Exhibition Opening
BL CK B X: Morgan Quaintance in Conversation with Tendai Mutambu and Russell Newell

18 May, 2019
– 18 May, 2019
Waterlow Park Centre

Join us for a special event to mark the opening of our current BL CK B X exhibition with the showing artist Morgan Quaintance in conversation with curator Tendai Mutambu and filmmaker Russell Newell.

Hysteresis consists of Another Decade (2018), a film foregrounding the distance between academic art world debates of the 1990s and the dynamic vitality of cultural and political life outside institutions in the UK’s capital; Anne, Richard and Paul (2018), a portrait of the experimental music of Bow Gamelan Ensemble, an artist group who made music from the matter of pre-gentrified East London, commissioned by Live Art Development Agency (LADA); and Early Years (2019), an account of one woman’s first generation diasporic experience in Britain newly commissioned by KARST, Plymouth.
Collaging archival material newly shot 16mm film and standard definition video, the work makes an impassioned plea for progressive thought and action, unifying ostensibly disparate subjects in order to consider how the recent past impacts on, or is occluded from, the conditions of Britain’s artistic and socio-cultural present.
Please note: The exhibition will close at 4pm, reopening again at 5pm for the opening presentation of Hysteresis with an introduction and post-screening discussion with the artist.

Annie, Richard and Paul (Morgan Quaintance, 2018)

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer. His moving-image work has been shown recently at KARST, Plymouth, LIMA Amsterdam, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Jerwood Space London, the 14th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, London Film Festival 2018, November Film Festival, the Palace International Film Festival, and Videonale.17.

Tendai John Mutambu is a Zimbabwean-born New Zealander writing and curating in London. He is Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival’s Programming Fellow for 2019 and his most recent project is a series of five film programmes for LUX and British Council touring internationally from April 2019.
Previous projects include: ‘Twenty-Two Hours,’ Experimenta at London Film Festival (2018) and ‘Sriwhana Spong: a Hook but no Fish’, ‘The Long Dream of Waking’, ‘First as Fiction, then as Myth’, ‘David Clegg: Loca Projects / Correction’ at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Zealand and ‘Potentially Yours, The Coming Community’ at Artspace NZ. Tendai is a regular contributor to Ocula Magazine and has written for frieze and BFI.

Russell was born in Peckham in 1965 where he began taking photographs in his early teens. He became a photographer and filmmaker moving to digital and web-based projects in the mid-1990’s. As a teenager, he was closely involved with the community darkroom movement. He has always had a commitment to community and grassroots projects and continues to develop his practice as an artist today. Recent projects include: 7 Bridges Archive,  The reactivation of the radical education journal Schooling & Culture, The reactivation of the radical education journal Schooling & Culture, The Chatham Office and collaboration with Morgan Quaintance using Russell’s Video Penpals project from 1994/95.


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