ToastWillHost, Federation House, Manchester, 10-12 April 2015, 6-9pm Friday for performances, exhibition continues 12-6pm Sat-Sun. Tour by Dave Griffiths, Sunday 3pm.
FILM MATERIAL presents performance and screenings to mark the ending of artistic labour at Federation House. We co-operatively respond to Co-operative’s NOMA land-bank, bought and sold since 1843. A critical rehearsal of ideas about land, time, precarity and work.
Kelvin Brown’s cassette archive Johannesburg Tapes captures stories about South African music, exploring the fractured histories of the city. Clara Casian shows her cut-up documentary Corridor2, about the 1970s Manchester radical publisher Savoy Books. Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan’s Off the Trail, filmed in the former military defences and rural Beat hangout of San Francisco. Ahmed & Carpenter’s Observing (the Work of Amateurs) documents their amateur academic labour in writing a conference paper. Chris Paul Daniels glimpses lives of residents and workers from Birmingham’s Digbeth and Bordesley communities, in his recent film You are Here. In Desert Sites, Joe Duffy shows Super 8 shot at the Star Wars Saharan film sets. Using multiple 35mm projectors to perform Society for Visual Education, Dave Griffiths depicts globalised labour through an archive of geography filmstrips, and Sam Meech creates Knit RGB Disco using a Brother knitting machine. Plus Black Fever-Flitters, a live video smokescreen & audio improv by James Snazell.
FMS at VideoFAG, Augusta Ave, Toronto, 16 December 2014, 7.30pm
Curated by Mary Stark: “Film Material Soup presents a diverse range of approaches to artist film: studio tests with sculptural forms; projected light and shadow; repetitive actions performed for the camera; photochemical sonic processes; rhythmic interrogation of the filmstrip and the video codec; romantic technological obsolescence; animated microfilm; far flung manmade habitats; flickering urban wilds; data traced through peripheral landscapes.”
Videofag is a storefront cinema and performance lab in Toronto’s Kensington market dedicated to the creation and exhibition of video, film, new media, and live art.
Rogue Studios, 19 November 2014, 5-9pm
Another seasonal show-and-tell, of international photographic adventures. Ahead of his CFCCA show, Chris Paul Daniels test-screened his latest twin-screen video, A Tiger’s Skin. Shot during his journey with Transnational Dialogues Chinese Caravan 2014, to Hong Kong and five Chinese cities, Chris’ film is a contemporary echo of Chung Kuo, Cina. Revisiting similar locations to Antonioni’s 1972 feature, and reframing aspects of China’s economic, cultural and recreational daily life, Chris’s work highlights how documentary assumes authenticity, and the how the filmmaker struggles to speak about otherness. It’s also a subtle study of the photographic as a regime possibly more powerful than nation-states and broader geopolitical structures.
In another Asian project, Dave Griffiths reported on his and Joe Duffy’s field trip to Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city in 2013, and his recently completed commission for Full Circle Arts. The plain our bed the stars our blanket is a Google API hack, hosting Dave’s dense, navigable photo-collages of various locations in a depopulated mining mega-city of Inner Mongolia. Featuring pit heads, power stations, migrant workers, leisure zones and failing real-estate projects, his microfiche and online work documents a brief extinction event, the GDP-driven life and death of Xanadu.
Jo Byrne presented her poetic, acutely observed stills photographed during a visit to the redundant Coney Island resort of lower Brooklyn. In her depictions of the uncanny, of broken freakshow attractions and seaside surrealism, we were again reminded of photography’s potential for weird anthropology within the fractured remains.
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 16 October & Laban Centre, London, 6 November 2014, 6.30pm, free
Film Material Soup are pleased to present a double-programme with LUX13 Critical Forum, 15 artists working with the moving-image who in May 2013 formed a monthly discussion group at LUX for artists no longer in education. At each meeting two members presented their practice, discussing work-in-progress, sharing texts, considering broader theoretical ideas, and viewing works from the LUX archive. Continuing the group’s process of discursive exchange, each artist has made a work no longer than three minutes in response to a word or phrase provided by another group member.
12 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW, 5-7.30pm, Saturday 15 February
Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup. In tandem with Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the Newbridge Project (Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media). This screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to ideas of presence, location and identity.
An event by Film Material Soup, to celebrate the current Rogue PS exhibition Frogfullness by Savinder Bual, curated by Ahmed & Carpenter. Expect live 16mm and laser interventions by Jo Byrne/OKO and Dave Lynch from Leeds. Plus new projector and digital performances from Mary Stark and Sam Meech. Also a screening of recent work on video, 16mm and Super 8 by Jenny Baines, Birkbeck & Duffy, Jacob Cartwright, Jenna Collins, Callum Cooper, Chris Paul Daniels, Dave Griffiths, Ben Gwilliam and Nick Jordan. Cosmetics, soup, mulled wine, fish heads, flying and failing, from some of the UK’s most excellent artists.
1 Election/Coverage, Chris Paul Daniels, 2013, HD video, 1 min; poster trails of the 2013 presidential election in Nairobi accelerate to a Zoetrope-like effect; Alarming Times, Chris Paul Daniels, 2012, HD video, 1 min; a 60-second warning from the minor, miner bird, recalling the optical effect of the Thaumatrope.
2 Between Two Deserts, Joe Duffy, 2013, Lightbox, slide viewers; a newly forming urban space, it’s fabric and infrastructure a landscape being defined.
3 I (still) know what you did last summer, Chris Paul Daniels, 2010, 16mm film transfer, 3 mins; a recording within a recording documents the activities of a micro-environment
4 The Artists in Residence, Dave Griffiths & Joe Duffy, 2013, video, 2 mins
5 Tape Measure Film, Mary Stark, 2013, 16mm b&w film loop
6 The Return of Willy Pete, Dave Griffiths, 2013, Sellotape 35mm loop, slide projector
7 Knitted Horse in Motion, Sam Meech, 2013, video loop & wool; translating Muybridge’s original image sequence into a 24-stitch punchcard knit design.
A summer soup gathering to hear Chris Paul Daniels talk about his film Premier/Divisions, and other projects made during his Nairobi residency, coinciding with the Kenyan elections. Chris is currently exhibiting in the Rogue Project Space. Dave Griffiths presented his E6 and vinyl window installation Extinction Event, made for Phoenix Square, and his residency with NASA’s Swift satellite telescope based at Leicester University. James Snazell showed some recent digital animations. Sarah Hill spoke about the Video Jam collective and events, and showed some of her recent videos.