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Steve Farrer: Film Screening


De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill UK, Saturday 20 February 2pm
Auditorium Tickets: £5, £4 DLWP members and concessions

A programme of experimental films by Steve Farrer made between the mid-seventies and the present; a particular emphasis is made on new abstract works exploring methods of creating levels of structure by the use of simple machines and notation. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. Film likely to contain nudity/sexual images.

Also s installation in Gallery 2:

This exhibition, shown as an immersive installation, is a new commission by Steve Farrer. Best known for his work related to the notions around expanded cinema – which offers an alternative perspective in filmmaking by reinterpreting the given conditions of the cinematic medium – Farrer’s work opens up questions around the spectator’s construction of time/space relations and activates the live context of watching.

Shot in the De La Warr Pavilion’s auditorium, the principle sequence is based on mesmerizing and dream-like scene, The Kingdom of the Shades, from the French choreographer Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, first performed in 1877. The long and slow repeated-arabesque sequence involves the entire corps de ballet, dancing one by one, in formal articulation across the stage in perfect accumulated unison. The orientation grids of the sequence are revisited in Farrer’s work; the massed ranks of the corps replicated in the multiple exposure of a single performer’s gesture, repeated and looped through the camera and projector. The work interrogates an accepted cinematic experience, giving it a new perspective and engaging the speculation of the audience.

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Curating Constellations

Screendance makers and scholars often lament the lack of exhibition possibilities outside the common dance film festival format, that is annual competitive screenings that rarely diverge from a discipline-based curatorial approach and focus exclusively on new works of screendance. What might an alternative model look like? Papers and events have continued to revisit the question with varying degrees of success, exploring the setting and duration of screenings, as well as thematic programming, among others. On a recent visit to Liverpool’s Tate Modern, I was inspired by the exhibition ‘Constellations’, a show that organizes works of art into nine different ‘star clusters’, distinct sections arranged conceptually around one influential work designated as the ‘trigger’ :

…the displays offer a fresh way of viewing and understanding artworks through correspondences rather than chronological narrative.

 Acting as the originating ‘trigger’ of each constellation is one artwork that has been chosen for its revolutionary effect on modern and contemporary art. Each of these trigger works is displayed among artworks that relate to it, and to each other, across time and location of origin. Chosen for their similarity to, apparent difference from or transformation of the trigger work, each grouping creates an accumulation of relationships and meaning that extends the themes and concerns of the originating work. (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/display/dla-piper-series-constellations).

Imagine the exciting possibilities of experiencing screendance ‘constellations’ that engage in dialogue with one another across diverse eras, styles and formats. What would your first cluster of ‘stars’ look like? The ‘Constellations’ exhibition has certainly inspired me to reflect on alternative curatorial approaches that might allow my own work in screendance programming to provide audiences with a deeper and alternative exploration of the medium and its rich ongoing histories. For anyone interested in brainstorming further on the relationship between screendance and curatorial practices, the electronic journal OnCurating is an interesting resource: http://www.oncurating-journal.org. 

–Marisa C. Hayes

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new videodance blog

Gitta Wigro has set up a page on Facebook, on which she shares festival submission deadlines, funding opportunities (few as they may be!), workshops and interesting articles etc. It is intended as a useful place for anyone interested in the field.

Gitta invites anyone to post  information, or pass it on to her to post – whether it’s your own festival call-out, an article you’ve published, an event you’re running… anything that has the potential to connect screen-dance makers with each other and with the form.


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In London: Small Matters

For those who live in London, UK here is another chance to see curated, installed screendance:


Black Lab, UAL: Central Saint Martins

Wed 10 – Sun 14 (not Thu 11) October 2012, from 5.00pm to 10.00pm

FREE (no booking required)

In a year of grand happenings, straybird invites you to explore movement in the smallest detail. Small Matters is a selection of works, presented on handheld mobile devices, that celebrate smallness.

Following on from this year’s What Matters festival at Siobhan Davies Studios, Small Matters sits somewhere between a choreographed exhibition and an exhibited choreography.

straybird is led by Lucy Cash and Becky Edmunds, two independent artists whose practices have spanned dance, live art and moving image disciplines.