In 2017, Tyneside Cinema commissioned artist, cultural activist and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman to make a film taking as its starting point the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech, given on receipt of his honorary doctorate, from the University of Newcastle. The resulting film is Civil Rites which screened at Tyneside Cinema from 8 December 2017 - 22 January 2018.
The work explores how the core themes of poverty, racism and war continue to haunt our lives. It listens to the voices of Newcastle citizens as they think through their responses to these themes, and locates these voices in dialogue with key sites of resistance from across the Tyneside region and across the centuries. It seeks to learn what has changed (or not) in the lives of people in Newcastle today.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. Andrea grew up on a large council estate and left school at 16 and after moving to London in 1991, studied at Central St. Martins for a PhD. Andrea is the co-founder of the artists’ collectives Vision Machine and Fugitive Images and was the winner of the Artangel Open Award 2014 for the collaborative feature Cycle with Adrian Jackson (Cardboard Citizens).
Andrea’s films have been nominated for the Grierson Award, The Aesthetica Art Prize, the Golden Orange, the Jarman Award, and the Glashuette original documentary award at the Berlin Film Festival (2017).
Exhibitions and projects include Civil Rites, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle, UK, (2017/18) Common Ground, Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Real Estates (co-curated with David Roberts), PEER with LUX, London (2015).
Andrea’s films include Erase and Forget (2017, 88mins) an inquiry into the nature of human conscience and the limits of deniability, which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and in the UK at the London Film festival.Estate, a Reverie (2015, 83mins) tracks the passing of the Haggerston Estate in East London and the utopian promise of social housing it once offered, with a spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Taskafa, Stories of the Street (2013, 66mins) explores resistance and co-existence through the lives of the street dogs of Istanbul and is voiced by John Berger.
Andrea has made several commissioned short films for Film & Video Umbrella, Channel 4’s Random Acts and Tintype Gallery. Andrea is also a founding member of Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence).
In 2017 Tyneside Cinema commissioned British artist Lucy Wood to make a new episode in her ongoing project series Distant Neighbours in response to the Cinema's programme Gimme Shelter: Climate Change, Migration and the Refugee Crisis.
Filmed on location in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, reflecting on the link between climate change, immigration and the need for empathy. The installatio The installation comprise of five new filmed stories,
exhibited on several monitors alongside footage of the camp.
Wood’s work is based on issues of social, political and environmental entrapment. The artist, in 2013 sailed a rescued refugee boat from Lampedusa to London exploring migration to Europe, putting herself in the refugees’ place almost literally. The project explored the issues that migrants face when making this journey across the Mediterranean sea, who are trapped economically and politically at home, she highlights that they also remain trapped en route on small vessels as well as at their final destination.
Lucy Wood was born in Britain and emigrated to New Zealand in 1981, she lives and works in London. In 1989 she studied at ASA School of Art, Auckland, New Zealand. Returned to London graduating in 1992 with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art, going on to graduate from City University London with an MA in Arts Criticism in 1994. Wood has exhibited in UK and abroad, recent group exhibitions include: Risk, Turner Contemporary; Strijd! Oorlog en overleven in beeld, Stedelijk Museum; Faceless, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Oktobarski Salon Belgrade and De Markten Brussels 2015. Find out more at http://www.lucywood.net/
FF Gaiden: Alternative is a new video work created from a process of collaboration between artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong and Tyneside Cinema’s youth group, The Factory. Together they have used the virtual space of Grand Theft Auto 5 to explore ideas around the writings of Frantz Fanon, whilst also asking what it means to be entering the adult world at this precise moment in time.
Blandy and Achiampong have worked with The Factory to make a new video work that combines a plethora of material: script-work based on stories and conversations from the participants concerning contemporary identity; thoughts about how their relationships and identities are formed through the virtual world; and an original, encapsulating, synth-driven soundtrack that contextualises the intense, high definition visuals and stories of the film.
‘Gaiden’ (a term synonymous with Japanese anime and videogame culture meaning ‘sidestory’) expands the artist’s Finding Fanon series as they devise the tools that they used to produce Finding Fanon 2 with the public. By doing this, they give creative agency to wider communities. ‘FF Gaiden: Alternative’ focuses on aspects of youth and community between the digital realm and ‘IRL’ (‘In Real Life’).
The work has been specially commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, and is supported by Arts Council England.
Mikhail Karikis’ was in Residence at Tyneside Cinema in 2015 and was asked to respond to our specific site and its links to Newcastle and beyond.
Initially inspired by Dixon Scott, the founder of Tyneside Cinema – and great uncle of filmmakers Ridley and Tony Scott – and his long lost encrypted diaries, Karikis embarked on a journey of discovery leading him to develop a deep interest in the North East’s industrial culture and labour movement.
The Endeavour, the resulting new commission created for The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema, is an immersive evocation of the North East’s industrial past, forgotten trades and dialects, and a lyrical homage to historical protest and resistance. It records a boat being repaired in the region’s last boatyard in the weeks before the boat builder’s retirement. Karikis observes in intimate detail the builder’s choreographed craftsmanship, the tools of his disappearing trade and the unique textures of the boatyard after years of exposure to the tides. From time to time, the rhythmic soundscape of the one hundred year old boatyard is interrupted by a local choir voicing a roll call of obsolete professions and a harmonica player performing the minstrel song The Swanee River, that was played on harmonica by the shipyard workers of the Jarrow March on their long walk to London in 1936
The Endeavour is an immersive evocation of the North East’s industrial past, forgotten trades and dialects, and a lyrical homage to historical protest and resistance. The work was presented as a video and sound installation in The Gallery at Tyneside Cnema.
The Endeavour is Karikis’ third solo show in the UK, and his first in the North East. It continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of work as a common purpose, vanishing professions and community cohesion. Karikis is known for installation works that span film, performance and sound, often using the voice as sculptural material in socio-politically informed narratives. His recent acclaimed work – Children of the Unquiet – focused around a children’s take-over of a deserted worker’s village and adjacent industrial and natural environment in a place famous for its legendary associations with Dante’s Inferno. Karikis has shown work internationally including 19th Biennale of Sydney, Mediacity Seoul, Palais de Tokyo and Tate Britain in 2014.
Mikhail Karikis is a Greek/British artist who lives in London. He studied architecture in London at the Bartlett School (UCL), and completed his MA and PhD at the Slade School of Art, London. His work embraces a variety of media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances that emerge from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a sculptural material and a socio-political agent. He often collaborates with communities whose lives challenge the mainstream, highlighting alternative modes of human existence and action.
Karikis's work is shown widely in leading international exhibitions and institutions including: Listening, Hayward Touring Exhibition (2014-2015); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, S. Korea (2014); Inside, Palais de Tokyo (2014); Assembly, Tate Britain (2014); Glos, Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Naturantes, Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasil (2014); Aquatopia, Tate St Ives and Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2013-2014); Aichi Triennale, Japan (2013); Site Gallery/Art Sheffield, UK (2013); Videonale, Bonn Museum of Art, Germany (2012); Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012); More Soup & Tart, Barbican (2012); 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Whitstable Biennale, UK (2010); For you only you, De La Warr Pavilion (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include Children of Unquiet at Villa Romana, Florence, Italy (2014); SeaWomen, Arnolfini, UK (2013) and at Wapping Project, London (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include Thessaloniki Biennale (2015) and Daiwa Art Prize exhibition at Japan House, London (2015).