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NEW : London Multi Media Photography Festival to launch in London

Hackney Flowers ©Stephen Gill
Hackney Flowers Stephen Gill

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Mishka Henner David Oates

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Steve Ryan Dalston Dining - Dumplings at Shanghai
Steve Ryan Dalston Dining Dumplings at Shanghai

The first Night Contact Festival will take place in Dalston, London, on the evening of 27th September 2013 from dusk until midnight. Established to display innovative photographic works engaging with other media, projections will be screened across indoor and outdoor spaces in this free festival.

Three artist collaborations have been awarded £1000 to create new site-specific work for a three-screen projection in Gillett Square, the centrepiece of the festival. Maja Daniels and Anne Hovad Fisher will produce an experimental film centring on questions of identity and duality, borne out of Daniel’s photographic series of Monette and Mady, two identical twins from Paris. Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstoft and Charlie Doran’s work Dalston Dining will be a colourful, atmospheric work shot in five restaurants in the Dalston area. Forecasting by Mariah Skellorn and Laura Copsey is a parable set in an unknown time in the future where hybrid part-human, part animal skeletons have evolved.

The work in the festival is curated from a combination of invited artists and open submissions to create
an engaging and inspiring programme. Artists invited to participate include Clare Strand, Augustin Rebetez, Mishka Henner, Rrrrrrroll, Penelope Umbrico and Stephen Gill. Artists were also asked to submit work through the creative network Ideas Tap and 18 artists from the open submissions have been selected for the festival.

Gillett Square will also be home to a cocktail bar and street food stalls with music playing from 6pm until sunset when the projections will begin. Beyond the main square the festival will break out into a trail of satellite venues, taking over the streets of Dalston across outdoor spaces, bars and music venues, each showing a programmed screening. The festival after party will take place at Vortex upstairs until 2am.

Anna Stevens, Contact Editions and Night Contact festival Co-Founder says,

“As the technology of cameras and other hardware and software advances, multimedia photographic pieces are emerging as works that blur the lines between these forms of creative expression. We have established Night Contact because at present there is no one event or space which encourages a high quality showcase of work of this nature, with photography at its core.”

The commissions were selected by Charlotte Cotton, Curator; Katrina Sluis, Digital Curator at the Photographers Gallery in London; Edmund Clark, Photographer; and Melanie Manchot, artist. Judges for these open submissions included Aaron Schuman, Photographer and Curator; Carmen Salas, Founder and Director, Alpha-ville;?Celia Davies, Acting Director, Photoworks; Ravi Amaratunga, Commissioning Editor at Dazed & Confused.

The participating venues beyond Gillett Square are The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston Boys Club, Bird Café and Servant’s Jazz Quarters.

Night Contact is produced by Contact Editions with the support of the Arts Council England.

At the heart of the festival, work shown in Gillett Square will be projected across our purpose built setup of three large outdoor screens. Work to be shown at this venue by the following artists:
Rrrrrrrroll/ Christian Patterson/ Luke Norman and Nik Adam/ Penelope Umbrico/ Mariah Skellorn, Laura Copsey & Michael Cranny/ Maja Daniels & Anne Hovad Fisher/ Steve Ryan, Pablo Jargstoft & Charlie Doran/ Mark Lewis/ Stephen Gill/ Lorenzo Vitturi/ Augustin Rebetez/ David Oates & Mishka Henner/Clare Strand/Jason Dee

Dalston Boy’s Club, our cinema space, showing works programmed into short sections by theme. A mix of documentary and multimedia shorts, features and artist films by:
Claudia Leisinger/ Maija Tammi/ Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper/ Pavel Prokopchik/Simon Chang/ Robert Knoth & Antoinette de Jong/ Paradox/ Maria Gruzdeva/ TTY/ Piotr Sulkowski/ Alec Soth/ Margot Hill/ Esther Teichmann/ Rick Pushinsky/ Emma Charles/ Tess Hurrell/ Ricardo Cases/ Jake Price/ Alice Myers/ MJR Collective/ Balaji Maheshwa

Downstairs at Dalston Boy’s Club:
Video installation by Wendy McMurdo

Projected onto the window of Bird Cafe, watch this programme of film and photography from inside the cafe or out on the street: Rebecca Scheinberg/ Zach Dougherty/ Arnau Oriol/ Sophie Wright/ James Marren/ Benjamin Thomas/ Konstancja Nowina Konopka/ Inka and Niclas/ Dina Kelburman/ Emma McGarry/ Robert Flynn

Servant’s Jazz Quarters – Video installation with works by: Joy Stacey/ Suzanne Ludwig


support photography at all levels; providing opportunities for those already producing work to self-fund through the sale of editioned prints, and to show that work in exciting new spaces, while also offering a hand up to those embarking on their first personal projects, through informal crits, online advice and competitions.




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