A day of screenings, events and discussion with artistsZarina Bhimji, Sebastian Buerkner, Rachel Reupkeand Jane & Louise Wilson all commissioned through FLAMIN Productions 2012. The artists present materials that inform and inspire these works currently in production.
FLAMIN Productions is dedicated to investing in artists working with the moving image, funding ambitiously scaled, single screen works which represent a significant step forward in an artist’s practice.
In association with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.
Yellow Patch (2011, 29 mins)
Yellow Patch is a film by Zarina Bhimji, inspired by trade and migration across the Indian Ocean. An exploration of space with a characteristically evocative use of sound, the film focuses on distinct details of the landscape and architecture. Desolate yet beautiful close-up images of abandoned Haveli palaces and colonial offices in Mumbai harbour give way to atmospheric renditions of the desert and the sea.
Jane and Louise Wilson
Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks (1986, 54 mins)
Followed by a conversation between the artists and Susan Schuppli
Jane and Louise Wilson present a screening ofChernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks (1986, 54 minutes) made by Soviet filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko in the days immediately following the accident. On processing his film, Shevchenko noticed sections of it were heavily pockmarked and affected by static interference, coinciding with the sound of his Geiger counter measuring radiation, and realised that radiation was effectively ‘visible’ on the film material itself.
This documentary inspired the Wilsons’ new film The Toxic Camera which reflects on the disaster. The Toxic Camera is currently part of an exhibition of recent works by the artists at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester until 27 January.
Following the screening the artists will be In Conversation with Susan Schuppli, media artist and cultural theorist, and contributing writer on The Toxic Camera.
Sebastian Buerkner will present test scenes from FLAMIN Productions work in progress Chimera, an animated film in 3D alongside other 3D material.
The programme includes a performance "The Telescope" by artist Tim Spooner, first presented at the Whitstable Biennial 2012.
by Tim Spooner
A series of magnetic and chemical events are enacted under a microscope camera and presented live as a documentary account of an uncertain landscape.
Supported by The Juliet Gomperts Trust
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A Ticket of No Return (1979, 108 mins)
With an introduction by the artist
Rachel Reupke presents a screening of A Ticket of No Return (1979, 108 minutes) by German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger. A woman without a name arrives in Berlin from an unknown place and embarks on an unusual sight-seeing tour.
“... She purchased a ticket of no return to Berlin-Tegel. She wanted to forget her past, or rather to abandon it like a condemned house. She wanted to concentrate all her energies on one thing, something all her own. To follow her own destiny at last was her only desire. Berlin, a city in which she was a complete stranger, seemed just the place to indulge her passion undisturbed. Her passion was alcohol, she lived to drink and drank to live, the life of a drunkard.”
The film will be introduced by Rachel Reupke, who will also discuss her upcoming FLAMIN Productions commission Wine and Spirits.