Friday 23rd November 2018, 20:30
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Total runtime 71 min.
Rita Macedo, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Jamie Jenkinson will be present for Q&A.
This Particular Nowhere
9 min / 2015 / Germany / London premiere
A head on a screen. Like a planet it moves through the void of space. It speaks.
The words we hear seem to refer to the auditorium as well as to our contemplation of what is happening on the screen.
In the vastness of space meanings open up and we soon find ourselves musing about undefinable conceptions of 'beginnings', 'heres' and 'nows'.
House of Women
Michelle Williams Gamaker
14 min / 2017 / UK
For the character of Kanchi in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 film drama Black Narcissus, a nationwide audition was conducted. The coveted role went to young actress Jean Simmons. To fulfil it, she had to wear dark make-up and a jewel in her nose to become the “exotic temptress” of Rumer Godden’s novel. By auditioning only Indian expat and first-generation British Asian women living in London, Michelle Williams Gamaker recast a Kanchi for the 21st century, who speaks.
I found manna and I ate it
10 min / 2018 / The Netherlands / World festival premiere
Using a combination of HD video and iPhone footage the work centres loosely around the figure of Hildegard von Bingen, the medieval abbess and mystic. A series of tableaux vivants depicting Hildegard and her cohorts is intercut with footage of a night out in London, in which we follow a group of female friends as an evening unravels. The work investigates ideas around desire and female sociality, as well as the connections between music, spirituality and states of ecstasy.
Life After Love
8 min / 2018 / USA / UK premiere
A shifting of the light in the lot, where parked cars become containers for a collective estrangement.
Heterosexual Love Story
8 min / 2018 / Finland / UK premiere
The filmmaker tiredly narrates a stereotypical, imagined encounter between a man and woman, abroad two different ships passing each other in the night.
See a Dog, Hear a Dog
17 min / 2016 / USA / UK premiere
With YouTube dog videos, chatbot dialogue windows, and iTunes visualizer among other sources, See a Dog, Hear a Dog—McLean’s latest analytic tragicomedy of infinite human desire and finite technological capacity—considers the deficits and surpluses produced by attempts at communication among humans, animals, and machines; both directly and as mediated by one another. (Colin Beckett)
We don't know how we don't know where
5 min / 2018 / UK / World festival premiere
The video is from the after party of an LCD Soundsystem gig. I was there as Phil Goss’ plus one (he’d gotten to know the keyboard player through a mutual interest in canalboats). I started the recording while Phil queued up for drinks, finishing when he returned with beers. Shortly afterwards we were taken to (yet another) ‘VIP’ area, with free drinks and no queues. Felt a bit uncool for using the regular bar, again, but if we hadn’t, I’d never have woken up to this video, so guess it was for the best. Cheers Korey.