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ICO Archive Screening Day Programme: This Is Now

This-is-NowIn the early 1980s clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene used inexpensive, domestic technology to find new modes of expression and subvert the mainstream media. The DIY approach of punk was powerfully reborn.

The period also saw new perspectives and voices emerge. More female, gay and black filmmakers pushed themselves forward and often they were friends; squatting flats, clubbing and developing new styles and techniques together. ‘Scratch video’ artists meanwhile cut-up pre-existing material to create startling new juxtapositions and reveal hidden meanings, and had an extraordinary impact.

These films focus on work from the early 80s that explored the blurred lines between media images and identity, creating new dialogues between the self and the world. Technology appeared to ease life, make things more exciting yet also create gaps between people. Artists considered what images and technology could mean and be in their fullest sense.

Weaving film and video together, often utilsing religious imagery, and introducing colour, effects and surface texture, filmmakers generated a new, vividly transcendental style by the end of the post-punk era.  Key examples of this sensual, visually mature work are presented alongside other dynamic pieces that explore the dreamlike state.* The films are listed below.

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ICO Archive Screening Day Programme: The Wonderful World of Colour

Wonderful_World_of_Colour

Colour has been used in silent film since its very beginning – as spectacle in its own right, as a means of underscoring a narrative by addressing the senses and emotions of the audience, and in relation to the opening up of a world of colour in other popular art forms.

In this selection you will find glorious examples of hand colour, tinting and toning, stencil colour from the sound era as well as Gasparcolor and Technicolor from the sound era.*

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PoetryFilm invited to attend the ICO Archive Screening Day at the BFI, Thursday 4 December

PoetryFilm has been invited to be a delegate at the Archive Screening Day event at the BFI Southbank organised by the ICO (Independent Cinema Office). Designed for independent exhibitors, this will be an industry screenings event showcasing films from the UK’s national and regional film archives – extremely rich resources.

The Archive Screening Day sessions are outlined below and the archive film programmes will be posted here separately.

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Magic Mirror: Sarah Pucill

Magic Mirror translates the startling force of French surrealist Claude Cahun’s photographs into a choreographed series of tableaux vivants. Re-staging Cahun’s black and white images with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus (Confessions Untold), the film explores the links between Cahun’s photographs and writings. The kaleidoscope aesthetic that runs through the film serves not only to weave between image and word but also between the work of Cahun and the films of Sarah Pucill, creating a dialogue between two artists who share similar iconography and concerns. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Pucill and Helena Reckitt.*

3 December, 7pm, JW3 Cinema, London

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Zata Banks invited to contribute to the AHRC-funded “Pararchive” Conference at Leeds University

I am delighted to have been invited to contribute an academic presentation called The PoetryFilm Archive 2002-2015 to the Pararchive Conference at Leeds University.

This AHRC-funded conference and community showcase marks the climax of an eighteen-month multidisciplinary research project entitled Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive. The project is based at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds and  seeks to build new interactive environments that explore issues of ownership, public and institutional relationships and provide tools for collaborative community research and creative expression using digital heritage resources.

Many thanks to the team at Pararchive for the invitation.

Friday 27th March 2015 – Saturday 28th March 2015

stage@leeds, University of Leeds

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Mirror Mirror: McAlpine Miller at Castle Galleries

Mirror Mirror | McAlpine Miller

“The idea behind the work is more important than the work itself.” – Stuart McAlpine Miller

Cited by art critics as “changing the course of art history” and having had his influence and appeal likened to Picasso, Stuart McAlpine Miller has catapulted to the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

His new collection, Mirror Mirror, goes above and beyond classic portraiture and offers a storyboard of social commentary. His work exposes the vanity and consumerism of modern society and reflects it back on the viewer. There is intelligence behind the gloss.

The exhibition will launch with a special private view in the presence of the artist on Thursday 4th December 6pm – 9pm in Mayfair. It will then run for three weeks.

Regulate art exhibition ends on 5 December 2014

The Regulate art exhibition in Sheffield runs until 5 December 2014 at The Montgomery in Sheffield. The show features work by 12 artists exploring the theme of repetition, including Full Stop by Zata Kitowski.