Complementing the Whitechapel Gallery’s major survey of abstraction: Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015. This special day of film screenings will explore artist film-makers’ responses to the four themes in the exhibition: Architectronics, Communication, the Everyday and Utopia. Featuring works from leading contemporary artist film-makers such as Elizabeth Price and Mark Leckey, the day will include commentary and conversation with some of the featured artist film-makers, providing an in-depth look at abstract film being made today.
The day begins with a classic early work by Harry Smith, followed by premieres from Liberate Tate and Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel. There will be screenings of works by: Sebastian Buerkner, Ellard & Johnstone, Mark Leckey, Elizabeth Price, Naheed Raza, Samantha Rebello, Tereza Stehlikova and Rehana Zaman. As well as a collective conversation between George Barber, Laura Buckley, Jesc Bunyard, Hannah Davey, Ian Helliwell, Jessica Sarah Rinland and John Smith who will also show films.
The event will close with a screening of one of Stan Brakhage’s seminal works.
Thanks to Adam Pugh for programming advice.
1.45pm Introductions and premiere of Hidden Figures, Liberate Tate
1.50pm Early Abstractions, Harry Smith
Untitled (Blocks, Cross, Square), 3 films, Jesc Bunyard
The Object Which Thinks Us, Samantha Rebello
Netball, Rehana Zaman
Escape the Light, Ian Helliwell
Darse Cuenta, Jessica Sarah Rinland
March of the Big White Barbarians, Mark Leckey
The Very Very End, George Barber
Sand, Naheed Raza
The Black Tower, John Smith
Real Time, / Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel
Time to Readjust, Ian Helliwell
Weresheglanspertheere, Sebastian Buerkner
Digital Skin, Laura Buckley
Molecular Feedback, Ian Helliwell
User Group Disco, Elizabeth Price
4.40pm Panel discussion with George Barber, Laura Buckley, Jesc Bunyard, Hannah Davey & Mika Kemper, Ian Helliwell and John Smith.
Proposal for an Unmade Film, Ellard & Johnstone
The Perpetual, Tereza Stehlikova
Dante Quartet, Stan Brakhage