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Joachim Koester at Camden Arts Centre

January 31, 2017 in uncategorised

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Joachim Koester
In the Face of Overwhelming Forces

28 January – 26 March 2017

Camden Arts Centre

Joachim Koester, Maybe this act, this work, this thing, 2016 (video still). Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery and Jan Mot
Danish artist Joachim Koester transforms the galleries with an immersive installation comprising 16mm film projection, digital video, photography and audio works. Collectively, they span the last 12 years of his practice, revealing wide-ranging fascinations held together by a persistent enquiry into the boundaries of apparent reality and a quest to uncover hidden aspects of perception.

Siobhan Davies Dance material / rearranged / to / be

January 22, 2017 in uncategorised

Siobhan Davies Dance

material / rearranged / to / be

At Barbican Curve gallery 20th – 28 th Jan

web page here

just one week to see this show – of great interest to those curious about exploring the body in art- and the intersection between dance/film/installation

London-based investigative arts organisation Siobhan Davies Dance premiere an ambitious new installation comprised of multiple pieces by choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers. Exploring how the body feels when in the act of doing, the installation includes live performance, film projection and objects that are presented as an ever-changing arrangement. Each of the works draws upon the library and practices of the art historian Aby Warburg, who collected diverse images of gestures from different times and places and positioned them side-by-side to reveal previously-hidden relationships

Amie Siegel at South London Gallery

January 22, 2017 in uncategorised

I’ve heard very good things about this show. If you’ve never been to the South London Gallery it’s a must- just next door to Camberwell College of Arts

Amie Siegel at South London Gallery

Jan 20- March 26

Free   Link here


Amie Siegel

Amie Siegel
For New York-based artist Amie Siegel’s first solo show in London, the South London Gallery presents recent works which explore the mechanisms through which objects become imbued with meaning. Known for her layered, meticulously constructed works that consider the undercurrents of value systems, cultural ownership and image-making, Siegel works across film, video, photography, performance and installation.

The Infinite Mix

October 18, 2016 in uncategorised

The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Image

A Hayward Gallery off-site exhibition presented
in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory at The Store, 180 The Strand.

I have heard this is excellent- a must see!

The Infinite Mix: Contemporary Sound and Image brings together audiovisual artworks that are soulful and audacious in their exploration of a wide range of subjects. In all of the works in this exhibition the interplay between moving image and sound is crucial. Most of the artists have composed, commissioned or remixed soundtracks that relate to the visual element of their work in unexpected ways, and ensure that what you hear is just as important as what you see.

Friday September 9th – Sunday December 4th….Free entry

Have you seen this yet? If so.. why not comment?

Maia Conran; This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise

October 3, 2016 in uncategorised

Check out this online show by our very own Maia Conran at:


A fascinating online work… It’s best viewed on a computer with sound.  View the work in context here…THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ME HERE. HE SAID HE WOULD BRING WATER. MORE WATER. THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ME HERE. HE SAID HE LIKED MY FACE, ASKED ME WHAT MY NAME WAS. THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ME HERE.

The colony | Dinh Q. Le

September 17, 2016 in Gallery Visit, Photographic Research


14th September 2016

This exhibition was at Art Angel in Rye Lane.

I had not been to this venue before, I found it intriguing in the way that one had to negotiate old brick passages and stairways before entering the exhibition space. This gave a sense of not knowing what to expect and a sense of wonder on entering the large space with three enormous screens showing A/V films relating to the subject matter. Standing between three screens gave an immersive experience made better by the fact that I was the only person in the building apart from the gallery assistants.

The exhibition focused on the Guano islands off the coast of Peru.

detail from A/V ; the isalnds

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original photographs by Alexander Gardner from 1865 from the Cincha Islands

exhibition literature

Also of interest was the map showing all the islands of the world affected by the Guano act of 1856 allowing United States Congress to seize  uninhabited islands anywhere in the world for the harvest of guano.

The installation was reminiscent for me of the 2011 work by Zarina Bhimji entitled ‘Yellow Patch’ made in India, and which she described as being about the light and the small details of distant interiors. Yellow patch had a very meditative feel about it, with a very slow pace. This work also showed detail of old interiors, allowing the viewer to consider the people who once lived and worked in such harsh surroundings, and then to reconsider those still working in this way.

In ‘The Colony’, old photographs were juxtaposed with film made by very modern technology; the drone. I enjoyed the way that the drones are shown in the film both as shadows over the landscape and also using a second camera. The use of music which is described in the exhibition leaflet as “apocalyptic” created a mesmerising picture of the intensely unpleasant work of loading guano onto ships. The old photographs were displayed in traditional wooden museum cases to accentuate their historic origins.

drones and guano producing birds; an appropriate reference to flight

drones and guano producing birds; an appropriate reference to the role of flight in both subject and mode of projection

Old maps were also shown in contrast with a modern digital mapping display showing worldwide Guano islands as a digitally projected and moving image.

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The work was a very interesting example of site specific work, that whilebeing on a subject that I knew nothing about, was thought provoking and educational at the same time as being visually stimulating. The large screens were a main reason for this immersive experience; not many gallery spaces would be able to show this particular work.


Artists’ Film and Video: from Idea to Moving Image

September 16, 2016 in courses

‘Artists’ Film and Video: from Idea to Moving Image’ is a new Fine Art course designed for students and artists who want to develop ideas in moving image media or add a strong contemporary dimension to their application portfolios. Tutors Mark Aerial Waller and Marc Hulson currently teach on the BA and MA Fine Art courses at Central St Martins and met on the artist-run gallery and film-screening scene in London in the early 2000s. Below they talk about teaching, working together and their inspiration for the course.

We put together a performance / video piece for a major public event (the Big Draw at Granary Square) in October 2015 and afterward we were editing footage from that. We’d invited students to work with us as performers on the piece and we realised we had something that could be developed into a dynamic educational experience. We noticed that the Short Course programme didn’t cover moving image / new media from a Fine Art perspective and we thought this was a missing link: you’ll find that Fine Art programmes at BA and MA levels place a strong emphasis on expanding practice through performance and video for example, but most short courses focus on traditional media. So we set about designing something where students can develop ideas in moving-image media through workshop scenarios, individual mentoring and screenings.

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On the course students will be immersed in film and video culture. We are making screenings a key element, with seminal work by Mike Kelley, Vito Acconci, Valie Export and others. Watching and discussing influential work plays a vital role in getting ideas going, and that will feed directly into the workshop and mentoring aspects where students will develop their own work. By the end of it each participant will have an ambitious, fully developed project.


We’ll be bringing a wealth of our own professional experience to the course – we first worked together in 2002 when Mark presented an all-night screening as part of his Wayward Canon project at Five Years, an artist-run space that Marc co-founded. Since then we’ve collaborated in various contexts in Berlin and London.

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The next Artist’s Film and Video – from idea to moving image course starts soon on the 22 October 2016. Please visit our website for further information and to book your place.

Further information can also be found on the Artists’ Film & Video – from idea to moving image Facebook page

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