Event-Site: Presentation and Screenings on The Place of Artists' Cinema
Date: 16 March 6.30 - 8.30
Location: Picture This Studio, Bristol, UK

Girl standing in a park

Production still from Joy by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (desperate optimists). Photographer: Steve McClean


You are invited to a one-night event developed in collaboration with Picture This. It will include a talk by Maeve Connolly and programme of screenings featuring works by Michelle Deignan, desperate optimists (Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy), Laura Horelli, Isaac Julien, Bea McMahon and Alexandra Navratil.

Supported by Culture Ireland.

Artists' film and video has been marked by a concern with context and site for many decades. Since the 1990s, it has been possible to identify both a renewed emphasis on the moving image in the spaces and sites of contemporary art and a new focus on the social and architectural history of cinema.

Maeve Connolly's The Place of Artists' Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (Intellect and University of Chicago Press, 2009) critically examines the relationship between cinema, site and place within contemporary art practice, exploring the production and exhibition of artists' film and video within a range of contexts, from museums and galleries to public art projects, biennial exhibitions and art fairs. The book features in-depth readings of twenty-four recent works, including projected multi-screen narratives, site-specific projects, feature-length films and sculptural installations evoking the architecture of the movie theatre.

Screening Part 1
Isaac Julien, Baltimore (2003) 11 mins, Black & White / Colour 16mm, DVD Transfer, Sound (single screen version)

desperate optimists, Joy, 2008, 35mm/DVD, 9 mins 20 secs, colour/sound

Bea McMahon, Reciprocal 0, 2007, split-screen video projection, colour/sound (running time approx 7 mins.)


Illustrated Talk (approx 20-30 mins)


Screening Part 2
Michelle Deignan, To Camera, 2005, Single channel digital video, 6 mins 46 secs, colour/sound

Laura Horelli, I Have Been Considering Making a Video About a Ski Resort and Showing it in a Gallery in Berlin, 2007, 15:36 min, colour, sound

Alexandra Navratil, Movie-Goer, 2006, single channel video, 12 min, colour/sound


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