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Experiments In Cinema v13.6

Screen Used will be showing at this smashing looking film festival on Wednesday. Go Alburquonians…

Experiments In Cinema v13.6 will be held April 10–24, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year is the “Black Material Edition”. Films from the USA and 36 other countries will be presented at Guild Cinema and the African American Performing Arts Center during the festival. 

Download a .pdf of the entire EIC v13.6 program here.

Wanderers and other Nomads: Ecologies of Place brought to Mind

I’m in this group show, curated by Patti Lean…

Wanderers and other Nomads: Ecologies of Place brought to Mind, a show of new work on an environmental theme, by Fine Art students and staff –  foundation to undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and academic staff –  in the Vallum Gallery at Brampton Road, Carlisle CA3 9AY.

Thursday 12 April – Reception, 4.00 -6.00 pm.

Langham Research Centre – Muffled Cyphers (2014)

Thanks to CM’s continuing Support and Development Programme Dedicated to My Ears & to a Lesser Extent My Eyes (CM’s SDPDMYLEME, in its second year and still without CS core funding like so many of our essential institutions making an impact on the ground), I’m watching, then listening to, then watching Langham Research Centre‘s Muffled Cyphers over and over.

Join me, won’t you?

 

Raw (2017)

Aaahhh, cannibalism. Who doesn’t rate it as a reasonable alternative to veganism? As long as it’s amongst friends. An old chum once observed that, if in an ‘Alive’ situation, I’d be tucking into the frozen, juicy dead before the airplane ready meals had run out. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed Julia Ducournau‘s Raw then. More a coming of age film (and its all about eating disorders of course) than a video nasty, this beautifully shot film also reminded me of those Bright College Days,

when lab coats were a daily staple.

Watch the trailer here.

 

Per Aspera Ad Astra (1981)

My preferred translation of this Russian title is To the Stars, the Hard Ways*. Watch it with english subs here.

‘The action of this film, *whose Latin title translates as Through the Thorns to the Stars, is based on a screenplay by cult Soviet sci-fi writer Kir Bulychev and is set in deep space and on fictional planets. A reconnaissance craft — named Pushkin in homage to Russia’s greatest poet — encounters a derelict starship. Inside is a humanoid woman with inhuman abilities — teleportation, telekinesis, and so forth.

Richard Viktorov directed the original 1981 version of this film. He died soon afterwards in 1983 while shooting The Comet, another sci-fi movie. Richard’s son, Nikolai Viktorov, released a new version of the film in 2015, having remastered the sound and special effects and shortened the running time by cutting several set pieces laced with Soviet ideology.’

www.russianartandculture.com/

Annihilation – Alex Garland – 2018

Annihilation is a far less anaemic film than Ex Machina and the casting’s perfect. The Thing, Stalker, The Crystal World each get a nod and there’s a very, very frightening bear. Lucky I caught it before I rainbow-ed my own current work in progress though…

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell to Earth (2017)

A smashing Davidfest by Nacho’s Productions. Sigh. David Bowie is the Man Who Fell to Earth.

 

Margaret Salmon, Mm & Sacred Paws @ The Tramway

Live score for Margaret’s Salmon’s Mm by Sacred Paws was exciting! Mm showing Berwick Speedway lads transforming from ordinary to adonis-y over a day, reduced to 30 minutes here. Sacred Paws caused dancing and warm feelings of admiration, made even cosier by the presence of favs. L and L.

I See You Man @ Celine

I need to get back sharpish to see the rest of I See You Man at Celine, featuring favs. such as Sophie Macpherson and Clare Stephenson…

From Celine’s site is this great introductory text by Nadia Hebson – Plus reading group/events on March 31st…

I See You Man 25.02.2018 – 31.03.2018

Celine is happy to present an exhibition organised by Nadia Hebson and Sophie Macpherson:

In summer of 2016 Sophie Macpherson and I (Nadia Hebson) worked on a text which explored our shared interests in apparel, physicality, female subjectivity and friendship. Drawing on skype and email conversations the text took an epistolary form and ranged through personal perspectives on women artists’ practices and international events such as the ‘migrant crisis’ and the EU Referendum, alongside descriptions of sports clothing and club wear, and reflections on Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the paintings of Christina Ramberg. An unguarded but none the less edited script, the text became a short hand for the creative space of female friendship.

Writing about Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels which detail the lifetime relationship of two women from an impoverished Neapolitan neighbourhood the writer Natasha Soobramanien likens the women’s friendship to an act of translation. Soobramanien writes ‘Lila and Lenù are translated beings, translating one another, shifting continually between the Neapolitan dialect of their childhood and the standard form of Italian both have a talent for expressing themselves in. And it is in this more rarefied linguistic sphere that Lenù finds success, and her professional voice as a writer (a voice modelled on Lila’s writerly voice)’. Lila and Lenu steel themselves through the confines of 60’s, 70s’ and 80’s femininity through the persistence of their complex friendship, which Ferrante so carefully atomises. They see one another and at times offer each a template for being, Ferrante’s writing of their friendship is closely analogous to the experience of creative friendship. And to understand female friendship as a form of translation is to recalibrate its constituents, becoming a space of attention, mirroring, testing, exchange, admiration and productive envy, a space of agency.

In taking the complexities of female friendship and the communicative possibilities of dress as a starting point we have invited artists and writers who are friends and potential friends to contribute work to I See You Man. These artists and writers work explore ideas of mentorship, resonance as described by Italian Feminist Carla Lonzi, feminist activism, translation, biography, fictional autobiography and the agency of dress.

Exhibiting artists: Phoebe Blatton and Annika Hüttmann, August Fröhls, Nadia Hebson, Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge, Ellen Lesperance, Sophie Macpherson, Julia Schmidt, Clemence Seilles, Clare Stephenson

The title of the show ‘I See You Man’ is taken from work by Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge.

Exhibition will then be open by appointment only: contact@galleryceline.com or 07500 343764 or 017827252941

On Saturday 31st March Celine will host an afternoon of performance, readings, talks and a reading group where the following texts and related material will be discussed. The below books and texts will be available throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Library:
Ingeborg Bachman, Three Paths to the Lake
Lucia Berlin, Manual for Cleaning Women
Kate Briggs, This Little Art
Daniela Cascella, Singed
Elfriede Jellinek, Jackie http://siti.org/sites/default/files/JACKIE_WP_2.27.13.pdf
Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto
Dorothy Richardson, Painted Roofs
Natasha Soobramanien Five Notes on Smarginature https://writingsoundbergen.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/five-notes-on-smarginature-by-natasha-soobramanien/
Christa Wolf, The Quest for Christa T