Filmarmalade Presents - Anomie, Ontology and the Slow Death of Authenticity
A BFI Shop Event
Sunday December 2nd, 16:30h
BFI Blue Room
Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT
For the fourth year running Filmarmalade teams up with the BFI Shop to celebrate their 2012 artists' film and video DVD launch of Let Me Feel Your Finger First's 'Ontologically Anxious Organism', James Lowne's 'Our Relationships Will Become Radiant' and the world premier screening of Maia Conran's 'Term'.
The evening will also include a public discussion with the artists and founder of Filmarmalade, Gordon Shrigley.
Filmarmalade is a publishing and DVD label project specialising in contemporary artists' film and video works, supported by IMT Gallery, London.
Films in the programme:
Maia Conran's split screen work Term, mirrors a series of still and tracking video shots of the interior spaces of a disused school with its animated monochrome copy, that mimicks scene for scene the original video footage. Throughout the work Conran invites us to consider what is more real, the video of the school or its animated reconstruction, leading to a progressive condensation of reality, as the animated version slowly invades the authentic space of the video.
Let Me Feel Your Finger First's Ontologically Anxious Organism, narrates the experience of an animated character, who, nervous about the very concept of character itself, disquises himself as a boulder. The three episodes follow the boulders progress through a series of reconstituted cartoon scenes whilst he grapples with existence, meets his maker and finally slips outside of the space of the picture plane to seek the ultimate reference.
James Lowne's Our Relationships will become Radiant, invites us to experience a digital dream, a suffocating demonic landscape where a horse runs without moving, a man vomits black bile, a plate of food oozes with it own sense of purpose, whilst a godlike visage hovers beneficently in the sky. Such uncanny occurence allow Lowne to map out a space of oblique anomie, a world were ephemeral gestures attain meaning only by being endlessly repeated.