After screening her amazing film Magic Mirror in 2013, we are delighted to invite British artist Sarah Pucill to present her latest film for The Dream That Kicks.
Amidst a visual extravaganza of costumes and hand-made sets, Sarah Pucill's new film Confessions to the Mirror takes its title, from the French Surrealist artist, Claude Cahun’s incomplete memoir. Following Cahun’s text, the film includes Cahun’s early and later life and work including her political propaganda activity and imprisonment in Jersey with her partner Suzanne Malherbe during the Nazi occupation of the island.
A screening/performance and book launch inspired by the late artist and curator Ian White (1971-2013). White was an influential curator of artists’ film, particularly through his work for the Whitechapel Gallery, LUX and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. This event brings together three artists who were important to White and whose work deals directly with the idea that the cinema auditorium is a space where films are performed or produced, rather than simply projected.
We are happy to welcome the British artist Stephen Connolly who will be present to introduce a selection of his films. Connolly is a true “auteur” of a provocative and reflective cinema - who makes no concessions. His films combine archive footage, textual quotations, interviews and semi-scripted recordings, drawing links between nature, our relationship with space and the restrictions on liberty that have unfolded in the twenty-first century.
The fiercely original British film-maker, poet and artist Jeff Keen, defied categorisation. He produced a vast body of paintings, drawings, sculpture and punchy Beat poetry, but is best known for his films, which incorporated collage, animation, found footage and live action – often all in one work. Films were shot with his friends and family either at home, on the streets of Brighton or at the local waste tip; their fantastical, DIY countercultural qualities evoked the spirit of Andy Warhol's Factory and the early cinema pioneers of Brighton, where Keen lived. He completed more than 70 films and videos throughout his life. Keen died in June 2012.
Projectors invade the auditorium to reveal seven amazing double screen works – three seminal classics and four from the British new analogue wave. Interaction, juxtaposition, synchronization and repetition drive these films. The action here is not just happening on the filmstrips – it also belongs in the moment of projecting.