31 January 2007

Light Reading: Martin/Nightingale/Proctor

London Kingsgate Gallery
Wednesday 31 January 2007, at 7pm

Light Reading Series 6: Further 2 Residency Artists

FURTHER 2 is a three month, part time, moving image residency for three London-based visual artists interested in developing film based projects. The residency provides a period of research, experimentation and development, without the pressure of having a fixed outcome. It includes bespoke workshops, a materials budget and year-long membership of no.w.here artists' film and video lab.

Knitting A Frame (Jennifer Nightingale, 2006)

Helene Martin studied History at the Universite du Maine, Le Mans, France (1992-96), completed her MA at the Royal College of Art in 2005. She has exhibited and taken part in film festivals both nationally and internationally. Helene was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2005 and will showing work as part of 'Starting from Scratch’ in Rotterdam this February.

Jennifer Nightingale explores the relationships between the control of the filmmaking process and the gestures of the filmmaker. She studied for her BA from KIAD in Canterbury, and graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art. During the residency Jennifer’s practice has dealt with the privileging of formal units to elude, to signify, or take the place of movement as an expressive gesture, where whole sequences of movement have been reduced to several precise parts or poses.

Ruth Proctor’s practice spans installation, drawing and photography, and she has recently started to use film in relation to these. Her work deals with ideas coming from music, performance, and the spectacle of sporting events. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005, Ruth has had solo shows at Hollybush Gardens, London, and Center project space in Berlin.

Light Reading is an on-going series of critical dialogues that engage artists, writers and curators in conversation around a selected artist’s body of work. The series is taking a February break but will restart in March 2007. To be included on the mailing list please contact courses@nowhere-lab.org


Kingsgate Gallery
110-116 Kingsgate Road, West Hampstead, London NW6
Nearest Tube / Train: West Hampstead

Tickets: £4 door / £3 advance
Telephone: 020 7372 3925
Email: courses@nowhere-lab.org
Booking is essential for this event, as places are limited.


20 January 2007

I Am Future Melancholic

London Tate Modern
Saturday 20 January 2007, at 7pm

This screening, organised by tank.tv, presents moving images by artists whose practice reflects a vision of tomorrow. Artists include Carsten Höller, Matthieu Laurette, Susanne Bürner, John Latham, Vito Acconci, Xavier Veilhan and others. The structures and systems of reality are examined to reveal glimpses into what we call "the future". This ineffable and intangible concept, that constantly haunts the present, here provokes a wealth of musings and imaginings.

Starship (Bernard Gigounon, 2003)

Artists Mathieu Delvaux, Matthieu Laurette and Susanne Bürner with musician Steve Trafford (ex-member of the Fall / member of Tycoons Follies) will be present at the screening to introduce their work.

Curated by Anne-Sophie Dinant and Laure Prouvost for tank.tv

With the support of Cobra beers, Goethe-Institut London, French Embassy, French Institute London, International Relations Commissariat of the French-speaking Community of Belgium, TANK magazine.


Starr Auditorium
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Nearest Tube: Southwark / London Bridge / Blackfriars

Tickets: £5, booking recommended
Box Office: 020 7887 8888



In BRUXELLES 4020, Mathieu Delvaux & Xavier van Huffel perform street interviews to ask the public what they think Brussels might be like in 4023. The answers, as varied as the people themselves, reveal the concept of the future as a screen for hopes, fears and fantasy. A starting point into an exploration of tomorrow. Challenging, doubt-inducing and transformative aspects of 'the future' can be perceived in Vito Acconci's repetitive acts, recorded in a Super-8 film BREAK-THROUGH or in Philippe Meste's detonative video LHRB. Rachel Reupke's INFRASTRUCTURE is born of a fascination with movie special effects and narrative devices. And Carsten Höller's ONE MINUTE OF DOUBT and PUNKTEFILM induct a representation of our 'timeless everyday', and magically echo the playful nature of his present Unilever Commission in the Turbine Hall. Laurent Montaron shows us a fictive exploration of time and travel through his READINGS, while Matthieu Laurette's impressive cocktail of celebrity lookalikes brings us into confusion at a blurred vision of the limits between performance and observation. Mai Yamashita and Naoto Kobayashi's star, in WHEN I WISH UPON A STAR gives us time we need to wish upon.

Erwin Wurm, I like my time, I don't like my time, 2003, 3 min
Haris Epaminonda, Nemesis 52 (excerpt), 2003, 4 min
Xavier Veilhan, Drumball, 2003, 7.50 min
Carsten Höller, One minute of Doubt, 1999, 1 min
Carsten Höller, Punktefilm, 1998, 45 sec
Philippe Meste, WWXX, 2004, 3 min
Susanne Bürner, Finister, 2005, 5.40 min
Laurent Montaron, Readings, 2005, 14 min
Chris Cornish, Tate Modern, 2002, 3 min
Matthieu Delvaux & Xavier Van Huffel, 4023, 2003, 11 min
Bernard Gigounon, Starship, 2002, 6 min
Matthieu Laurette, Déjà Vu: The 2nd International Lookalike Convention at Castello di Rivoli (The Making of), 2001-02, 2 min
Matthieu Laurette, The Spectacle is not Over, 1998, 3 min
Rachel Reupke, Infrastructure, 2002, 10 min
John Latham, Speak, 1962, 10 min
Vito Acconci, Break-Through, 1970, 3 min
Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashi, When I Wish Upon a Star, 2004, 3 min

Programme duration 90 minutes


14 January 2007

In the Cold, Cold Night

London Arcola Theatre
Sunday 14 January 2007, at 7pm

LUX presents an evening of film and performance dedicated to inclement weather, with performances by Heather Jones X, Andrew Gaston, Paul Hood, Susan Turcot, Dirty Snow and Viralux and a screening of Michael Curran's LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE.

“The white bees are swarming,” said Grandma.
“Do they have a queen too?” asked the little boy, for he knew that real bees had such a ruler.
“Yes,” replied Grandma, “she always flies right at the centre of the storm.”

IN THE COLD, COLD NIGHT will invoke the chill in winter tales, ice crystals, battles of love and silence of snow. Crossing the boundaries between music and art a focused constellation of performances will introduce this special screening of LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE.

Love in a Cold Climate (Michael Curran, 2002)

Taking the form of a fractured journey LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE explores notions of coldness, the act of storytelling and loneliness, all haunted by the spectre of Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen. Whilst seeking the actress Natayla Klimova, who played the role of the Snow Queen in Gennadi Kazinski's 1966 LENFILM production, Curran drifts through a series of episodic encounters which all strangely reflect upon his concerns. Comprised of telephone recitations, fairy story, chance meetings and weather changes LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE emerges as an essay in love and longing.


Arcola Theatre
27 Arcola Street, London E8 2DJ
Nearest Train: Dalston Kingsland

Tickets: £5
Box Office: 020 7503 1646
Email: info@lux.org.uk




Michael Curran lives and works in London and has established a growing reputation for a series of video works with a stark visual style that belie a deft and sophisticated handling of complex, often unsettling material. Curran has exhibited at Rotterdam and Video Positive festivals and galleries such as Rhodes + Mann in London. Read Mike Sperlinger’s essay on LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE at www.lux.org.uk

Visual artist and performer Esther Planas formed her band Dirty Snow in Autumn 1999 and has developed the project in an art context while at the same time pitching it against the detachment and self-conscious irony which tends to typify the 'art-band'. The group's romanticism, musical style and unpredictable mode of performance, which foregrounds emotional expression and improvisation (sometimes to the point of incoherence and collapse...) are for Esther a means of counter-attack and critique against a too intellectual art-world. Dirty Snow exists, in Esther's terms, as a kind of 'ghost band'. www.clubesther.biz

Andrew Gaston runs a multimedia project called Secret Films based in London, a part of which involves the build up and maintenance of a large video archive. He often works with video appropriation within the context of various art projects. This includes live audio visual narrative based performances and remixing music and visuals for a wide variety of events. www.secretfilms.co.uk

Paul Hood one of the prime movers on the London Improv scene. He started working with vintage record players in the early 1990s and has since continued to use turntables as his primary instrument. He's recently put out records on the super-label Japan Improv (with Toshimaru Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama) and with Joel Stern, Anthony Guerra and others on Paradisc and TwoThousandAnd.

viralux is an audio-visual collective of musicians, artists & poets based in South London. it was founded in 2000 by Gordon Dawson & Poppy Coyote. their music is a luxuriant electric guitar soundscape overlaid with song-structured vocals. they perform live to video in art gallery settings. www.myspace.com/viralux

Roger Turner and Susan Turcot have collaborated as a duo with amplified drawing and percussion since 2003. Both work extensively with the fields of visual art, performance and experimental music. Turcot recently exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale while Turner has a wide and eclectic history exploring many forms of percussion in the sonic arts and world of music. www.free-music-production.de

Heather JonesX is a singer-songwriter and author, her blend of folk-punk combines storytelling and balladeering to articulate tales from the darkside. She is a longstanding contributor for both The Illustrated Ape and Vomit in The Mainstream and is currently working on a book of her writings. She is also a long-term collaborator with Viralux. www.myspace.com/hjonesx

07 January 2007

A Song of Love & Living for Living

London Candid Arts Trust
Sunday 7 January 2007, at 4pm

A SONG OF LOVE is a selection of films about non-meeting, or the exchange with an invisible other where solitude leaves room for many things to happen. The films in LIVING FOR LIVING address the question of waiting for the ideal love, the relationship one dreams about and the reality lived by the other person.

Includes work by Estelle Artus, Karine Bonneval, Anne Brégeaut, Sylvain Ciavaldini, Carine Doerflinger, Sandrine Elberg, Isabelle Ferreira, Maike Freess, Alain K, Angelika Markul, David Ortsman, Arnold Pasquier, Frédéric Pompéani, Maud Querol Ferrer, Sandra Vanbremeersch.

Laurent Quénéhen is a Paris-based photographer and curator. In 2002 he approached a dozen European visual artists and proposed they participate in a program of short video films entitled LOVE VIDEO. This program was followed by ROMANCE (2003), A SONG OF LOVE (2004), ROSE AND GREEN (2005), and LIVING FOR LIVING (2006). The theme of each compilation, often inspired by an existing work of art, is invariably related to the representation of intimate feelings and relationships. The themes allow for a great variety of works united by formal characteristics such as short duration, non-narrative structure, and the importance of image over text.

Curated by Laurent Quénéhen, La Brigade des Images, Paris.


Rocco K (Alain K, 2003)


A SONG OF LOVE is a selection of films about meeting the other person. Yet, it would be more accurate to say that they relate stories about non-meeting rather than meeting, like in an eponymous short film by the French writer Jean Genet made in 1950 (forbidden until 1975). In this film, the viewer, together with the prison guard, spies on a prisoner caressing himself while thinking of his companion separated from him by a thick brick wall. There is an exchange between the two people, however unusual. The films in A SONG OF LOVE are also about the exchange with the invisible other. The visible part of a film on this subject can equally well reveal both what is present and what is missing. Solitude leaves room for many things to happen.

Sylvain Ciavaldini, The Life of an Artist: The Success, 2003, 3 min
Arnold Pasquier, La Notte, 2003, 4 min
Maike Freess, If I Were You, 2003, 7 min
Carine Doerflinger, Aquarium, 2002, 2 min
Karine Bonneval, I, 2004, 6 min
Anne Brégeaut, I'm O.K., 2004, 1 min
Isabelle Ferreira, The Sludge, 2004, 3 min
Angelika Markul, The O.C.D, 2004, 4 min
Estelle Artus, Domestic Underground, 2003, 8 min
Alain K, Rocco K, 2003, 1 min
Frédéric Pompéani, My Way, 2003, 4 min
Anne Brégeaut, Today - Nothing, 2004, 25 sec
Sandra Vanbremeersch, And if Tomorrow …, 2004, 3 mins


LIVING FOR LIVING (Vivre pour Vivre) is the title of a film by Claude Lelouch about the life of a couple, infidelity, then three people in a relationship, and finally solitude. Short films presented in the program address the question of waiting for the ideal love, the relationship one dreams about and the reality lived by the other person.

Angélika Markul, Régina, 2005, 3 min
Alain K, C'est plus Sûr, 2006, 2 min
Isabelle Ferreira, Parade, 2005, 2 min
Maud Querol Ferrer, Fragment d'un Discours Amoureux, 2003, 8 min
Maike Freess, When it's Most Beautiful, 1999, 4 min
Estelle Artus, Where it Clicks, 2006, 8 min
Sandrine Elberg, Chambre X, 2005, 3 min
David Ortsman, Ma Sœur Adore Mon Frère, 2005, 4 min
Carine Doerflinger, La Reine de la Nuit, 2004, 3 min
Arnold Pasquier, Le Paradis est où Je Suis, 2005, 5 min


Candid Arts Trust
3 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ
Nearest Tube: Angel

Tickets: £5 / £3 concessions
Email: info@cogcollective.co.uk