Artists’ Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to today

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Past Event

Artists’ moving image practice is activated by the context of the gallery, by temporary architectural environments, the cinema and the internet, and by social and political performance. Over the last few decades, this kind of artistic practice – which has its roots in film, performance and installation art – has become a phenomenon in its own right.

British artists and institutions have played a pioneering role in this history. From the filmmaking co-ops of the 1970s to recent exercises in digital manipulation, UK-based artists have been at the forefront of artistic experimentation, distribution, and exhibition. This has particularly been the case since the 1990s, when a mixture of artist support agencies and galleries such as LUX, Film and Video Umbrella, FACT, Film London and Channel 4 began re-aligning funding interests and supporting artists’ moving image work. Despite being showcased and discussed by arts and cultural organizations and academics, this field has not been fully explored or historicised.

Featuring keynote lectures and panel discussions with leading specialists – artists, curators, film historians, art historians and critics – the purpose of this conference is to map the recent history of of this dynamic strand of visual culture within a British context, and to develop new scholarly research through thematic discussions and close readings of selected works and artists.

Speakers include Erika Balsom, George Barber, Iwona Blazwick, James BoadenSteven CairnsMaeve Connolly, Nina Danino, TJ Demos, Gareth EvansKodwo EshunEd Halter, Shanay Jhaveri, Omar Kholeif, Michael MaziereSarah Perks, Colin Perry, Michele Pierson, Gary Thomas, Jonathan PatkowskiLucy Reynolds, Andrew Vallance, among others.

Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network




Friday 6 November
11.30am – 6pm

11.30am Introduction by Mark Hallett, Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

11.35am Introduction by Omar Kholeif, Curator Whitechapel Gallery

11.50am Iwona Blazwick , Director, Whitechapel Gallery.
Artists Moving Image work in Britain: A case study

12.05pm Maeve Connolly, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin, Lecturer in Film Studies
Mined and Mediated Bodies: Acting in Artists’ Film

12.25pm Lucy Reynolds, CSM, University of the Arts London, Lecturer, artist and curator
Figure and Ground: En-gendering Formal Film

Presentations followed by panel discussion chaired by Erika Balsom, King’s College London, Lecturer in Film Studies. Followed by Q&A

1.30pm Break

2.45pm Panel discussions (break-out sessions)

Film and video on TV
Colin Perry, Gary Thomas, Portland Green, Jonathan Patkowski. Chaired by Rose Cupit, Senior Manager, Film London

Performing identities
Laura Castagnini, Ayanna Dozier, Rachel Garfield, Diana Smith. Chaired by Lucy Reynolds

Modernism and Historiography
Inga Fraser and Alessandra Ferrini. Chaired by Erika Balsom

4.15pm Break

4.35-6pm Presentations by artists George Barber, Nina Danino, Lindsay Seers, Smadar Dreyfus. Chaired by Gareth Evans, Adjunct Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery. Followed by a Q&A

Saturday 7 November
11.30am – 7pm 

11.30am  Welcome and Introduction by Omar Kholeif

11.40am  Keynote by TJ Demos, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz

12.20pm James Boaden, Department of History of Art, University of York
Archives and Anachronisms in Queer Artists’ Moving Image

12.40pm Shanay Jhaveri, Writer and Curator
On Sonia Khurana

1.00 pm Panel discussion with TJ Demos, James Boaden, Shanay Jhaveri, chaired by Michele Pierson. Followed by Q&A

1.30pm Break

2.30pm In conversation between Ben Cook, Director LUX, Omar Kholeif and Sarah Perks, Artistic Director, HOME, Manchester. Followed by Q&A

3.15 pm Exhibition Histories and Curatorial Practice
Presentations by Steven Cairns, Michael Maziere, Duncan Reekie, Andrew Vallance. Followed by Q&A

4.45pm Break

5.15pm – 7pm Presentations by artist and theorist Kodwo Eshun and critic and curator Ed Halter. Followed by panel discussion chaired by Erika Balsom

Artists Moving Image Conference Speaker Abstracts

Conference Steering Committee:

Erika Balsom, King’s College London, Lecturer in Film Studies

Gareth Evans, Adjunct Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

Omar Kholeif, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

Sarah Perks, Artistic Director HOME, Manchester

Lucy Reynolds, Artist, curator, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Sarah V. Turner, Deputy Director for Research, Paul Mellon Centre

Sofia Victorino, Daskalopoulos Head of Education & Public Programmes