This year’s Jarman Award Weekend brings together the six artists shortlisted for the 2016 Jarman Award to explore the ideas of future through discussions, screenings, performances, talks and readings.
Day 1: Sat 19 Nov
Sophia Al Maria, Cécile B. Evans and Rachel Maclean share their latest works that pose questions about our relationship with the digital world, the nature of identity and emotions in the cyberspace and the extreme present.
The day will close with a discussion between the shortlisted artists chaired by writer and cultural critic Shumon Basar.
Day 2: Sun 20 Nov
Mikhail Karikis, Shona Illingworth and Heather Phillipson share their thoughts, journeys and words. The day will look at the ideas on the intersection of memory, history, subjectivity and place with thoughts on amnesia, erasure, want, consumption and production.
The day will close with a discussion between the shortlisted artists chaired by writer and UK editor of Cabinet magazine Brian Dillon.
12:00-13.45 Screening of part 1 of the Jarman Award Touring Programme 2016 (66min)
Cécile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen, 2014, 22 min
Sophia Al Maria, The Watcher # 1, 2014, 6min and Choque, 2014, 5min
Rachel Maclean, Please Sir…, 2014, 25 min
14:00-14.45 Tandem Career – Sophia Al Maria on her work as a screenwriter and artist with readings from her screenplays and books, bookended with a screening of her very first and the most recent moving image work.
14:45-15.30 What the Heart Wants (2016, 41 min) – London Premiere of Cécile B. Evans’ latest work with intro from the artist.
15:30-16.00 Tea Break
16:00-16.45 It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016, 30min) – special preview of Rachel Maclean’s latest work with intro from the artist.
16:45-17.30 Panel with Cécile B. Evans and Sophia Al Maria chaired by Shumon Basar
12.00-13.30 Screening of part 2 of the Jarman Award Touring Programme 2016 (59min)
Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2014, 16 min
Heather Phillipson, FINAL DAYS, 2015, 22 min
Shona Illingworth, 216 Westbound, 2014, 17 min
13:45-14.30 Invisible Journey – Mikhail Karikis’ on his journey through working with human voice with live performance and screening of SeaWomen (2013), Sounds from Beneath (2011-12) and Ain’t Got No Fear (2016).
14:30-15.30 Behind the Screen – Shona Illingworth gives an insight into her working methods and development of ideas in a session illustrated by drawings, images, sounds and clips.
15:30-16.00 Tea Break
16.00-16.45 you name it it’s smithereens – Heather Phillipson on words and sounds with audio recordings and readings of her poetry
16:45–17.30 Panel with Mikhail Karikis, Shona Illingworth and Heather Phillipson chaired by Brian Dillon
Sophia Al Maria
Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer, and filmmaker, based in London. Al Maria’s work has recently been exhibited at Whitney Museum, NY (2016), LUMA Westbau, Switzerland (2015) and Cornerhouse, Manchester (2014) and her work was also featured in the 2015 New Museum Triennial, New York. Her current research focuses on the concept of ‘Gulf Futurism’ and in 2007, she published her first autobiographical novel, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Collins Perennial, 2012).
Cécile B. Evans
Cécile B. Evans is a Belgian American artist based in London, working with moving image, performance and installation. She is the creator of AGNES, the first digital commission for the Serpentine Galleries. Recent exhibitions include the 9th Berlin Biennale (2016), and ‘Stranger’ at MOCA Cleveland (2016). Upcoming solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Winterthur, Copenhagen, De Hallen Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Tate Liverpool, UK. She was the 2012 recipient of the Emdash Award (now Frieze Artist Award) and the 2013 recipient of the Push Your Art Prize.
Shona Illingworth is an artist who works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Major works using moving image and/or sound, take the form of gallery based and site specific installation. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently at UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2016), The Wellcome Collection (2016) and FACT, Liverpool (2015). Upcoming solo shows include Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, and CGP and Dilston Grove, London. She has also received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London, and Channel 4 Television.
Mikhail Karikis is a Greek British artist based in London. His work embraces moving image, sound and other media to create immersive audio-visual installations and performances. Karikis’s work has recently been shown at the Wellcome Trust, London, (2016), The 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, (2015) The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017) and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015). Solo exhibitions include Children of Unquiet, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London UK (2015-2016). A new work was featured this summer as part of the Whitstable Biennale.
Artist Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. She has recently held solo shows at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Images Festival, Toronto and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale (all 2016). Her work was featured as part of Frieze New York’s Frieze Projects Programme (2016) and she has also produced moving image commissions for Channel 4 Television’s Random Acts strand and The Arts Council collection. Phillipson is also an award-winning poet.
Rachel Maclean is an artist based in Glasgow, her work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions that are both nauseatingly positive and cheerfully grotesque. She largely works in green-screen composite video and digital print, often installing this alongside props, costumes and related sculpture.
Maclean was nominated for the Film London Jarman Award in 2013 and won Glasgow Film Festivals Margaret Tait Award in 2013. She was recently on a residency at Artpace, San Antonio, has an upcoming solo show at HOME, Manchester in 2016 and will be representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. He is a co-author of The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. His edited books include Drone Fiction, The World of Madelon Vriesendorp, Cities from Zero and Did Someone Say Participate? Basar is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai; Editor-at-Large at Tank magazine and a Contributing Editor to Bidoun magazine; Director of the Format program at the Architectural Association, London; and a founding member of Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council.
Brian Dillon is UK editor of Cabinet magazine, and teaches critical writing at the Royal College of Art. His books include The Great Explosion (Penguin, 2015), Objects in This Mirror: Essays (Sternberg Press, 2014) and I Am Sitting in a Room (Cabinet, 2012). His next book, Essayism, will be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in 2017.