Projections Open Call: first programmes announced
Posted in Art on Jul 06, 2018
We’re very excited to announce the first programmes selected from our biannual Open Call for artists and curators as part of Projections, our new programme of artists’ moving image at Tyneside Cinema.
What is central to Projections is that it function as conversation, as an open book, rather than something fixed and predestined. This sense of dialogue should be apparent to audiences - each event features an artist talk or other discussion - but is also crucial to how we want to work with artists themselves, and how to think about approaching a cinema programme as a conversation with, rather than simply presentation of, artists’ work.
As much as the gallery or project space, the cinema should be a forum to try out new ideas, take risks and ask questions about its own future. With this in mind, half of our new monthly event series are drawn from a regular open call for curators and artists: a chance to realise an idea for a screening, or to create new performance work which responds to the cinema space.
Having received submissions from across the UK and Europe, the standard of proposals was so high that we’ve selected four programmes, as opposed to three as intended. These first events mix live performance with film screening, interaction with spectacle, and come together, perhaps, around a sense of enquiry which is playful and speculative, asking questions as much around the space and conventions of the cinema as the themes they set out to address. We’re interested in thinking about what cinema is, and what it might become, and all four events in different ways activate this.
The first programme, opening our summer season on Friday 20 July, is ‘Beyond Cataclysm,’ by Glasgow-based curator Marcus Jack. Taking its title from a passage in John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids (1951), in which a carnivorous plant species reclaims the planet, the programme thinks about humans’ denial of the possibility of self-extinction, and imagines the landscape of a post-human future. Alongside historical and contemporary films, ‘Beyond Cataclysm’ includes a performance by artist Michelle Hannah, and a unique text-based commission developed with ‘weird fiction’ editor Simone Hutchinson.
Jack is a Glasgow-based curator and art historian working predominantly with moving image. As the Director of Transit Arts, an itinerant organisation for the exhibition of artists’ moving image, he has developed projects in partnership with organisations including ATLAS Arts, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow Film, Goethe-Institut, Scalarama, and Scottish Contemporary Art Network. He will begin a doctoral project, ‘Curating a History for Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland’, with the Glasgow School of Art and University of Stirling this September.
What is public art for, and what does it do? Artist Luca George will answer this question in his performance ‘Public Sculpture in the Round’ on Thursday 6 September. Building on previous projects around public art, George has taken on the not-inconsiderable task of visiting, and documenting, every single piece of public art on Tyneside that fits his criterion of existing ‘in the round’ - that is, standing free, with all sides shown. The resulting videos of his interaction with sculpture in and around Newcastle will form the basis of a performative lecture which, among other things, introduces George’s speculation that these alien monoliths are actually portals that allow for interdimensional time travel.
Originally from Brighton, Luca George is currently studying at the Royal College of Art. He has had solo shows at The Telfer Gallery and CCA, Glasgow; and has exhibited in group shows at, amongst others, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Palazzo Fontana, Venice; and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.
In their performance ‘Decompression’ on Thursday 27 September, Anglo-Australian visual artist Sally Golding and sound artist Spatial will create a hypnotic, immersive space which blurs the line between cinema and club. ‘Decompression’ centres around a generative audiovisual composition using sound, programmed LED lighting and smoke which interferes with projection beams, and activates the space of the cinema itself.
Golding and Spatial have collaborated together several times in the past, as well as continuing to work on their individual practices. Winner of the 2017 Oram Award, Golding’s work considers ‘participation’ and ‘liveness’ as a mechanism for shared experiences, examining the role of the audience within new technological contexts. She has presented her work at Tate Britain, Serralves Museum, Portugal; Whitstable Biennale; Centro Dos de Mayo, Madrid; San Francisco Cinematheque and elsewhere. Matt Spendlove, aka Spatial, is an electronic musician and artist from London exploring low frequency vibration with physical intervention through DJ & live performance. He has performed at key festivals and venues including Mutek, Montreal; Unsound, Krakow; Cafe OTO, London; Sonica, Ljubljana; and Club Transmediale, Berlin.
Lastly, in next season’s programme, on Thursday 22 November, we present Adam J B Walker and Vicki Thornton’s anarchic live performance ‘undertitled’. Taking the subtitle as inspiration, Walker and Thornton’s performance asks what happens when the normal hierarchy is reversed, and instead of following the action, the subtitle comes before script. In cinema and television, the subtitle functions as a marker of foreign language ‘high-brow’ status or site of humorous mistranslation or cultural gaffe. Subtitle and cinema audience alike are intended to receive the film, not participate in it - but here, subtitles and asides from the seats and aisles converse with and affect that which appears on screen. Camera operators will be performers and vice versa, as the performance imagines its own future filmic (mis-)translation.
Adam J B Walker works with expanded text and performance to explore questions of politics, ethics and the public sphere. He has previously performed and exhibited at Tate Modern, Camden Arts Centre and the ICA, London; and, most recently, Yermilov Centre and IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives in Ukraine. Vicki Thornton's moving image practice combines documentary and fiction filmmaking approaches to examine relationships between cultural memory, performance and identity. She is currently shooting her first feature-length documentary film, (N)OSTALGIA. Recent presentations of her work have taken place at IZOLYATSIA, as above; Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic; PÖFF Black Nights, Tallinn, Estonia and DOKLeipzig, Germany.
We hope to see you at one or all events! Please consider joining our mailing list for updates and special offers - and, if you’re an artist or curator yourself, look out for the next Open Call from 1 September 2018.