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Monday, December 12, 2016

Co-op Dialogues 1966-2016: Chris Welsby & Emily Richardson
Tate Britain
Monday 12 December, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets via Tate

Since 1969, Chris Welsby has been making films and installation works that explore the complex relationship between the moving image and the natural world – between the natural systems inherent in the landscape, such as weather patterns and tidal flow, and the systematic methods and apparatus of filmmaking used to represent them. His early work, made in the years he was associated with the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, follows on a long tradition of British landscape art, but unlike 19thcentury painters and photographers, Welsby avoids “the objective view point implicit in panoramic vistas or depictions of homogeneous pictorial space”, concentrating instead on transient aspects of the landscape “using the flickering, luminous characteristics of the film and video mediums, and their respective technologies, to suggest both the beauty and fragility of the natural world.'' 

Emily Richardson is a filmmaker who creates film portraits of particular places. Her work focuses on sites in transition and covers an extraordinarily diverse range of landscapes including empty East London streets, forests, North Sea oil fields, post-war tower blocks, empty cinemas and Cold War military facilities. Working on 16mm, Richardson uses techniques such as time-lapse filmmaking to create impossible experiences of architectural spaces and natural environments.

A selection of films by Welsby and Richardson will be shown, followed by a conversation between the two artists.


Seven Days, Chris Welsby, UK, 1974, 16mm, 19mins
Redshift, Emily Richardson, UK, 2001, 16mm, 4mins
Petrolia, Emily Richardson, UK, 2005, 16mm, 21mins
Cobra Mist, Emily Richardson, UK, 2008, 7mins
Mercury, Chris Welsby, UK, 2016, 20mins

Image credit: Still from Emily Richardson's Redshift, 2001.