of art film and video to the gallery, and seeks to consider how the white cube has impacted upon the changing dynamics of experimental filmmaking in the 21st century.

Speakers include:

Prof. Chris Meigh-Andrews, University of Central Lancashire & University of the West of England
Dr Glyn Davis, University of Edinburgh
Sarah Durcan, NCAD Dublin & Birkbeck, University of London
Ashitha Nagesh, Visual Arts Journalist, ARTINFO UK
Prof. Steve Hawley, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Marco Grosoli, University of Kent
Hala Georges, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone
Cathy Rogers, Research Candidate, Royal College of Art
Sonia McNally, Canterbury Christ Church University

This event is open to the public.

Venue: Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury,
Time: All Day
Contact: Hazel Stone (email)
Telephone: 01227453267

So Far/ So Good - Research Conference at the RCA

I'm preparing a paper for the Research Conference at the RCA on Friday and Saturday this week (10/11th January 2014), in a session titled The Role of the Analogue in the Digital Age which will be an interesting discussion to take part in.  It's one I try not to highlight as I think we should get over this discussion of either / or - digital in nature in itself.  However, I'm really happy to test some ideas out here, although could be a risky maneuver, but will obviously be contextualised with my research.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Tereza StehlĂ­ková also presenting is; Alex Jukes, Chunhui Meng (convener) and Dr. Birgitta Hosea, Research Leader, Central Saint Martins.

The premise of the conference is:

So Far / So Good is a two day conference organised by the research community enrolled at the Royal College of Art. The program invites R.C.A. researchers to work with national and international research students to collaboratively present work and discussion within four curated sections of the event. Our theme is inspired by a leap in to the space of research and practice. 

I think it's sold out but the advice is turn up early for chance of a cancellation.  The Friday session is based at the Battersea campus and the Saturday session at Kensington.

Film | Performance | Space

Collective-iz curated a screening and performance programme at Summerhall in Edinburgh back in November, where Rosemary Again and Again was shown.  The programme was based on their event at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury back in February last year and included work by Neil Henderson and Jamie Jenkinson.

Here's a nice write up of the evening by Luke Aspell and a link to more documentation.