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So it’s almost a month since Supersonic Festival 2010 – here is a little video which whizzes through some of this years highlights. You can also have a look at our collective memory which has collated blog posts, photos and other video footage – enjoy and see you next year!
“Supersonic Festival is one of the most celebrated dates on the UK festival calendar.” Clash Magazine
Opening tonight at Eastside Projects is a solo show by Carey Young, surveying a decade of the artist’s practice, including video, photographic, text and telephone works. The gallery has been transformed into a multi-screened cinema, and central to the show is the major new video commission, ‘Memento Park’ (2010), that takes as its subject Budapest’s monumental communist statues. Visit the EP website for much more information.
Tonight’s exhibition launch is from 6 to 9pm, and Memento Park continues from 27 November 2010 to 29 January 2011.
In 2011 Flatpack and Fierce festivals will take place in Eastside and venues across Birmingham over the same week: 22-27 March. Save the date! Earlierthis year Eastside was abuzz during Flatpack with with venues packed full of people at the festival and other fringe events in the area. We are looking forward to the exciting collision of film and performance that the two festivals will provide.
If you were thinking of submitting a short film for Flatpack Festival, there are two weeks left! The deadline is Friday 10 December. The team will be forgoing the usual Christmas holiday films in order to sift through the submissions with the obligatory Turkey sandwiches. More information on how to submit your films is here.
More information will be trickling out over the next few months and the full programmes will be revealed at the end of February.
THU 02 DEC – SAT 18 DEC 2010 | PREVIEW – FRI 03 DEC, 6-8 PM
VIVID presents LANGUAGE, an exhibition and events programme which explores the constructs of language and meaning from far reaching cultural perspectives.
Comprising an international selection of moving image, exhibition, discussion and print, the selection of works covers four decades, spanning films which reflect the post-Structuralist theories of the 1970’s to documented actions and contemporary works newly commissioned by VIVID.
Artists include: John Adams, William Burroughs, Barbad Golshiri, Gary Hill, Mona Hatoum, Valérie Mréjen, Aura Satz, Guy Sherwin, Margaret Tait, and Olivier Zabat.
SATURDAY 04 DECEMBER | 2PM | admission FREE
John Smith -Program 1
“The films of John Smith conduct a serious investigation into the combination of sound and image, but with a sense of humour that reaches out beyond the traditional avant-garde audience.” – Mark Webber. VIVID presents an anthology of John Smith’s work including Associations (1975); The Black Tower (1987); Gargantuan (1992); The Girl Chewing Gum (1976) and Om (1986). Courtesy Video Data Bank, Chicago.
THURSDAY 09 DECEMBER | 6PM | admission FREE
Valérie Mréjen, Pork and Milk (2004)
A documentary in which Mréjen interviews ten Israeli Jews who traded their ultra-Orthodox traditions for secular ways, and conveys their stories with long, unbroken takes, filmed at incisive angles using natural or available light. Courtesy Aurora Films.
SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER | 2PM | admission FREE
Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Speaking in Tongues (2009)
At a time when 31 US states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly Chinese or Spanish. Speaking in Tongues uses this scenario to explore the provocative notion that being bilingual can be a national asset. Taking us beyond rote arguments and stereotypes, this intimate documentary witnesses the joys and challenges of four diverse children on their journey to become global citizens. Courtesy Patchwork Films.
THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER | from 6.30PM | admission £2
6.30PM: Samuel Beckett – Not I *
7:15PM: Aura Satz
A rare screening of BBC 2 footage documenting Billie Whitelaw’s 1975 performance of Samuel Beckett’s 20-minute dramatic monologue Not I. The film sees a single spotlight fixated on a logorrhoea of fragmented and jumbled sentences uttered by ‘Mouth’ and which obliquely tells the story of a woman who having been abandoned by her parents has lived a loveless, mechanical existence. *Excerpt from BBC 2, The Lively Arts: Shades, Three Plays by Samuel Beckett. (courtesy BFI)
Following the screening, artist and writer Aura Satz presents a responsive work for VIVID which considers the physical articulation of sound and the body. Using a Chladni plate, some tuning forks, and other such contraptions, Satz performs an annotated, illustrated, fragmented talk on sound, its visualisation, and the utopian belief in a universal alphabet.
LANGUAGE is presented as the closing season for VIVID’s 2008-10 PIONEERS programme, which juxtaposes contemporary practice with key historical works informed by the moving image. LANGUAGE is supported by National Lottery through Arts Council England, Birmingham Cultural Partnership.
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public, based on a simple slideshow format: 20 images x 20 seconds. This keeps things light and moving at a rapid pace — for a great example check the video below of a presentation Daniel Eatock gave at the Walker Art Centre.
Earlier this year Eastside Projects hosted its first PechaKucha and the quick-fire event is back by popular demand. On Thursday 18 November, 6.30 to 8pm, we will be hosting an evening of presentations from arts organisations across the West Midlands, with speakers from Grand Union, Friction Arts, Fierce Festival, mac, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Companis, The Lombard Method, Project Pigeon, Red Lantern and more. It promises to be a great chance to find out fast about the multiple things going on across the Midlands. Places are free with no need to book, so we hope to see you on the night! You can find us at Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR.
Now, onto that Eatock video. Fastforward to about 19 minutes in for a PechaKucha masterclass: