Saturday, 31 May 2008

Direct Visions

A ten minute compilation of a selection of the Direct Language videos will be exhibited at Visions in the Nunnery between 6 - 15 June. The private view is 6:30 - 9:00pm on Friday 6 June, the Nunnery is at 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ.

With the exception of Outside and Unknown at the Pixelodeon and Screen Dump at cogcollective - both programmes dedicated to works from videoblogs - this is the first time videos made for Direct Language have screened publicly in a context outside of the web.

Usually using unostentatious settings as stepping-stone footage for the videos – from urban settings, interiors, and forests - the subsequently manipulated and precisely choreographed patterns mirror the concern for formal and cognitive visual rigor. Often palindromic and/or surgically sliced into rhythmic, repetitive footage with careful concern for soundtrack implications, the short pieces reveal, at times, surprising short-circuiting attentive observations from the seemingly banal out-sets. A study in the manipulation of the inconspicuous.

Direct Language has long since ended as an abstracted video serial journal project, it can be viewed in its entirety archived at Direct Language and I am also making a selection of the videos available as an unlimited edition DVD series, unostentatiously packaged in a plain cover with a handwritten label. This can be purchased for a nominal amount to cover materials, handling and postage. Email me for details with "Direct Language DVD" in the subject field.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Slow Space

Klaus W. Eisenlohr
16mm film/67:00/2004

Slow Space will screen in the Light Reading series on 28th May 2008 at 7pm. Following the film I will be in conversation with its author.

About the film:
Slow Space takes the viewer on a visual trip through the city of Chicago without showing streets or plazas like we have seen in travel guides. Instead, the journey goes through places roofed and lit by glass architecture, a private living room, Gran Hyatt Regency and some other places. Scenes set in open urban space and interviews filmed in private homes complement this passage through public and private places.
Slow Space investigates the relationship between the body and the urban architectural environment over the time period of three years. Searching the anomalies of the normal, the filmmaker traces a 'Desire for Modernity' in the city's architecture being shaped by pre- and postmodern forces. In addition, the film discusses the topic of public space in American cities through interviews with the Chicago artists and filmmakers Deborah Stratman, Chris Harris, Gretchen Till, Ken Fandell, Thomas Comerford and Eduardo Pradilla.

Klaus W. Eisenlohr is a Berlin-based artist who works in a number of media including film and photography. He is also a curator and has for a number of years curated an ongoing series of Urban Research programmes which have screened at Directors Lounge in Berlin and elsewhere, including cogcollective.

Light Reading
28th May 2008
3rd Floor
316 – 318 Bethnal Green Road
London E2

£5 door £4 prebooked

telephone: 020 7729 4494

Thursday, 15 May 2008

One Minute in Crouch End

The One Minute programme curated by Kerry Baldry screens all weekend at Hornsey Town Hall as part of Crouch End Open Studios

Hornsey Town Hall
Crouch End Broadway
London E8
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May