Browsing Category: film

  • 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
  • Cathedrals of Culture (2014)

    Of course, buildings cannot have souls. We are cannot even install them in computers. But a new 3D film by six directors, which began life as a TV series, sets out to demonstrate the improbable. You have to admit these are personable buildings. The roving cameras are accompanied by first person voiceovers which bring us into the …

    January 2, 2015
  • Agnes Meyer-Brandis, The Moon Goose Analogue: Lunar Bird Migration (2011)

    The ideal place to relate this piece of art might be in a pub. You could try a dinner party, but you may not get the requisite howls of disbelief. “There’s this German artist, see, who wants to fly to the moon. No she’s not in a space training programme. She’s going to let herself …

    January 5, 2012
  • Marcus Coates, The Trip (2011)

    Towards the end of this 35 minute film, a horrible thought occurred to me. Maybe Marcus Coates is making the whole thing up and playing an unethical trick on a terminally ill man. In voiceover, with a view from a hospice room, he describes a trip up the Amazon in vivid detail. It is lush, …

    March 3, 2011
  • Liverpool Biennial/Manchester Weekender

    Two long-ish previews written this week for Culture24 and I’m looking forward to both: Preview: Liverpool Biennial 2010 Preview: Manchester Weekender 2010

    August 27, 2010
  • Ignacio Uriarte, The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow (2009)

    Skill and accomplishment are at the forefront of this unusual work. But instead of technique with a brush or a chisel, we are treated to the novel and maybe useless vocal imitation of 32 typewriters. This is representational art of the highest order. Each sequence of hammer strikes does sound, it must be said, just …

    July 25, 2010
  • Artist's Statement: Oliver Beer on Deep and Meaningful

    Here’s the first of a series of new features in which artists talk about their own work. This is what Oliver Beer had to say about his film Deep and Meaningful: “For some time I had been quite fascinated by the structure of hidden architectural spaces, but also I read about these urban explorers. They …

    July 24, 2010
  • Oliver Beer, Deep and Meaningful (2009)

    Three locations are evoked by the film Deep and Meaningful by Oliver Beer: the sewer in which the original choral performance was filmed; the type of church where you might expect to hear such a thing; and the gallery environment in which it might end up. The correspondence between church and art gallery is self-evident. …

    July 12, 2010
  • Review: Mark Leckey and Martin McGeown – The Life and Times of Milton Keynes Gallery

    Exhibition: Mark Leckey and Martin McGeown: Life and Times of Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, until June 27 2010 900 Midsummer Boulevard does not sound like an address for a provincial English gallery. But then again, Milton Keynes is not just any other provincial English town. Conceived as a utopia, it is …

    June 2, 2010
  • House Festival 2010 offers city-wide gallery in Brighton and Hove

    Cities without an established home for contemporary art might well look with interest at a solution found by artists in Brighton and Hove this May. House Festival 2010 is a temporary gallery with nine rooms spread around the twin coastal resorts, in venues as diverse as a Regency townhouse, a day centre and a garden …

    April 30, 2010