As part of the second edition of Publiek Park, Art Cinema OFFoff invites the British artist and filmmaker Guy Sherwin.
We are covering the historic bandstand in Antwerp’s Koning Albertpark with four screens for an open-air film programme that resonates with the landscape of the public park. Especially for this occasion, Guy Sherwin reworked his long-running series of Animal Studies (1998 — ) and his rarely screened landscape film Connemara (1980) for four screens, never before presented in this form. On top of that, he will bring his iconic 16mm film performance Paper Landscape (1975). The soundscape of Connemara will be accompanied by a live composition by Philip Masure (guitar) and Aongus McGalligan (whistle, bodhrán, uilleann pipes). The octagonal bandstand was built in 1877 after a design by the city architect Pieter Dens in his Neo-Renaissance-influenced, eclectic style and features excellent acoustics.
A key figure in British avant-garde cinema for already more than five decades, Guy Sherwin (1948) pushes the limits of cinema with his films, installation works and performances in which he explores film’s fundamental properties: light and time. After studying painting at the Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960’s, he became one of the driving forces of the London Film-Makers’ Co-op (now LUX). Since 2005, Sherwin often works together with his partner, film and sound artist Lynn Loo.
Publiek Park is a nomadic contemporary art project which takes public city parks and gardens as its exhibition grounds. At the first edition in 2021, Art Cinema OFFoff curated an open-air 16mm film programme in the Citadelpark in Ghent. This year, Publiek Park takes place from September 15 to October 1 in Antwerp, inhabiting the urban green area of Harmoniepark, Koning Albertpark and the garden of the Provinciehuis.
- 19:45 — 20:30 Animal Studies
- 20:40 — 20:50 Paper Landscape
- 21:00 — 21:30 Connemara