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Jarman Award Touring Programme 2018 (18)
+Q&A With Artist Lawrence Lek
- Tue 6 Nov: 7pm
Film London present a touring programme of works from the artists at the forefront of experimentation in filmmaking today- the shortlist of this year’s Jarman Award. Innovative, entertaining and diverse, this selection of films tackles the world’s big topics.
Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image. The selection from this year’s shortlist once again illustrates the spirit of imagination and inventiveness within the medium, with works that explore both new practices in relation to digital image making and fresh approaches to traditional filmmaking.
From a sci-fi 3D presentation of the future, to a circus sideshow; from lurid comic-strip style animation to rich 35mm; and from a modernist architectural gem to Grand Theft Auto, these artists employ different tactics to express their engagement with important political topics.
The winner of the Jarman Award will be announced in November. The award is presented in association with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery, with support from Genesis Cinema.
Lawrence Lek will be joining us for an artist Q&A session after the film.
Touring Programme 2018
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part Three (2017)
Jasmina Cibic, NADA: Act III (2017)
Lawrence Lek, Geomancer (2018), Chapters 1 and 2
Daria Martin, A hunger Artist (2017)
Hardeep Pandhal, Pool Party Pilot Episode (2018)
Margaret Salmon, Eglantine (2016), Extract
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy
Through their collaborative moving image practice, Larry Achiampong (b. 1984) and David Blandy (b. 1976) examine issues of popular culture, race, class and heritage. Their main body of work, The Finding Fanon Series, looks at the politics of race and decolonisation and how this affects our relationship with contemporary culture, technology and globalisation, and is inspired by the lost plays of writer Frantz Fanon.
With a practice spanning film, installation and performance, Jasmina Cibic (b. 1979) considers how ideologies and cultures are constructed and then framed through mechanisms such as art, choreography, literature, and architecture. Working with actors and dancers who perform for camera, she encourages the viewer to consider the soft power apparatuses that authorities and nations employ for their political aims.
Engaging with the fields of virtual reality and simulation, Lawrence Lek (b. 1982)
creates moving image works using gaming software, 3D animation, installation and performance. His digital environments reflect the impact of the virtual world on our perception of reality, by rendering real places and architectures within fictional and often fantastical scenarios.
Employing an array of media, including sculpture, performance, music and moving image, Hardeep Pandhal (b. 1985) creates provocative artworks that draw on source material such as satire and comic books. His digital animations offer a political commentary on contemporary Britain in lurid technicolour, referencing the aesthetics of social realism and psychedelia.
Primarily working with 16mm film, Daria Martin (b. 1973) creates highly constructed cinematic worlds in which human gesture is contrasted with mannered artifice to challenge the viewer’s habits of perception. Diverse subjects such as robots, dreams, synaesthesia and magic are considered within peculiar and isolated spaces, creating a sense of the slippages between the internal world and the external, and different levels of consciousness.
Working exclusively with photography and 35mm film and taking an intuitive and often improvised approach to the camera, Margaret Salmon (b.1975) portrays the everyday – our family, friends, relationships and the environments we inhabit. Referencing the aesthetic of different historical cinematic movements, her works bring warmth and lyricism to the tradition of realist film.
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Since 2003, Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) has been at the very heart of the sector’s development, bringing artist filmmakers to a wider audience away from the margins. We provide professional support and expert training along with valuable funding and national and international exhibition opportunities in galleries, cinemas and for broadcast. Funded by Arts Council England, FLAMIN has commissioned over 150 productions and supported the careers of countless other artists. Flagship projects from FLAMIN include the commissioning fund FLAMIN Productions and the annual Film London Jarman Award.