Tramway Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2014

Moving image festival

Reviews

Guest programmer, Steven Cairns, Associate Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image, ICA, London

 
Tramway’s third edition of the Artists’ Moving Image Festival (AMIF) includes recent work by international artists working in the field of moving image, in a series of profile and thematic group screenings, live events and discussions. Comprising programmes from the ICA Artists’ Moving Image Network alongside several additional live events, the festival brings together a cross-section of work that engages with the language of contemporary visual culture to draw out critical and discursive reflections on its wider social influences.
 
A series of profile screenings, of works by Steven Claydon, Keren Cytter, Loretta Fahrenholz, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Agnieszka Polska, Hito Steyerl, and Ryan Trecartin give a unique perspective on the respective artists’ practices. The thematic group screenings 21st Century Pop featuring work by HD Boyz, Petra Cortright, Adham Faramawy, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman and Rosa Aiello, Magali Reus, and Telfar Clemens (Babak Radboy, Future Brown); and Colour featuring work by Keiichi Tanaami, Tamara Henderson, Nate Boyce, Tymek Borowski, Isabelle Cornaro, Jennifer West, Nadim Vardag and Michael Franz, look at their subjects in detail.
 
Accompanying the screenings are two discussion groups titled Sound and Music in Artists’ Moving Image and Contemporary and Historical References in Artists’ Moving Image, that create space for dialogue and debate around some of the festivals dominant themes; while a programme of Live events by Sophie Macpherson & Claire Stephenson, Haris Epaminonda with Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols, and Hannah Sawtell, close each evening of the festival.  
 
Programme 
 
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Saturday 15 November

11.30-1pm                
Discussion Sound and Music in Artists’ Moving Image

2-3pm                      
Screening: Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter’s episodic video work evokes the format of sitcoms and daytime TV dramas, but her storylines reflect dramatic and intensely psychological situations that contradict their method of delivery.

3.15-4.15pm             
Screening: Colour

Colour is a group screening exploring its influence and uses to evoke mood and rhythm, as well as its function as a narrative device in artists’ film. Featuring work by Keiichi Tanaami, Tamara Henderson, Nate Boyce, Tymek Borowski, Isabelle Cornaro, Jennifer West, Nadim Vardag and Michael Franz.

4.30-6pm                 
Screening: Steven Claydon

Steven Claydon’s work nods to Modernist rhetoric, destabilising historical reference points in an attempt to disrupt the viewer’s feeling of nostalgia.

7.30-8.15pm             
Screening: Hito Steyerl

Berlin-based artist and writer Hito Steyerl works with documentarian-like approaches to explore current social and political conditions in her moving image work

8.30-10pm                
Live:
Sophie Macpherson & Clare Stephenson: news and booze  Part of GENERATION: 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland

Clare Stephenson and Sophie Macpherson present a new collaborative performance that explores the changing landscape of the metropolis, and the effect this evolution has on personal interactions and intimacies.

Live: Haris Epaminonda with Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols    

Berlin-based artist Haris Epaminonda investigates anthropological forms in her film and paper-based work, often recontextualising existing material. For this screening she presents a new composition of the film installation Chronicles (2008) set to a live score performed by musicians Kelly Jayne Jones and Pascal Nichols.               

Sunday 16 November 

11.30-1pm               
Discussion: Contemporary and Historical References in Artists’ Moving Image

2-3.15pm                 
Screening: Anja Kirschner & David Panos

Collaborators Anja Kirschner and David Panos make films and installations that investigate historical events or near futures. Their experimentations with technique and approach build taut and unusual narratives, subverting familiar cinematic norms.

3.30-4.30pm            
Screening: 21st Century Pop

How has 21st century popular culture influenced art? This screening draws together a cross-section of artists who investigate the everyday from a contemporary perspective, referencing everything from music videos to consumer culture. Featuring work by HD Boyz, Petra Cortright, Adham Faramawy, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman and Rosa Aiello, Magali Reus, and Telfar Clemens (Babak Radboy, Future Brown).

 

5-6.30pm                
Screening: Agnieszka Polska

In her films, collages, and animated works of recent years, Agnieszka Polska has often addressed the issue of institutionalized amnesia and the retrieval of memory (particularly through fiction and confabulation), she has researched mechanisms by which various works of art, artists, or art movements have been legitimized, mythologized, or excluded.

 

7.30-8.30pm            
Screening: Loretta Fahrenholz

Loretta Fahrenholz’s films are diverse in subject matter, often arising through close collaboration with her subjects. At the heart of her filmmaking practice is the act of revealing social or socio-political conditions through the fictional interpretation of true events.

 

8.45-10.30pm          
Live: Hannah Sawtell   

London-based artist Hannah Sawtell will make a new and unique audio-visual performance using digital sound and online video collaging software. The performance takes place alongside a conversation with the artist and a screening of a recent works.

 
Screening: Ryan Trecartin
L.A.-based artist Ryan Trecartin’s videos – known for their dense, surreal narratives and high-octane pacing – explore language and the fluid nature of identity while spotlighting the contradictions and nuances of American culture.


With support from The Foyle Foundation.