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As part of their inaugural festival, pic.london presents a two-day film programme exploring the relationship between still and moving images. Beginning with film’s infancy at the end of the 19th Century – through the 1960s avant-garde – this programme investigates the ways in which artists and theorists have engaged the moving image to develop, challenge and critique photographic language.

pic.london is a non-for-profit public festival that is initiated, led and run by artists and photographers, launching its first edition in October 2017. It aspires to support emerging artists and engage the public in thinking about photography, through exhibitions, film screenings, talks, immersive installations, an art flea market and social gatherings.

Programme 1: The Unveiled

The invention of photography unveiled the dream of fixing time and memory. The cinema offered a new experience to viewers but also opened up new ways for image-makers to interrogate the medium of photography through experimentation. read more

  • Sortie d'Usine Lumière à Lyon, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Repas de Bébé, Lumière Brothers, 1896, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Démolition d'un Mur, Lumière Brothers, 1896, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Le Jardinier et le Petit Espiègle, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Arrivée des Congressistes à Neuville-sur-Saone, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Arrivée d'un Train en Gare à la Ciotat, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Partie d’écarté, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Barque Sortant du Port, Lumière Brothers, 1895, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Départ de Jérusalem en chemin de fer, Lumière Brothers, 1897, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Niagara, les chutes, Lumière Brothers, 1897, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • As Seen Through a Telescope, George Albert Smith, 1900, 1 min, B/W, Digital
  • Room (Double Take), Peter Gidal, 1967, 10 min, Colour, 16mm
  • (nostalgia), Hollis Frampton, 1971, 36 min, Colour, 16mm

Programme 2: Abstraction vs Representation

What one sees in an image does not necessarily represent the truth of the subject shown. Photography and film inherently create a tension between representation and abstraction, expertly highlighted by Iimura and Ito. read more

  • Talking Picture (The Structure of film Viewing), Takahiko Iimura, 1981-2009, 15 min, Colour, 16mm
  • A Chair, Takahiko limura, 1970, 5 min, B/W, Digital
  • Blinking, Takahiko limura, 1970, 2 min, B/W, Digital
  • Spacy, Takashi Ito, 1981, 10 min, Colour, 16mm

Programme 3: Between the Gaze

Cinema takes photography's fetishistic characteristics and expands the voyeuristic nature of the medium. The resulting objectification is examined through Leth and Farocki's works, but the gaze itself is also the subject of the lens. read more

  • An Image, Harun Farocki, 1983, 25 min, Colour, Digital
  • The Perfect Human, Jørgen Leth, 1967, 13 min, B/W, Digital

Programme 4: Memory, Politics and Power

The politics and the power of the image are revealed through Godard's deconstruction of a photograph and Marker's construction of a film. read more

  • Letter to Jane, Jean-Luc Godard, 1972, 52 min, B/W, Digital
  • La Jetée, Chris Marker, 1962, 28 min, B/W, Digital

Programme 5: Untold Stories

Two films which bring to life the artists searching for the meaning between frames. read more

  • Si J'avais 4 Dromadaires, Chris Marker, 1966, 49 min, B/W, Digital
  • Double-Blind (No sex last Night), Sophie Calle & Gregory Shephard, 1992, 76 min, Colour, Digital

More info: piclondon.org



Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, October 29, 2017 (All day)


  • 97 Sclater Street
    E1 6HR   London, London
    United Kingdom
    Phone: +44 (0) 20 3784 7975
    51° 31' 24.8268" N, 0° 4' 25.0824" W