Joshua Bonnetta: Low Islands

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    Caolas na Hearadh (The Sound of Harris) – Joshua Bonnetta

Past Event


This event was on Thu 15 Nov, 7pm

The New York based interdisciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta presents a 60 minute preview edit of Caolas na Hearadh (The Sound of Harris), an experimental film work in progress, and is in conversation with anthropologist Isaac Marrero-Guillamon.

The evening will open with a reading of Praise Poem for North Uist by its writer, poet Stephen Watts.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the last printed edition of independent, internationalist moving image magazine Vertigo, which comes with a DVD copy of Ken McMullen‘s acclaimed feature 1871.

This event is supported by the Unit of Visual Anthropology and the Migration Research Network, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Caolas na Hearadh | 16mm to digital | 5.1 | 100 minutes | 2018-2019

Filmed and recorded in the Outer Hebrides between the darkest and brightest days of the year, Caolas na Hearadh (The Sound of Harris) is a cinematic study of sound, light, and place. Super 16mm cinematography interwoven with site-specific field recordings, found archival sound, and recorded interviews are used as a departure point to explore the relationships between place narrative, perception, and the physical environment.

Support for this work has been generously provided by The Canada Council for the Arts & Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre.


Bonnetta will also be showing El Mar La Mar on his visit to London:

El Mar La Mar (Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki, USA, 2017, 95 mins)
Screening and Q&A with Joshua Bonnetta and Nishat Awan.

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 6pm
Professor Stuart Hall Building, Room LG02
Goldsmiths, University of London
Free entry, all welcome

About Joshua Bonnetta

Joshua  Bonnetta  (b.1979) is a Canadian artist working primarily with analogue film and sound across installation, performance and theatrical exhibition. Acclaimed for his recent collaborative work El Mar La Mar with JP Sniadecki, his film works have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival,  ICA  London,  The Museum of Modern Art,  BFI London Film Festival, Berlin  Film  Festival, New York Film Festival,  AFI and at various other festivals, museums, and galleries.  He lives and works between New York City and upstate New York.

About Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón is lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University, where he convenes the MA Visual Anthropology. His work is concerned with the entanglements between politics and aesthetics – more specifically, with the ways in which activism, artistic practice and cultural artefacts may contribute to the production of new conditions of possibility. His research has experimented with a range of visual and collaborative methodologies, including film, photography, public events, textual objects, and exhibitions.

About Vertigo

Vertigo, the moving image magazine, was founded 25 years ago and produced 30 issues between 1993-2009. Ranging across artists’ film and video, documentary, world cinema, new media and all points in between, it featured essays, reviews, features, portfolios, industry analysis and interviews with many of the world’s greatest film-makers. Engaged, collaborative and committed, it favoured independence, innovation and always imagination.

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