International Fauna gallery launch
Date: 08 May 2010, Screening 12-5.30pm, Discussion 2pm
Location: Picture This Studio, Bristol, UK

people looking at a projected image

Melanie Jackson and Stephen Beasley at Picture This


Melanie Jackson in conversation with writer, architect and artist Stephen Beasley and Gary Thomas, Animate Projects. Introduced by Zoe Shearman, Relational.

International Fauna is a blast, an anti-anthem, a parade of the animal symbols designated by nation states quick change through a background of digital colour fields. The representations are matched back with their animal call, for the duration of the image - a concrete composition of the absurd. The work delights in these extraordinary attempts to project national values onto an animal form, and in the forms they have taken.

This event is the first gallery screening of the work


Melanie Jackson is a London-based artist with recent solo exhibitions including, Road Angel, Arnolfini, Bristol, and Made in China, Matt's Gallery, London. She is showing The Ur-pflanze (Part 1) at The Drawing Room, London (28 April-20 June 2010). Much of her practice has been concerned with the flow of international capital. She is currently investigating the relationships between nature and technology through a series of experiments with fauna and flora, and the technologies available to her.

Melanie Jackson tries out tactics of representation which remain provisional rather than definitive, treating the gallery as a stage for experimentation with art roles. Here is mimicry, documentation, myth fabrication, cultural voyeurism, performance, animation, political commentary, music, installation, craft and the cultivation of aesthetic delight.
Mark Harris

Stephen Beasley is an architect, artist and writer based in London. He co-founded the multi-disciplinary practice FlatPack001 in 1999 with his brother Mark Beasley. Recent work includes 'FLUFFERS II', published as part of Celine Condorelli's Support Structures, the exhibition design of group show 'Sudden White' at the Royal Academy, and the experimental radio play  'ADVENTURE: Showdown at the Pig Palace', released by Junior Aspirin Records. He is currently a senior project architect at Manalo & White and a contributor to Frieze magazine.

Gary Thomas is co-director of Animate Projects, a London based agency, developing initiatives that explore the relationship between art and animation, and the place of animation and its concepts in contemporary art practice. APL also publishes APEngine, an online space for critical comment on a range of independent moving image work.

International Fauna
is commissioned by Relational and produced with Picture This and Animate Projects as part of the Anti-Bodies contemporary art programme. Anti-Bodies: beyond the body ideal is co-ordinated by Relational, with support from Arts Council England, and granted the London 2012 Inspire mark as part of the Cultural Olympiad. With thanks to Ed Atkins and Katerina Athanasopoulou

Works discussed include:

La Poeme Electronique (1958)
Edgard Varêse and Le Corbusier

How Some Jellyfish Are Born (1960)
Jean Painlevé
From Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve, Jean Painlevé, 1927-78 bfi dvd

Autour de la perception (Around Perception) (1968)
Pierre Hebert

MGM (1975) Jack Goldstein.

Trash Talking (2006) Extract
Paper Rad
From Compilation DVD, Load Records

Glitterbug (1994)
Derek Jarman with music by Brian Eno.

House: After Five Years of Living (1955)
Charles & Ray Eames

Ma Crepe Suzette (1982)
Kenneth Williams





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