BFI Film Festival Experimenta Programme Tumblr

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Check out the @bfi #LFF @Experimenta2015 Tumblr for background and context on works and artists in the programme

Experimenta 2015 is the artists’ moving image section of the BFI London Film Festival and is co-programmed with LUX. Curators of Experimenta are Benjamin Cook, William Fowler and Helen de Witt. 

Experimenta screens films by artists from around the world that use the moving image to change the way we think of film and how it functions. The programme is accompanied by talks involving the artists. This year’s selection presents an astounding range of work from delicate archive programmes of Super8 films from the 1970s to the vision of a future apocalypse. These artists work in a variety of formats and styles to investigate not only the subject but the very medium itself, whether digital or celluloid, to challenge the distinction between form and content and to inspire us to new interpretations of our world and its construction through images

This Experimenta 2015 blog is a project of LUX, edited by Herb Shellenberger. 

Tickets for Experimenta events can be booked through the BFI London Film Festival website

The Experimenta programme of the BFI London Film Festival 2015 is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for Arts


Last week to see 'Hercules Rough Cut', on until Sat 19th September

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'Hercules Rough Cut'
David Blandy
Bloomberg SPACE

10th July–19th September 2015
Mon-Sat 11:00-18:00

David Blandy’s installation ‘Hercules Rough Cut’ traces the development of the language of London as parallel to the history of shifting empires. Blandy’s exhibition in Bloomberg SPACE is the third in the 2015 series, ‘The Homecoming’, a programme of four projects by Adam Dant, Gayle Chong Kwan, David Blandy and Melanie Manchot that explore and respond to the history and architecture of the City of London.

Bloomberg SPACE
50 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1HD
Tel: +44 207330 7950

Guardian Guide Preview: Skye Sherwin, July 10 2015

a.n interview with Jack Hutchinson

Time Out London: This week's best new exhibitions

This is Tomorrow Review: Phoebe V. Bradford


Nearest Stations: Moorgate & Liverpool Street

Guardian Guide: this week's new exhibitions

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Guardian Guide: this week’s new exhibitions Friday 10 July 2015
David Blandy | Robert Therrien | Jenny Holzer | Hannah Collins | Henri-Gaudier Brzeska | Reality | Jennet Thomas

David Blandy, London
David Blandy appears to be casting off his mantle as the art world’s premiere disciple of geek pastimes. In the last decade, his love of manga, kung-fu movies, computer games and hip-hop has lead to pop-savvy work exploring global fandom and cultural colonialism, in which the skinny, bespectacled boy often cut a deliberately incongruous figure. His new video installation exploring London lingo sees him move far beyond the 21st century. Hercules: Rough Cut references the Greek myth, mutated and distorted by countless tellers over the centuries. His history of the city is related in a multitude of voices taken from across the ages: accompanying four screens on which fragmented images of London culture spin are accounts from the Romans, extracts from the writings of Thomas More, William Blake, 1950s beat poets and contemporary urban slang honouring the “mouse pushers” and “shift time shitters” of today’s office culture.

Bloomberg Space, EC2, to 19 Sep

Skye Sherwin, Fri 10 Jul 2015

Installation view of 'Hercules: Rough Cut', David Blandy, 2015  Photo credit: 'Dave Morgan Photography, 2015'

Installation view of 'Hercules: Rough Cut', David Blandy, 2015 
Photo credit: 'Dave Morgan Photography, 2015'

Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms; Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden

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Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms

A two day screening at Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Sweden
6 - 7 June 2015, 11am -  4pm

Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms is a weekend of artist film and video at Färgfabriken in Stockholm. The programme was initially shown in Duved in Jämtland under the title Turtle Salon in the Forest. Under a star spangled August sky eight hours of film and video was shown. The programme is a collaboration between the network Turtle Salon and the Artist Colony who were hosting Turtle Salon in the ForestTurtle Salon was started by Michael H Shamberg nearly a decade ago, just after he was diagnosed with  rare neurological disease. A few months after Turtle Salon in the Forest Michael H Shamberg passed away and we have decided to show the programme again as a hommage to Michael and as a promise for the network to live on.
Turtle Salon in the Project Rooms is presenting an opportunity to see pieces chosen by the artists themselves, and artists at different stages in their careers and with different approaches to the moving image are presented. A warm welcome!

Works by Lawrence Weiner (US), Ori Gersht (ISR), Kjartan Slettemark & Hans Esselius (SE), Rod Dickinson (UK), Mikhail Karikis (GR), Rirkrit Tiravanija (AR), DoddaMaggý (IS), Michael Curran (UK), Sofia Dahlgren (SE), David Blandy (UK), Elín Hansdóttir (IS), Larry Achiampong (UK), Jem Cohen (US), Marlene Haring (AT), Michael H Shamberg (US), Elisabeth S Clark and Luke Aaron Clark (UK), Ruben Montini (IT), Alexander Pohnert (D), Bjørn Venø (NO), Ned Richardson (US), Francesco Fonassi (IT), Anthony Auerbach (UK), Meg Mosley (UK), Biters (Larry Achiampong & David Blandy) (UK), Nick Cash (UK), nüans (D,TR,JP), Sarah Miles (UK), Stephen Dorian Kutos (US), Sunee H Markosov (KR), Angelica Bergamini (IT), Anna Faroqhi and Haim Peretz (D), Daniel Devlin (UK), Eiji Suzue (JP), Joana Roberto (PT), Joshua Frankel (D), Katia Roessel (D), Martin Hardouin Duparc (FR), MJWB and the NOLA ARTICHOKE BAND (US), Ila Wingen (D), Linda Petersson (SE), Malin Ståhl (SE), Emma Wieslander (SE), Sara Bjarland (FI), Gerbrand Burger (NL) and Rebecca Mir Grady (US).

Daata Editions now live online

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You can now go online to browse the first release of artists video, sound and web works for Daata Editions Season One.

Season One artists: Ilit Azoulay, Helen Benigson, David Blandy, Matt Copson, Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Daniel Keller & Martti Kalliala, Lina Lapelyte, Rachel Maclean, Florian Meisenberg, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Jon Rafman, Charles Richardson, Amalia Ulman, Stephen Vitiello, and Chloe Wise.

Daata Editions

Only 48 hours until Drawing Biennial 2015 Auction closes

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Only 48 hours until 
Drawing Biennial 2015 Auction closes

"This is our seventh Drawing Biennial and we are proud that over the years it has evolved from a fundraiser into one of the most significant exhibitions in our programme. The Drawing Biennial exhibitions continue to bring together an amazing line up of artists, representing a myriad of ideas and approaches to drawing from around the world today. We recognise that artists are asked, increasingly, to support and donate to galleries, and we are indebted to all the artists who have so readily agreed to be in the exhibition and support us by generously donating their works. The Drawing Biennial is our core funding and without their generosity over the last 14 years our programme would not have been possible. We owe it to the artists to ensure that their works go to a good home. By bidding in our online auction you are helping us achieve that goal, while supporting artists’ reputations and raising funds to continue our support of artists’ contemporary drawing practice."  Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane, Drawing Room Co-directors.


Browse highlights and top picks here 

Drawing Biennial 2015 exhibition is open tomorrow 11am - 6pm and Thursday 11am - 9pm, directions here

Biters & Finding Fanon @ Open Source Festival, Sat 2-Sun 3rd May

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'Biters', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy will be performing at the following times

Saturday 2 May, 14.00, 20.00 and Sunday 3 May, 18:00

'Finding Fanon', a new film will be screened on Sunday 3 May, 21.00

Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ

Still from 'Finding Fanon', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015

Still from 'Finding Fanon', Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, 2015

OPEN SOURCE is a contemporary arts festival. OPEN SOURCE specialises in time-based media and live events. OPEN SOURCE is a platform for young artists and curators. OPEN SOURCE believes in cross-pollination. OPEN SOURCE is public. OPEN SOURCE believes in free access to culture. OPEN SOURCE is not-for-profit. 

OPEN SOURCE is curated by Emily Butler, Gareth Bell-Jones, Anna Gritz, Attilia Fattori Franchini, Amy Sherlock, Chris Rawcliffe, Marie d’Elbée and Morgan Quaintance.

Open Source presents works by Larry Achiampong, Majed Aslam, Anna Barham, Behind the X, David Blandy, Eloise Bonneviot, Tereza Buskova, Ben Cain, Lucy Clout, Simon Davenport, Marie d’Elb.e, Gery Georgieva, Emilie Gervais, Patrick Goddard, Mary Hurrell, Alice Khalilova, Leslie Kulesh, Hannah Lees, Lawrence Lek, Louisa Martin, Jimmy Merris, Shana Moulton, Berry Patten, Pallavi Paul, Heather Phillipson, Pro Numb, Morgan Quaintance, Shirin Sabahi, Erica Scourti, Alice Theobald, Alden Volney and Lucy Woodhouse.

Open Source will also present Frieze Video, showcasing film essays, interviews and studio visits with artists.

2–3 May 2015
Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ

Open Source Festival 2015 Kickstarter Campaign

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Open Source is a contemporary arts festival taking place in Dalston, London, on 2-3 May 2015. It will take place both outside in Gillett Square, and inside the warehouse/venue Dalston Pond

Open Source will showcase time-based media and live events which sample, re-use, and divert mainstream  and web cultures, highlighting art production as a collaborative process. 

The event will be public and free. It involves eight curators and twenty-one young artists. It will present films, live performances and installations using the codes and display of entertainment.

Open Source is curated by Emily ButlerGareth Bell-Jones, Anna GritzAttilia Fattori FranchiniAmy SherlockChris Rawcliffe, Marie d’Elbée and Morgan Quaintance.

The artists involved include Heather Philipson, Shirin Sabahi, Alice Khalilova, Louisa Martin, Alden Volney, Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, Lawrence LekLeslie Kulesh , Berry Patten, Simon Davenport, Emilie Gervais, Pro Numb, Patrick Goddard, Anna Barham, Chris Rawcliffe, Erica Scourti.

Frieze Videos, showcasing studio visits with artists, film essays and interviews, will be projected during the event. 

Open Source's website will host digital commissions, texts and podcasts, as well as event information.

Open Source supports Paying Artists.

Open Source 

'Media Minerals': A spoken-word and sound lecture by Biters (Larry Achiampong and David Blandy) with notes by Zasha Colah.

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'Media Minerals': A spoken-word and sound lecture by Biters (Larry Achiampong and David Blandy) with notes by Zasha Colah.

27th February 2015: 7:30pm, Venue: ICI Berlin, Germany

As part of the symposium 'WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014', 26-28th February 2015, which commemorates 130 years of the Berlin Conference and proposes a space for deliberation on the repercussions of this crucial event, offering an occasion to analyse the ideological, economic, political, and humanitarian justifications that underlay colonialism and still frame the asymmetric relations between the West and the non-West today.

The symposium accompanies the exhibition WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 at SAVVY Contemporary.

Curated by Bonaventure Ndikung with Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger and Saskia Köbschall.


Entrance is free of charge. For safety reasons, venue doors will be closed when capacity limits are reached. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Der Eintritt ist frei. Wenn es keine Plätze mehr gibt, muss der Einlass aus Sicherheitsgründen gestoppt werden. Wir bitten um Verständnis.

Biters: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy @ Phoenix Gallery, Exeter

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Exeter Phoenix: Preview Night performance: Thurs 22 Jan, 7.30pm, free

Biters: David Blandy & Larry Achiampong
Building on solo projects that explore both artists’ interests in popular culture and the post-colonial position, Biters presents new collages that combine lyrics and sounds that draw from each artist’s identity and musical heritage, while posing the question, what does Authenticity mean in the information age? David Blandy and Larry Achiampong will (re)perform live in an evening of sampled samples, regurgitated rhymes and deconstructed soul. Find out more HERE