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
Url: www.canterbury.ac.uk/shop/Cube-Symposium

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