Alma Mater: New Work UK Touring Programme

December 6, 2011

This year LUX’s annual touring programme of recent British video has been curated by ICA film curator Steven Cairns. The programme includes work by Steven Claydon, Torsten Lauschmann, Clunie Reid, Rachel Reupke, Hannah Sawtell and Stephen Sutcliffe.

Alma Mater features work by six UK-based artists, dealing in representational methods of experience and social interaction. Alma Mater takes cultural identity as its starting point, to encompass the influence of visual culture on everyday experience; questioning ideas of Britishness and conceptions of national identity. Working with digital media, each artist invests a degree of experimentation and innovation in their approach to Moving Image that embeds the process within the work – the media itself becoming a near-character in the linear, and non-linear narratives. The screening includes a range of works made between 2000 and the present, and charts a significant period of change in our relationship with visual culture, and the society that shapes it.

1 December 2011 – launch at Whitechapel, London

19 January 2012 – Tramway, Glasgow

22 February 2012 – Grand Union, Birmingham

22 March 2012 – First Site, Colchester

Information for venues

The programme is in High Defintion and is available either as a Quicktime file (h.264 or Apple Pro Res codec) or Blu-Ray disc for single screenings. The screening fee is  £100 (+VAT) for UK venues, £150 (+VAT) for overseas venues (excluding shipping and handling). Preview DVDs for preview and press are available on request. The curator Steven Cairns and/or artists may be available to introduce the programme if costs can be covered, please contact LUX to discuss.

Programme contents 

Torsten Lauschmann Let’s Kiosk 2000, 7 min 24 sec

Steven Claydon Bestiary 2009, 19 min 22 sec

Clunie Reid Wen u travel u go 2 sleep 2011, 5 min 55 sec, silent

Stephen Sutcliffe Please, please, please… 2001, 2 min 3 sec

Hannah Sawtell You’ll Never Walk Alone 2006/7, 7 min

You’ll Never Walk Alone forces together three forms of dissemination; a series of slide format images appropriated from a campaign for a life insurance group, an ‘Acid’ recording from the same period and a contemporary computer slideshow programme of a turning cube. Hovering between satire, horror, belligerence and social entropy, the video displays an aesthetic of prescribed resistance.

Rachael Reupke Deportment 2011, 3 min 32 sec, silent

Hannah Sawtell Entroludes 4: Means 2010, 4 min

Part 4 of Entroludes 1-6.

Means utilizes stills, sound and moving image retrieved from the internet; what Sawtell refers to as ‘the detritus of the contemporary arcade’. Sound fragments are edited purposefully leaving the audio glitches to reveal the cut and paste nature of digital work. Made specifically for the context of the cinema; pushing a private/ low resolution reception into a place of group/ high definition reception. The video explores the disjuncture between manual labour and digital economy.

Stephen Sutcliffe Come to the Edge 2003, 1 min 49 sec

Come to the Edge uses a recording of the poet Christopher Logue reciting a poem originally written in 1968. The poem is combined with video footage shot in a 6th form common room. In the footage a good-humoured scene is suddenly transformed into something altogether more sinister as the group of schoolboys enact a ritual humiliation upon a seemingly older, mustachioed boy.
Wen u travel u go 2 sleep, by Clunie Reid, 2011

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