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Video Ga Ga: Artist moving image for babies and their adults

Including works from Miranda Pennell, Aurélien Froment, Jayne Parker, Peter Savage


Join us for Video Ga Ga - a selection of films exploring experimentation in artist moving image and the sensory world of infants.

Tailored to your babies’ development this short programme introduces you and your baby to the wonderment of colour, light, motion and sound. Prompting you to find pleasure in simple human interaction as you learn about the sensory milestones of the first two years of life.

Screened with the lights up a touch and the sound down a little, just for the comfort of your youngster. This session will last approximately 1 hour with space on either side of the screening for a little play and socialising for babies and adults alike. 


ABOUT THE CURATOR

This screening programme was developed by Gayle Meikle an independent curator and researcher based out of Newcastle. Her practice is located within the curatorial, with a deep interest in the spatial, socio-political implications thereof. She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the BxNU Institute (Northumbria University).  

Her forthcoming thesis The Erotic Curatorial: A Feminist Approach to a Critical Spatial Practice in Curating explores a situated and embodied approach to curating. From 2013 to 2016 she worked with contemporary arts organisation ATLAS Arts to deliver a two-year visual arts programme in the Outer Hebrides. Recent past projects include A Polyphonic Essay on Eros (2019) co-curated with Alexandra Ross, BALTIC 39; An Address to Holy Motherhood (2019), Bad Spirits; A Seat at The Table (2018), Gallery North; it feels right to me (2017), LUX Scotland & GFT; NEO NEO // Extreme Past (2016), co-curated with ATLAS Arts, Scottish National Galleries.


ABOUT THE ARTWORK

You Made Me Love You, Miranda Pennell, UK, 2005, 4 m

This charming video tracks the gaze of a group of dancers who are tasked with holding eye contact with the camera as it manoeuvres around the room. Babies begin life with the ability to recognise faces and at six months are able to recognise individuals in a crowd. The more exposure babies have to all kinds of faces, including different ethnicities, the more they will be able to distinguish facial cues long into adulthood. 

Pulmo Marina, Aurélien Froment, Ireland, 2010, 5 m

In this film, an egg-yolk jellyfish gently drifts in a deep watery blue whilst a soothing voice wryly describes the creature. At the end of 3 months, babies can track an object as it moves across space. By 5 months, they are adept at distinguishing between strong colours; reds and greens first then vivid blues and yellows next. This exquisitely shot video will mesmerise little ones whilst parents might learn a thing or two about the egg-yolk jellyfish.

The World Turned Upside Down, Jayne Parker, UK, 2001 8 m

With the new found mobility that comes as infants transition from baby to toddler, curiosity grows. This idiosyncratic dance to camera piece choreographed by Anthony Howell performs role reversals between people and their dogs. Towards the end of their first year babies will be able to connect pictures to objects in the real world and and become more interested in animals. Meaning your baby might be able to recognise body parts as the dancers perform a series of movements mimicking the actions of the dogs.

31 Chords, Peter Savage, UK, 2012 4 m 59 s 

At around 18 months an infant’s ability to recognise similarities in colours and shapes will begin to accelerate. This video uses the simplicity of 31 chords (12 major, 12 minor, 4 diminished and 3 augmented) as its guide to produce patterns across colour fields, in time with sound. Creating a meditative play on composition that will help your little one on their journey to identifying the full spectrum of colours.


Film Information

Running Time: 1hr

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