I woke up this morning and thought ‘you know what, I’m going to wear a star trek communicator badge at work today’. strangely I’ve been in a bad mood all day. Any connection? I honestly expected the opposite result. What does it mean?
I am part of this screening at Millennium Film Workshop in New York on the 25th Sept.
Here be the details…
LUX13 THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25 AT MILLENNIUM.
Participants of the 2013/14 LUX Critical Forum present a selection of new works. LUX13 consists of 15 artists who came together in May 2013 as part of Critical Forum London 2013-14: a discussion group initiated by LUX offering a monthly meeting space for one year to artists working with the moving-image, who are no longer in education. Each meeting consisted of two members presenting an aspect of their practice. This has included discussing work-in-progress, sharing texts, considering broader theoretical ideas, and viewing works from the LUX archive. Continuing the group’s process of discursive exchange, each artist has made a work that is no longer than three minutes in response to a word or phrase provided by another member of the group.
Katriona Beales/See Yourself from one Angle at a Time
Giles Bunch/”We all live, as far as we know, in the present, and the present in Napal, Tokyo or on Mars can sometimes seem nearer than yesterday morning in one’s kitchen”
Sarah Filmer/Isolation in the Workplace
Patrick Goddard/Short Cuts
Christopher Matthews /Precari
Kim Pace/To Wander
Annelore Schneider/A Meaningful Space
Nicola Stephanie/The universe next door
Neasa Terry/Reflect Yourself
Katriona Beales creates sculpture, moving image and installation, responding to information excess, overload, and personal experiences of the technological sublime. www.katrionabeales.com
Giles Bunch is a performance and video artist whose work focuses on the ways in which people engage with their cultural landscape. gilesbunch.com
Jackie Castellano A rigorous attention to material qualities, engages in close scrutiny and analytical consideration of medium specificity, lenses, light, objects, duration and motion. www.jackiecastellano.com
Sarah Filmer Collecting moments, finding out how we are. sarahfilmer.com
Katherine Fishman is currently investigating methods of
navigating spaces where social interactions and physical activities
take place, working in video, photography, installation and
Patrick Goddard Dealing with issues as diverse as urban regeneration, identity politics and anarcho-individualism, my work primarily takes the form of videos, publications and performance. www.patrickgoddard.co.uk
Liz Helman’s experimental time-based media works explore the psychological and emotional attachment to place and dwelling, journeying between recollection and reality. lizhelmanworks.com
Christopher Matthews I work with movement to produce alternative material that is a conversation, video art, writings or documents centered around topics of working conditions, body politics, or the act of looking. www.formedview.com
Katherine Meynell I am interested in the personal and the political, humour, feminist strategies and subjectivities in a lived world. katharinemeynell.co.uk
Kim Pace I make work that investigates myriad cultural representations of the human, focusing on the idea of ‘otherness’ and questioning the perspective of difference. www.kimpace.co.uk
Samuel Playford is an artist & curator using video, performance & writing to explore, variously, linguistic slippages of sound & sense, collaborative conflict, and the biological-economiccultural field of the banana. samplayfordgreenwell.wordpress.com gilesbunch.com
collectif_fact, Annelore Schneider & Claude Piguet The collectif_fa ct comprised Annelore Schneider and Claude Piguet, their projects, mainly video, are often a deconstruction of what we see as cinematic codes within our visual culture. www.collectif-fact.ch
Vanessa Scully is a video artist who utilises amateur film making techniques to transgress social norms and increase social capital through the reliving/remaking of horror b-movies. drillerkillere2.blogspot.co.uk
Nicola Stephanie is a British artist currently living in New York City. Her work, in time based media, drawing, performance and object making, focuses on the relationships between experience, representation and the image. www.nicolastephanie.com
Neasa Terry works in various media, usually using pop music to examine the various strategies used in a performance. www.neasaterry.com
Some links –
I’ve neglected this blog over the past few months/ years. My initial intention for having this sort of outlet was for it to be used as a way of talking about the things I’ve been reading/ making/ watching or stuff that I’m generally interested in.
So I’m starting again…
During the past few weeks I’ve been reading Project Orion by George Dyson. It’s an account of the development of a proposed interplanetary space ship from 1957 until 1965. What makes the project so bizarre (well…by contemporary standards of scientific endeavour anyway) is that these ships would be powered by small nuclear explosions. The ships would be really big - in the region of thousands of tons. And they’d also go really fast.
A few months ago I became really interested in the Mars One space programme…perhaps not so much the details of the programme itself, I was far more fascinated by the applicants for the mission; why did they want to go on a one way mission to Mars? Why do they think it is important for humans to colonise Mars? etc. etc.
It was partly because of this and numerous conversations I’d had with people at my work that I started looking at older schemes for travelling the solar system and beyond. Orion is one of these. I now sense that I’m being seduced by what I’m researching. I started out looking at things like the Mars One programme with a huge amount of suspicion; ‘have they really thought properly about the logistics of travelling to Mars?’ ‘Why should we go to Mars anyway?’ etc. etc.
Now I’m totally being won over by all this kind of stuff - more to follow shortly, but I’ll leave you with this BBC documentary To Mars by A-Bomb
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