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Infinity Mix Exhibition

November 9, 2016 in uncategorised

Hayward Gallery, in association with The Vinyl Factory, presents its only major off-site exhibition during its two-year refurbishment.

Click here to visit the THE INFINITE MIX website

Taking place at The Store, a new creative space at 180 The Strand, THE INFINITE MIX brings together major audio-visual artworks from ten leading international artists.

Both soulful and audacious in their exploration of wide-ranging subjects, these works foreground the role of sound whilst expanding the nature of our encounter with images. Spanning a range of approaches and formats from cinema-style 3D video to hologram-like projections and multi-screen installations, the works in the exhibition address us in ways that are conceptually as well as emotionally immersive.

Most of the works mix the conventions of documentary filmmaking with unexpected and inventive approaches to layering images and sounds. Structured musically, rather than as linear narratives, they present new possibilities for how the medium of video can engage us in exploring the poetics as well as the politics of music, performance and history.

THE INFINITE MIX presents UK premieres of audio-visual artworks by leading international artists Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller with Cecilia Bengolea, Stan Douglas, Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Cameron Jamie, Kahlil Joseph, Elizabeth Price, Ugo Rondinone and Rachel Rose.

The Store, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA

Friday 9 September – Sunday 4 December

Tuesday to Saturday, 12 noon – 8pm

Sunday, 12 noon – 7pm

Please note that the exhibition closes at 7pm on Thursday 29 September and Thursday 6 October.

VIDEO ART: AN INTRODUCTION TO MOVING IMAGE PRACTICE

November 3, 2016 in courses, Meet our tutors

Central Saint Martins Short Courses is very pleased to announce a new and exciting weekend course, that will examine Video art: an introduction to moving image practice, this coming December.  Taught by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad, an artist and curator currently based at the Photography Programme of the Royal College of Art, we chat to Azadeh about Video Art in 2016 and what students can expect from her new course.

Video Art encompasses installations, films, digital media and projections and has been around in these various forms since the 1960s. But where is Video Art in 2016 and what relevance does it have today?

Video art is, in fact, one of the most significant art practices in the contemporary world. I agree that the start of the practice was in the 1960s, when it was primarily single channel video, or was used to reflect on an artist’s process by capturing their studio practice – e.g. Bruce Nauman. However, the medium of moving image has now expanded in diversity, in terms of content, duration and display. By using different editing techniques, filming equipment and displaying facilities, artists have reached one of the most significant levels of image making possible today.

At the same time, with the shrinking physical world that we live in, many contemporary artists find video art more convenient, as it can easily be stored on a hard drive.

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When did you first present yourself as a Video Artist?

It was in 2011 that I installed my first multi-channel video installation in the Chelsea Triangle Space. It was the result of an experimental process in which I shifted from working with physical art (Painting, Sclupture) to time based media.

What inspired you to practice Video art?

Video art presented a new language for me at the time and I was curious to learn more about it. I was fascinated by the combination of sound, image and narrative, and impressed by the length of a video art piece-  the fact that it could form a linear sequence of fragments of an event.

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Currently you are a lecturer based at the Royal College of Art, London and also a visiting lecturer at the Moving Image Department of Brighton University.  How did you make that transition from artist to lecturer?

I found video art more communicative and a more effective artistic tool, but I was not sure yet which particular style would be more suitable for me.

Where should I start and how could I express my ideas in a narrative form? That was when I embarked on extensive research on different video art practices such as documentaries, essay films, poetic diary films, photo-based videos, footage re-visitation, and performance-based videos, among others. I was anxious to find out more about techniques, concepts and the history in parallel. It was a fruitful journey and I realised it could be an important part of art education. For this reason, I prioritised teaching and sharing my findings with groups of art students in Britain such as at the Royal College of Art, as well as abroad at the likes of Konstfack Stockholm.

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What can students expect from your new course Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice at Central Saint Martins Short Courses?

I have created an abridged version of my video art teachings exclusively for the Central Saint Martins short courses. The sessions would start by looking at the diverse styles of video art practice, referring to examples by artists and practitioners such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Chris Marker and Chantal Akerman among others. I believe discussion should be one of the most important parts of the sessions where the group could bring together different perspectives by trying to understand and analyse various video art pieces. We would evaluate the primary elements of each work such as concept, technique and production by referencing existing styles.

Have there been any exhibitions of Video Art in London this year that have particularly impressed you?

The Inoperative Community at Raven Row.

The Inoperative Community Installation Ericka Beckman, You the Better (1983) Photography by Marcus J. Leith

The Inoperative Community Installation
Ericka Beckman, You the Better (1983)
Photography by Marcus J. Leith

The first Video Art: An Introduction to Moving Image Practice weekend course will take place on 18th and 19th March 2017. You can book online via the Short Course website.

Typography, letterpress, moving image, sound

October 17, 2016 in typography

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.

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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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