London’s cutting-edge artists receive a boost
London’s cutting-edge artists receive a boost
A selection of London’s prominent and emerging artist film-makers and installation artists including Kutlug Ataman, Daria Martin and Keith Piper are among 14 individuals awarded a share of funds in excess of £150,000 by Film London through the Artists Film and Video Awards, LAFVA.
LAFVA, now in its fourth year, provides practical and financial support to London’s upcoming and experienced film-making talent. This unique fund is provided by Arts Council England, London through Film London and has assisted 14 artists with up to £20,000 of funding to produce moving image work this year in the capital.
LAFVA has helped produce ground-breaking film and video installations which challenge formal film exhibition and which screen to audiences in the UK and beyond.
LAFVA represents one of the largest publicly funded award programmes in the UK. Previous fund recipients have created significant works these include Jane and Louise Wilson, the installation artists who created one of the largest video installations in the UK A Free and Anonymous Moment which screened at the Baltic in Gateshead; while film-maker Zarina Bhimji, whose Out of the Blue found support through LAFVA, exhibited her work at Tate Britain in 2003.
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These projects have received funding from LAFVA in 2004
EDEN: Simon Aeppli: £4,000:
Single screen work intended for festivals and broadcast.
Eden, in Northern Ireland, shares few of the qualities of its namesake. It exists around the perimeter fence of one of Ireland’s largest power stations. This portrait of Simon Aeppli’s hometown forms the basis of a video that explores a run down half forgotten place. Focusing on Eden’s residents, the work reveals a place filled with eccentricity, humour and beauty.
KUBA: Kutlug Ataman: £20,000
A multi-monitor video installation housed within a large transport container for a 6 week period, following which the individual portraits will be dispersed within the locality, to social clubs, schools and cafes.
Kuba is one of the most notorious ghettoes in Istanbul. It is called a rescued neighbourhood by its residents, safeguarded from society, state control and the rule of law which they deem to be unjust and corrupt. The project will tell the stories of 40 of its inhabitants through a series of 40 film portraits.
Kutlug Ataman has been researching and developing this project for 2 years.
The work will be produced in collaboration with Artangel and will be shown in a number of metropolitan centres, notably London, New York, Pittsburgh and Barcelona from 2005 onwards.
SECURITY: Ian Bourn: £5,000:
A single screen work for festivals and galleries
Security is a work about alienation and isolation - the portrait of an insecure security man. Drawn from early work experiences, it is also a ‘self portrait of the artist as human surveillance camera’.
This experimental narrative uses the movement and navigational strategies of computer gaming as a metaphor for the ‘illusion of interactivity’ which, like the restrictions and repetitions of life in a dead end job, allow no real freedom of movement or expression other than routine and endless rituals of the workplace.
SEVEN ROLES OF SLIDES: Carla Garcia: £3,000:
Single screen work for festivals, cinemas and galleries
Carla Garcia is a very recent graduate from Slade School of Fine Art. Her film will be made exclusively of 252 x 35mm colour transparencies printed onto 16mm motion film. The stills, showing the killing of a pig, were taken in Torre, a small village in northern Portugal. The camera used was an old fixed focus compact that gives very little control over the image but is being exploited for the way light changes throughout the sequences.
GREETINGS FROM THE LIVING: Nick Gordon Smith: £12,208:
Single screen work for festivals, galleries and internet
Greetings from the Living is a film about memory; its truths, fallacies and revelations. Through the manipulation of archive films, photographs and recorded voice, juxtaposed with recollections of his one time partner, the artist will map a story of friendship, sexuality, drugs, creativity, depression and death.
THE EAP ROOM: Francis Lamb: £6,000:
Single screen work for festivals and galleries
A montage film combining still and moving imagery which explores ideas of cinematic space and the uncanny in psychoanalysis. Francis works with both his own and appropriated materials and uses the editing process to create new meanings. This piece will explicitly refer to the narrative strategies of ‘the weird story’, hence the title, which refers to the work of Edgar Allen Poe.
LONELINESS AND THE MODERN PENTATHLON: Daria Martin: £15.000:
Single screen work for galleries
The film takes as its starting point the discipline of the Modern Pentathlon, an arcane but still surviving Olympic sport comprised of running, swimming, shooting, fencing and horseback riding. The artist will investigate Modernity, Romanticism and the struggle for wholeness, folding performance, music, sport and dance into a film which she says is striving to become a contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork). An updated Bauhaus experiment informed by 60’s New Wave filmmaking.
NO PLACE: Sarah Miles: £15,000:
Single screen work for festivals, galleries and cinema
This film will be edited in 2 versions and the different versions will be screened in Kings Cross and Kings Lynn venues.
In Kings Lynn, the film will be edited from the point of view of a ‘green’ girl growing up in the countryside, seeking refuge in the cinema, looking forward and dreaming of ‘somewhere’ and ending up in the city. The second version, to be screened in Kings Cross, will be edited from the woman’s point of view, in the city, looking backwards.
The work will be produced in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella.
NAUSEA: Matthew Noel-Tod: £9,000:
Single screen work for galleries and festivals
Nausea will represent Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1936 novel of the same name in a semi-abstract stream of images and text, showing every word in the book, one word at a time. The trance-like and absurdly formulaic reworking will attempt to find a way to interpret this philosophical novel through modern video technology. Nausea will function somewhere between abstract hard-edged pop painting and unrelenting advertising.
SEA CHANGE: Rosie Pedlow and Joe King: £15,000:
Single screen work for galleries and festivals
Inspired by Bruce Bailey’s film, ‘All my Life’, the film will capture a magic summer’s day in a caravan park beside the sea. Comprised of a single tracking shot past a row of caravans, the same shot is filmed at different times of day and night at two focal lengths whilst maintaining a constant tracking speed. As the camera moves it captures choreographed and unchoreographed lights, switching on and off both inside and outside the caravans. A mixed up time lapse in real time.
EXPEDITIONARY: Keith Piper: £12,000:
Multi video installation for galleries
An unnamed protagonist engages in 13 x 1 minute exploratory journeys through urban space ‘as imagined through a range of popular cultural discourses’. From mythological biblical cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, to the ‘red light’ districts of contemporary cities the body has become a key marker of the urban space; the exploded city will re-examine surveillance and other types of reportage footage during moments of upheaval; in the [Re] Modelled City our protagonist wanders through a new city, the city of the pristine model and architectural diagram.
TIGNES: Rachel Reupke: £9,000:
Single screen for galleries
This video installation will present the French ski resort of Tignes in early summer. The work depicts a landscape organised for economic gain and social control and will be structured according to the views of a ‘multi-view system’ web cam. The viewer watches the scene through a spider’s web, attached inches from the lens to the camera housing.
DOCUMENT: Tim Shore: £17,000:
Single screen work for festivals
The starting point for this film is the American terrorist, Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. Kaczynski’s manifesto, ‘Industrial Society and its Future’ brought his political beliefs to the world’s attention. Theodore Kaczynski’s actions stand as a metaphor for the misplaced faith and trust that we sometimes have in technological progress.
TINSEL: Cordelia Swann: £10,000:
Single screen work for galleries, festivals and cinema
Taking as a starting point views from the top of the Empire State Building of the bronze ziggurat rooftops of early skyscrapers of Manhattan, or the darkened outlook of the glinting Bristol Channel from the inside of the camera obscura at Clifton, or the reflections of passing tourists in the ornate Chippendale mirrors at Harewood House, or a mountain of cellophane illuminated by camera flashes, ‘Tinsel’ will gather past and present themes of time and place in the desire to capture and record rare moments and incidents of light and glitter.
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