Browsing Category: film art

  • James Coleman, Untitled (2011-15)

    It surprises me that the artist filmed this himself. It looks like a degraded home movie, out of focus, a bit over exposed. But no, it’s an afternoon of fieldwork into a four second loop. Indeed, it is a loop within a circular loop. The carousel offers what Nietzsche might have recognised as an eternal return, …

    June 17, 2016
  • Želimir Žilnik, Black Film (1971)

    Some say, “From each according to their means to each according to their needs”. Some say, “Do as you would be done by”. But very few live up to either of those incontrovertible principles. And though I have witnessed several decent people buy sandwiches for homeless individuals in Brighton where I live, I have never …

    February 15, 2016
  • The Fervent Arts Company, Ictus (2015)

    As you may be aware, cinema therapy is a thing. For those with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety, a well-chosen movie is, some will argue, the perfect prescription. But if you suffer from epilepsy, watching Ictus could be the worst ten minutes you ever spend. No spoilers here, but it’s clear from the …

    January 11, 2016
  • Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights (2015)

    The greenest show in London right now is at Chisenhale, where Nicholas Mangan powers two films with solar panels on the gallery roof. In terms of power, it’s a closed circuit. But this isn’t so much concern for the environment. The Australian artist’s air miles might have scotched that. It’s about the economy of sunlight on this troubled planet …

    August 26, 2015
  • Yto Barrada, Faux départ (2015)

    Both artworks and fossils can be forged. That’s the alliance revealed in a new film by Barrada which takes an artistic look at the forgery of prehistoric life forms. The forgery takes place in eastern Morocco between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. This region was once the bed of a pre-Cambrian ocean, so …

    August 13, 2015
  • Johanna Billing, Pulheim Jam Session (2015)

    To be fair, all years have some groundbreaking music to recommend them. But 1975 was a good year for both jazz and urban planning in Germany. Who knew the two could go together? In Köln, Keith Jarrett played an improvised concert, the recording of which was to become the best-selling solo piano album of all …

    March 21, 2015
  • Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, The Unreliable Narrator (2014)

    Seeing this film, you’d want to allow a certain innocence to the terrorist gunmen who haunt our dreams here in the West. They too, it seems, are only doing their job. In found audio, we hear onesuch maniacal footsoldier entertain doubts before taking a pair of lives. We watch another confess that he was on the mission to raise …

    February 25, 2015
  • João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Glossolalia [Good Morning] (2014)

    “There’s a metaphor in there somewhere,” says Guardian critic Adrian Searle, as he contemplates this film. criticismism would like to pick up on those words: parrot fashion, naturally. But that is what Glossolalia makes me think of: art criticism, mimicry and even plagiarism. To look at reviews for this pair of Portuguese artists certain phrases do …

    February 12, 2015
  • Renzo Martens, Episode III (2009)

    Shot with minimal and remote means, Episode III is an uncinematic film in which the most stunning aspect of the production is the artist’s radical cynicism. Martens oscillates between western messiah and unsentimental doom-monger as he gives advice, hope and (it seems) no assistance to villagers and plantation workers in Congo. And yet his apparent cruelty …

    November 8, 2014
  • Omer Fast, Continuity (2012)

    It would be difficult to deliver a spoiler for Continuity. Omer Fast’s looping 40 minute film has no clear narrative arc and offers few clues about the mystery at its core. All we know is that the same middle-aged German couple pick up three different servicemen from a rural rail station, and take him home …

    November 5, 2014