Artists’ Film at SEED
50 George St, Hastings, TN34 3EA
Thursday to Sunday Throughout the Festival 4pm until close
The artist’s will also be displaying prints of their work for sale. Repetitive (2011).
Over three weeks, SEED will be home of three inspirational film artists, Zoe Richardson, Charlotte Bradley and
Catinca Malaimare. All chosen for their beautifully engaging pieces, these films will be shown on a loop in the SEED tapas and cocktail bar on George Street, creating an atmospheric environment and transforming the space.
Please drop in each week and immerse yourself in each of these talented young artists’ moving-art worlds.
The self, the mask and ideas of identity form the conceptual axis of Zoe Richardson’s practise. Working mostly in film and photography to explore these ideas, Richardson takes herself as the subject, and within this exposes vulnerabilities and anxiety. The self (herself) presented masked or unmasked, hidden or revealed creates a highly personal viewing experience, but one in which collective contemporary concerns about identity and self-image are raised. The suggestive violence to the body and/ or face present in the work is enhanced through the use of edits and fades, light and shadow. While the work can make for an uncomfortable and challenging watching, the viewer becoming implicated as a possible voyeur, they also captivate and hold ones attention, leaving a lasting image that can haunt.
Charlotte Bradley is an emerging visual artist, whose work often uses lens-based media to construct a window into a conflicting world of seduction and discomfort. Since being selected for Aspex Gallery’s Platform Graduate exhibition in 2016 and having worked at the gallery as an artist-in-residence, her practice has taken on a multi-dimensional approach, using installation and moving image to question perceived roles of power and power play. In her lens-based work, the camera flirts with its subject: framing it, fetishizing it.
Whether a human footstool, the polishing of a male torso, or a boy with a candle in his mouth: are we drawn to peer in, or is this a spectacle performed for us? As thresholds are tested through unfulfilled anticipation, a friction develops between the work and its context. Should we be watching this? The work becomes a private spectacle, transforming spectator into voyeur.
The sequence included in Coastal Currents Arts Festival presents a female body in a technological landscape.
A feedback loop is created by a continuous screening of short films where meanings start to shift until the series of short films start to be experienced as a larger narrative. The short films touch upon the subject of codified data extracted from the body through new technologies, in a medical sense where the exposed body is guided through a considered and controlled environment, and in equal measure through the union between the technological and the organism.
The female figure that dominates the films is always recorded live, moving through a media saturated context, the performances bring together ideas of a guerrilla statement, the exploration of space and interface through a minimalist movement.
Entanglements of body and technology happen in a considered environment and the integration of body and space is both of real and virtual nature to the point where we lose sight of which is which.