Unconscious Archives #7

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Intertidal (Alex MacKenzie)Unconscious Archives #7
Tuesday 26th February, 19h
Apiary Studios, 458 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EG

Unconscious Archives returns with folly and foray into oceanographic plundering, cataclysmic foley and crowd sourced emotions. Alex MacKenzie (Canada) presents a special extended dual 16mm live film and sound work exquisitely capturing the marine environments of the Canadian coastline present and past using a veritable feast of techniques including hand cranked cameras and camerless film. Adam Bohman unleashes a creeping array of apprehensive noise from household items and made instruments. Erica Scourti brings us two video works capturing her unflinching desire to ascribe human attributes to media generated debris. UA is back at the Apiary! If you haven?t had a chance to check out this funky independent warehouse venue in East London - now here's your chance!

Alex MacKenzie, Canada
Alex MacKenzie is an experimental film artist working primarily with analog equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection, installation and projector performance. His work has screened at prestigious festivals including the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin.

- Intertidal (55min live projection performance)
Inspired both by the work and thought of 1940s marine scientist Ed Ricketts and the technical approach of french filmmaker Jean Painleve in the same era, Intertidal presents a submersive exploration of the tidal zones and marine life off the shores of Western Canada. Using both camera and non-camera approaches, this performance-based work presented on two analytic 16mm projectors speaks to the fragility of both the film medium and the marine environment explored. The scope and materiality of both emulsion and environment are explored using elements as wide ranging as photograms, alternative film chemistry, live manipulation, and the very movement of the tides themselves. At once personal, political, visual and ecological, the work gives equal weight to representation and abstraction. A project of process through exploration, Intertidal is a marine ecology for emulsion: teeming and tenuous, fleeting and alive.

Adam Bohman - London
Adam Bohman is one of the stalwarts of the British improv music scene, tirelessly reinventing aural intricacies from dismantled kitchen appliances and finding new applications for recently raided objects from the garden shed. A renowned character on the scene, filmmaker Peter Stickland couldn?t resist inviting him and his brother Jonathan to appear in the recent film sensation Berberian Sound Studios (also releasing Bohman Brothers on his label Peripheral Conserve). A founding member of Morphogenesis, an essential part of the Bohman Brothers and a staple of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Adam is a forcefield of absurd intent, gruesome deluge and unanticipated neurological perception. Recently he performed at the BBC Proms John Cage Centenary Celebration, Royal Albert Hall. Adam brings prepared strings, objects, text and voice to UA#7.
Adam Bohman - YouTube

Erica Scourti - London
Scourti works with video, drawing and text often placing herself or those around her into the frame, creating idiosyncratic works reflexive of the impression subversive and overt media messages have on our everyday lives. Her work addresses the mediation of personal and collective experience through language and technology in the net-worked regime of contemporary culture. She has screened internationally at museums like the Museo Reine Sofia, Kunstmuseum Bonn and Jeu de Paume Museum, as well as festivals such as the Recontres Internationales, interfilm Berlin, ZEBRA Film Festival, Antimatter, Impakt, MediaArt Friesland, 700IS as well as extensively in the UK, where she won Best Video at Radical Reels Film Competition; recent screenings include Video Salon Art Prize, Exeter Phoenix, Bureau Gallery, Tyneside Cinema and Sheffield Fringe Festival.

Two short video works by Erica Scourti, preceding her recently London premiered video and performance (END OF) LIFE IN ADWORDS.

- Woman Nature Alone (2010, 10 min)
Each of the videos in Woman Nature Alone record performances of titles and descriptions of stock video and photography that correspond to the words 'woman', 'nature' and 'alone', employing the text as if it was an instruction.
The individual videos, hosted as a playlist on the artist?s YouTube channel, create a second-order stock library for others to use. This version, for single channel screening, employs formal repetition to create a rough day to night narrative.

- Artists Fear (2012, 9 min)
Posters emblazoned with a range of artists? fears are held up by the artist?s friends, family, acquaintances and housemates as well as random passers-by in a variety of public and private locations in London. Despite the handwritten aesthetic and seemingly heartfelt opinions expressed, the texts are headlines collected from the internet which begin with the phrase ?artists fear? and utilise a digital version of the artists' handwriting as font.

Unconscious Archives is Sally Golding http://otherfilm.org/ & James Holcombe http://www.no-w-here.org.uk/

OtherFilm is Sally Golding, Joel Stern and Danni Zuvela. OtherFilm curate innovative moving-image and performance events and exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally.

no.w.here is James Holcombe, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. no.w.here is a not for profit artist run organization based in Tower Hamlets that combines film production alongside critical dialogue about contemporary image making.

UA's regular home is at the Apiary, Hackney Rd, London. Supported by Netaudio London.