A programme of works which use the material of film itself as a canvas. These visceral, vibrant films feature camera-less techniques such as scratching, painting and printing onto the filmstrip, subjecting film to decay and decomposition, and affixing materials such as letraset or insects to its surface. The remarkable visions created through these diverse approaches fill the frame with dynamic textures and colour, and many will be presented on 16mm and 35mm prints. Seen in the cinema, these works achieve a powerful effect, immersing us in strange and previously unseen worlds, and displaying the breadth and scope of abstract film.
The programme is curated by Edwin Rostron (Edge of Frame) and is part of the Edge of Frame Weekend, which also includes a public seminar addressing questions around the context for animation practice, and further screenings at Whitechapel Gallery. It is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Royal College of Art, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The event takes place during the Whitechapel’s William Kentridge exhibition, and is part of the London International Animation Festival.
- Linear Dreams – Richard Reeves (1997)
- Queen’s Quay – Stephen Broomer (2012)
- Landfill 16 – Jennifer Reeves (2011)
- Something Between Us – Jodie Mack (2015)
- Mothlight – Stan Brakhage (1963)
- Dresden Dynamo – Lis Rhodes (1971-72)
- Primal – Vicky Smith (2016)
- Sunset Strip – Kayla Parker (1996)
- Deep Red – Esther Urlus (2012)
- Get Set – Ian Helliwell (2005)
- Colour Poems – Margaret Tait (1974)
- Little Boy – Jordan Baseman (2014/16)