LUX Salon: Amir George – Better Made Progress
Mon 11 Dec 2017 / 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Better Made Progress is a retrospective survey of short films by the American artist and film programmer Amir George made between 2011 and 2016. The films are an exploration of mental health patterns and processes of healing; including spiritual stories that juxtapose sound and image with a non-linear perception, fragmented vignettes that conjure the secret life of objects both found and collected that reside in a world within a world, and cinematic journeys of cathartic experiences.
This screening takes places in the context of a nation-wide tour of Black Radical Imagination: Glasgow School of Art 2 Dec, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh 3 Dec, ICA London 10 Dec, CCA Glasgow 12 Dec, organised in collaboration with LUX Scotland.
TRW, 2011. Video, 5 min.
El Quatro, 2012. Video, 4 min.
Mae’s Journal, 2013. Video, 12 min.
Vicissitude, 2013. Video, 4 min.
Just A Place, 2014. Video, 2 min.
Shades of Shadows, 2015. Video, 6 min.
Moments of Intention, 2016. Video, 7 min.
Black Gold, 2016. Video, 1 min.
Encompassed Wisdom of an Inevitable Manifestation, 2016. Video, 1 min.
Decadent Asylum, 2017. Video, 17 min.
Amir George is a practicing alchemist working as an artist and film programmer. He creates work for cinema, gallery spaces and live performance. Born and bred in Chicago, his moving image work and curated programmes have been shown internationally. In addition to founding a grassroots film programming organisation called Cinema Culture, George is the co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental short film series.
Black Radical Imagination
The notion of the Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of discussions around the boundaries and limitations that are historically given to people of color in the realm of the cinematic. Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of visual shorts that delve into the worlds of new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Focusing on new stories within the diaspora, each artist contributes their own vision about post-modern society through the state of current black culture. Black Radical Imagination focuses on the aesthetics of Afro-futurism, Afro-surrealism, and the magnificent through the context of cinema. Curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George.