Film London has just announced the line up of 10 UK-based contemporary moving image artists comprising John Akomfrah, Sebastian Buerkner, Laura Buckley, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Steven Claydon, Redmond Entwistle, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Ursula Mayer, Rachel Reupke and Stephen Sutcliffe, as the shortlisted artists for the prestigious Film London Jarman Award’s seventh year.
Following in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010), Anya Kirschner & David Panos (2011), James Richards (2012) and John Smith (2013) the Film London Jarman Award winner will be announced at a special event on 8th December at the Whitechapel Gallery, receiving combined prize money of £10,000 and a film commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts.
Three further artists will also be selected for Random Acts commissions, worth £4000 each. This is the only Award of its kind where an artist is rewarded with both financial assistance to enable them to flourish and the opportunity to produce a new piece of work.
Nominated by experts across the UK contemporary film and arts sectors, the shortlist presents the work of 10 artists who use moving image in a range of diverse and uncompromising ways. It offers a comprehensive survey of the work and practice of UK based moving image artists, and celebrates the rich and eclectic array of work emerging in recent years.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said:
“The Jarman Award shortlist is yet again showcasing some of the UK’s most interesting artists working with the moving image. We very much look forward to presenting their work through our national tour, which this year is bigger than ever. The Jarman Award is central to our support of artist filmmakers – a sector which continues to surprise, innovate and break new ground. I am proud of the support FLAMIN provides to these artists, which is only made possible by the investment and vision of our funders Arts Council England.”
The 2014 Jury who will select this year’s winner are: FLAMIN (Chair), Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, John Hay, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4, Steven Cairns, Associate Curator of Artists’ Film & Moving Image, ICA, Beatrice Gibson, artist & filmmaker, and John Maybury, filmmaker.
Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with moving image and whose work resists conventional definition, encompassing innovation and excellence. The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde filmmaker Derek Jarman, one of the most esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th Century.
A UK touring programme showcasing works by the 10 shortlisted artists will take place from 23 September to 7 December at venues across the UK, including FACT, Liverpool (Tuesday 23 September), Towner, Eastbourne (11 October – 2 November), Chapter, Cardiff (October, date TBC), CCA, Glasgow (16 October), Watershed, Bristol (date TBC), Nottingham Contemporary (date TBC), Cornerhouse, Manchester (date TBC) and CIRCA Projects, The Northern Charter, Newcastle (27 November). The tour will culminate in a special weekend of screenings, Q&As and performances at Whitechapel Gallery across Sat 6 & Sun 7 December. Full details of the touring programme, including further dates, will be announced shortly.
This year also sees a special exhibition of the work of John Smith, the 2013 Jarman Award winner at The Gallery (26th November – 7th December), Tyneside Cinema’s new space dedicated to artists’ moving image work in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The exhibition is curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi, Tyneside Cinema, and FLAMIN (Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network).
About The Artists
John Akomfrah is a filmmaker and artist. His work has inhabited the worlds of cinema, broadcast ????and the gallery. His practice has won critical acclaim worldwide winning over 30 awards for features and art installations. A founding member of Black Audio Film Collective (1984), a seminal British filmmaking collective, he continued his practice as Smoking Dogs Films with Lina Gopaul and David Lawson, former members of the Collective and his works continue to contribute to the creative forms of filmmaking. For over twenty years his works have exhibited worldwide including Documenta, MOMA, House Of World Cultures and the Smithsonian. His feature films have premiered at many major film festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, Venice, FESPACO and Mumbai, whilst his broadcast films have screened internationally including PBS, BBC, France 3 and ZDF. His most recent solo show Hauntologies, included Peripeteia, reimagining 15th century black- life, Call of Mist Redux and Psyche on memory and loss. John’s recent gallery work, The Unfinished Conversation exhibited at Tate Britain, Liverpool, Sharjah, and Taipei Biennales and will tour internationally. He is currently working with the River Tamar Project producing a film to exhibit in October and is also making a major work for exhibition in 2015.
Laura Buckley works expansively with moving image, kinetic movement, sound, light, sculpture and digital print. Working with scanned imagery, her scans feed back into her projected videos which when combined with footage from her everyday life create highly abstracted environments of extramundane experience. Born in Galway, Ireland. Buckley currently lives and works in London. Recent solo projects include Re-discovery 1 at Autocenter, Berlin, The Magic Know-How at Site Gallery, Sheffield, Fata Morgana at Cell Project Space, London, and Shields at the Zabludowicz Collection, Sarvisalo, Finland. Her films have featured in screenings for MJ Gallery, Geneva, Bold Tendencies, London, and the Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award.
Sebastian Buerkner (born in Berlin, Germany) lives and works in London. He completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002 and was awarded their Fellowship Residency 2003. From 2004 his art practice has shifted exclusively to animation. Recent solo shows include Kunsthaus im KunstkulturQuartier Nuremberg, Germany; Tramway, Glasgow; Sketch, London; The Showroom Gallery, London; Whitechapel Project Space; London and LUX at Lounge Gallery, London; Art on the Underground, Screen at Canary Wharf, London. He has also participated in group shows and screenings at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, London; Tate Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, London and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. His film Purple Grey (2006) was broadcast as part of AnimateTV on Channel 4. This year he won the Tiger Award for his latest film The Chimera of M. at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation, and video. In both her live performances and videos, she harnesses elements of street spectacle and folk drama, ancient ritual and pop culture. Featuring handmade costumes and props, her spontaneous performances often involve fluid troupes of friends and relatives. Chetwynd read Social Anthropology before studying art at the Slade and the RCA. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012 (for Odd Man Out at Sadie Coles, restaged at Tate Britain in 2012-13). Other recent performances (several of them the basis for video works) include The Green Room, Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Home Made Tasers, New Museum, New York (2011-12); and A Tax Haven Run By Women, Frieze Projects, London (2010). Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008) was included in the 2009 Tate Triennial, Altermodern, and is now in the Tate Collection. In early 2014, she had a major exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. This October, her feature-length film Hermitos Children 2 will be premiered at Studio Voltaire, London. Other forthcoming projects include those at CCA Glasgow and CRICOTEKA Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Poland (both 2014).
Steven Claydon works in video, sculpture and performance. His art is underscored by a sustained focus on concepts of the artefact, the object, or the ‘thing’. Often it works to highlight the ambivalent status of artefacts in human society and the uncertain transmission of knowledge between cultures and epochs. Both formal and narrative, his videos aggregate found and original footage, utilising analogue and digital formats. Through cross-processing they produce intricate visual and sonic tapestries. Agglomerative in their processes and forms, his installations problematise the mechanisms of display and received wisdoms that govern our ideas of spectacle.
Claydon studied at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins, London. He has exhibited internationally, with major exhibitions including Culpable Earth at firstsite, Colchester (2012); Mon Plaisir…Votre Travail.., La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2011); Goldene Zeiten / Golden Times, Haus der Hunst, Munich, Germany (2010); The Ancient Set and The Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London. Performances include An Equivalence Propelled, Royal William Dockyard, Plymouth (2011); Bestiary, Cavallerizza Reale, Turin (2009); Ancient Set and Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London, (2008). In 2007 he curated the exhibition Strange Events Permit Themselves The Luxury of Occurring at Camden Arts Centre.
Redmond Entwistle’s films strive to think recent history, its places and social issues through a radical documentary approach; replaying, rebuilding, reproducing materials into an abstract and archetypal reality. The works employ both documentary and fictive modes of film-making, investigating histories of social and aesthetic displacement. Essayistic in the most experimental sense of the word, the works are critical explorations of the relation between abstract cultural capital and historical, material site. His last film Walk-Through was the focus of solo exhibitions at Cubitt Gallery, Tramway Gallery and International Project Space in 2012. His previous film Monuments premiered in Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tigers Shorts Competition in 2010, and his medium length film and sound work Paterson – Lodz won Best International Film at Images Festival in 2008. In 2013, spotlights on his work were presented at Hors Pistes (Centre Pompidou) and BAFICI (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival), and included in the survey of UK artists film Assembly at Tate Britain. An exhibition of his films will be presented at MIT List Visual Arts Center in January 2015.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met as students at Goldsmiths in the mid-nineties and have worked together ever since. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary art, such as File under Sacred Music, their re-creation of an infamous bootleg video tape showing The Cramps playing at Napa State Mental Institute, California in 1978. The artists painstakingly re-staged this with an audience of mental health patients in order to re-shoot each pan, zoom and jitter of the original recording. Music plays a prominent role in their practice, which includes several notable collaborations – an ambisonic installation with Scott Walker at Sydney Opera House, a film with Gil Scott-Heron and subliminal sound experiments with Jason Pierce (Spiritualized). Their first major public solo show was presented at South London Gallery in 2011. Their work is collected by museums and institutions worldwide, including the Tate Gallery. Their first feature film, 20,000 Days on Earth, was made with and about the musician Nick Cave. The film, supported by Film 4 and the BFI, won awards for directing and editing at Sundance Film Festival. It will be released worldwide on 19th September.
Ursula Mayer’s practice is grounded in the semiotics of cinema. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and visual art. These references cross multiple periods, locations and figures. Mayer uses the grammar of cinematography and montage to excavate how spatial composition, human choreography and narrative construction inform each other. Mayer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MA at Goldsmiths College in 2005. Her films have been presented at international film festivals including Locarno, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. She has exhibited in art festivals and institutions such as Moderna Musset, Malmö; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; 21er Haus, Vienna; Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tramway, Glasgow; Performa 11, New York; 11th Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius; 2nd Athens Biennale; The Banff Centre, Banff; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; Lentos Museum, Linz; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf; Swiss Institute, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MoMA PS1, New York; and Kunsthalle Basel.
Rachel Reupke makes stylised and awkward videos about common place activities such as drinking, dating and domestic arrangements. The idea of worry is central to the work, as are the problems of communication. She is currently researching the agency and affect of the complaint letter. Recent shows and screenings include Art Post-Internet at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Some Gag Pieces at Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013 at Tate Britain and Getting In at South London Gallery. She was awarded a FLAMIN Productions award from Film London in 2011 and the resulting film, Wine & Spirits, was shown at Cell Project Space in London last year. She recently completed a new performance commission for this year’s Whitstable Biennale and is currently on a residency at Wysing Art Centre as part of the Futurecamp events programme.
Glasgow based artist Stephen Sutcliffe creates film collages from an extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings he has been collecting since childhood. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority. Through an extensive editing process, Sutcliffe’s works pitch sound against image to subvert predominant narratives, generating alternative readings through the juxtaposition and synchronization of visual and aural material. Recent solo exhibitions include Outwork and Workings out, Tramway, Glasgow (2013) and Runaway, Success, Stills, Edinburgh. Group exhibitions include Assembly, Tate Britain, London; If Not Always Permanently, Memorably, Spike Island, Bristol and Outrageous Fortune, Hayward Gallery London /Focal Point Southend. Sutcliffe screened his films extensively in film festivals including Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2012, he won the Margaret Tait Award.
Further information about the award can be found here: www.filmlondon.org.uk/jarmanaward