Four Modes of Anti-Image: Recent Experimental Film and Video from the UK.


09.02.2015, 18:30-18:30 Monday

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

The State Hermitage Museum

National Centre for Contemporary Arts, North-Western Branch

In the frames of the Ekphrasis exhibition and UK–Russia Year of Culture 2014


9 February 2015 at 18:30

Lecture by Simon Payne (UK)

Four Modes of Anti-Image:

Recent Experimental Film and Video from the UK

Venue: Lectorium of the General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum
(6/8, Dvortsovaya emb., St. Petersburg)

Simon Payne will screen and discuss of a number of recent experimental, artists’ films and videos from the UK by Neil Henderson, Jamie Jenkinson, Jennifer Nightingale, Gareth Polmeer and Samantha Rebello, plus key influential works from the 1960s and 1970s by Peter Gidal and David Hall. The programme that he has put together concerns works that negate a variety of assumptions regarding the ‘moving image’. The four modes associated with these films and videos relate to ways of working with processes, approaches to sequencing, contradictory uses of technology and allusions to materiality. The work that he’ll show includes meditations on still photography, pinhole films, evocations of close-up physical space and dynamic graphic transitions in colour. Despite characterizing the stance of these works in a negative light - as pared and antithetical to conventional cinematic aesthetics - their starting point can also be seen as a positive pursuit of the poetic devices of their mediums, relating to the structures and workings that underwrite the face-value and surface effect of the moving image.

Simon Payne is a video artist, whose work has been show in numerous international experimental film festivals and art galleries. He writes on artists’ film and video and also programmes screenings. Recently he was co-curator of Assembly: A Survey of Artists’ Films and Videos Made in Britain, 2008 -2013 at Tate Britain. Simon studied Time-Based Media at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. In 2008 he received a PhD from the Royal College of Art. He teaches filmmaking and contextual studies concerning experimental cinema as Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

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