An afternoon of screenings, events and discussions with artists Beatrice Gibson, Sarah Turner and Larissa Sansour all commissioned through FLAMIN Productions Round 5. The artists present materials that inform and inspire these works currently in production.
FLAMIN Productions is dedicated to investing in artists working with the moving image, funding ambitiously scaled, single screen works which represent a significant step forward in an artist’s practice.
In association with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.
1.30pm Larissa Sansour:In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain
Larissa Sansour and writer/scriptwriter Søren Lind discuss the use of sci-fi in Larissa’s work. Two previous works will be shown to contextualize this. Larissa and Søren also present the idea for In the Future, They Ate from the Finest Porcelain; discussing the process from initial idea to bringing partners and funding, showing photos for the film, presenting the storyboard and reading excerpts from the current script.
Sansour’s project is a sci-fi video essay inspired by the politicized archaeology carried out in present day Israel/Palestine. Filmed entirely in gritty black and white and combining live action, CGI and archival photographs, the film explores the role of myth and fiction for fact, history and national identity. The film is anticipated to be a 25-30 minutes gallery work.
2.40pm Beatrice Gibson: Crippled Symmetries
Beatrice Gibson screens an early version of her FLAMIN Productions commissioned film Crippled Symmetries. Titled Solo for Rich Man, this short version recently won the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel. The screening will be followed by a performance of John Cage’s ‘And the Earth Shall Bear Again’ by Kerry Yong, musician and member of avant-garde ensemble Apartment House.
The artist will be In Conversation with Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director at LUX.
Taking American author William Gaddis’ epic modernist masterpiece, JR (1975) as its departure point, Crippled Symmetries is a long-form experimental film. An eerily prescient, biting social satire that turns the American dream on its head, JR tells the story of a precocious 11 year-old capitalist who inadvertently creates the single greatest financial empire the decade has seen, spun largely from the invisible confines of the school pay phone. Crippled Symmetries will be a film in two parts. It is not an adaptation of JR, instead it uses the novel as a score, not only investigating its subject and form, but deploying them as the framework for a more experimental approach towards its own production.
Kerry Yong trained as a pianist and now also performs on keyboards and live electronics. He plays in ensembles Apartment House, Elision, Plus-Minus ensemble and Ensemble Offspring. Solo electronic projects include Cover Me Casio and Cover Me Cage: re-imaginations of avant-garde ‘hits’ by Cage, Ligeti, Messiaen, Riley, Stockhausen and others, performed using unsophisticated 80s casio and MIDI keyboards, effects pedals and lo-fi samples.
4pm Sarah Turner: Public House
Sarah Turner discusses key themes in her FLAMIN Productions commissioned work Public House, such as social engagement, form, authorship, and participation. Sarah will be in discussion with artist, Karen Mirza, and extracts from the work in progress will be shown.
Public House fuses fact and fiction in a multi layered exploration of memory, community and social reinvention. Activated in response to the community takeover of the Ivy House pub, London, SE15, this feature length work for cinemas is a shape shifting genre hybrid that moves from observational document to minimalist opera. Interweaving testament, performance poetry and an innovative soundscape that fuses acousmatic composition and verbatim librettos, the film explores individual and cultural memory and its resonance in shaping social spaces.