Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Sunday, 16 January 2011
[DoR] visited Sassoon Gallery, Peckham for the first time this week to see:
CHARLES DRINKWATER | UNA SAVIC | KYLE ZETO
Sisters Burn, residing at Sassoon Gallery, are delighted to announce the launch of their 2011 program with The Immortal. The installation brings together artists Charles Drinkwater, Una Savic and Kyle Zeto in their first ever collaboration. Abandoning their own particular practices, the artists have worked to combine their thoughts and talents in a singular installation for Sassoon Gallery.
The root of The Immortal is R.S. Fitter’s book London’s Natural History. Published in 1945, the book documents the impact of wartime bombing on urban flora and fauna, and highlights the dispersion of otherwise rare or foreign plants and the resurgence of plants affected directly by the bombings. As part of the numerous appendices in the book, a catalogue of the plants found amongst the bombsites in London is included in a typically nonchalant manner befitting an ecological study. Amongst the list are plants with evocative names like Gallant Soldiers, Senecio Squalidus and Many-Seeded Goosefoot. In hindsight, the cataloguing of these opportunist bomb-site plants evokes a certain gravity. The plants are forgotten and ethereal memorials; to physical destruction, historic events and of our understanding of these past moments.
It is the potential of these subtle and overlooked memorials that artists Charles Drinkwater, Una Savic and Kyle Zeto have chosen to explore in their collaborative installation The Immortal. Consisting of video and installation, the exhibition comprises of a film set, a consciously considered and constructed installation within the gallery alongside a real-time presentation of the set itself. Encompassing the names of these plants, and with Zeto’s mask construction as sentinel, and reminiscent in form of monumental memorial structure, the installation is a temporary construction, impermanent and allusive, though rendered permanent and formal through transmission. Creating a cyclical loop between real time experience and filmic representation, The Immortal blurs the lines between how we conceive of and appreciate our past, and present.
The Immortal is a physical representation of the act of memorializing, and an illumination of our relationship to these constructions; be they temporary and fleeting, or permanent in stone.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
It is only a tiny smattering of days until we return to the Rich Mix and continue our collaboration with the alluring and fantabulous Cabinet of Living Cinema. The concept: we provide an awesome programme of short films and The Cabinet rescore them. Live! And for most of the films, no one except the band will have heard the new scores before. To top it off, this time we are part of the deeply cool and edgy London Short Film Festival.
We will have an even bigger variety of films than ever; to tie in with the festival, the majority are by filmmakers whose work as been a part of LSFF in past (and present) years. Max Hattler, The Astburys, Sophie Windsor Clive, Magali Charrier, Kiron Hussain, Bella Fenning and Kayla Parker have all contributed to the festival, and we can't wait to show their work in a new light.
We also welcome back Tom Chick, Beatrice Baumgartner, Lesley Butler and Ioli Zalimoglou, whose work we showed in December. Don't necessarily expect a repeat of last time though; The Cabinet work in mysterious ways and who knows what they might come up with this time round!
On top of this we will be throwing two brand new submissions, by Tom Bailey and Kat Magrowitz, into the Whirlygig mixing pot. You can find lots more information, including a full film listing, on our website http://whirlygigcinema.com/films/
Making Tracks II will take place in the Rich Mix Bar on Friday 14th January. Doors will open at 7.30pm for a prompt programme start at 8pm. If you are coming, please try to come for the whole night - this event is a dish best served whole! There are still tickets available, save yourself a few coins by booking in advance. Get them at http://www.richmix.org.uk/film_makingtracks.htm.
Saturday, 8 January 2011
An architectural icon of 1960s New-Brutalism in the East End and its current inhabitants. A large format film camera. An hour in November 2010. Ten exposures. One image. This is The Balfron Project.
Not only did [DoR] take part in photographing event (a really fun evening to get the community together) but on Thursday we went along to the Bow Arts Trust to see the final photograph- beautifully displayed in the Nunnery- the photograph was lit like an ancient shrine at the end of the tunnel like, cavernous gallery.
Conceived by artist Simon Terrill, this project does not seek to fictionalise nor expose the lives of those who call the tower home. What The Balfron Project has done, for the first time since the building’s inception, is to generate an arena for reciprocal viewing. For one hour in November, a camera was focused on the tower and the current residents of Balfron Tower were invited to be in the picture, in the manner of their choosing. Film lights illuminated the building as people crowded onto their balconies and improvised performances on the grounds below in time for the designated sound cue that was used to announce the next shot. In this representation of the Balfron Tower, it was the role of the character to compose the subject.
The Balfron Tower is the latest production in Simon Terrill’s ongoing series of photographic performance events exploring ideas of community and the nature of crowds. The final mural-sized photograph features in the exhibition alongside related works and documentary footage by Ollie Harrop and Tim Bowditch.