18:00, 19:45 and 21:30 Monday 25 February 2013
Black Maria in The Crossing, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Orbits of Responsibility
A discussion with Susan Schuppli (Goldsmiths), with material from the Four Faces of Omarska.
On July 2nd 2012, London’s Olympic tower — the ArcelorMittal Orbit — was reclaimed as A Memorial in Exile by survivors of the Bosnian concentration camp at Omarska, now a fully-functional mine operated by ArcelorMittal. Iron ore and profits extracted from Omarska were used to manufacture the landmark. The Orbit thus bears witness to histories of violence and appropriation in Omarska while also serving as a controversial symbol of urban regeneration in Stratford, creating a material link between these places and raising questions about its own status as a public monument.
Organised by students from the MRes Art: Moving Image Pathway (CSM)
at 19:45 & 21:30:
A programme of artists’ film and video work which considers physical, imaginative and ideological constructions of architecture, local urban space and processes of regeneration.
Curated by Steven Ball and Duncan White.
Complex Financial Instruments (7 min/2008)
Complex Financial Instruments raises questions about power, systems of belief and contemporary subjectivity. Footage of the progressive conversion of old farm buildings is inter-cut with images of corporate new builds, archaeological remains, degraded sites and natural land. On the soundtrack we hear a business meeting debate about the realisation of a fantasy landmark building project. The visual material shifts between stills and self-consciously edited video, which becomes problematically intertwined with an increasingly absurd conversation.
Search (8 min/1993)
Pat Naldi & Wendy Kirkup
Search (Newcastle) was made for television. Its twenty ten-second sequences were transmitted during commercial breaks on Tyne-Tees Television in June and July 1993, during the Tyne International Festival. The artists arranged a synchronised walk in two separate locations through the busy streets of the city centre. This event was recorded on the 16-camera surveillance system recently installed throughout the commercial centre of the city. The system’s radial vision recorded 16 separate views of the city in any one second, 24 hours a day.
Elephant (8 min/2007)
Elephant is a kind of psychogeographical adventure made by throwing objects in urban space, exploring disorientating gyrations of eye and camera movement, the complexities of optical, physical and social engagement, and the sculptural, rhythmic interplay of sound and light. The video was shot in the market place at South London’s famous Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre and was produced during an Animate residency at London College of Communication.
Myths of Social Capitalism [work in progress] (7 min/2013)
Steven Ball & Rastko Novakovic
Myths of Social Capitalism gives voice to an arrangement of texts which appropriate the language of gentrification, the phrases and logic behind the words are taken from the Lend Lease Master Plan for the regeneration of the Heygate Estate at Elephant and Castle. Panoramic video images of the estate are underpinned by recordings of voice performances, bearing witness to Southwark Council’s divestment of responsibility of the welfare of the local community and onetime residents, and its cynical, ideologically driven collusion with global developers in a gentrification project which primarily serves the interests of a failing capitalist hegemony.
Cultural Quarter (10 min/2003)
Cultural Quarter presents the relationships of observation in the city to its citizens, whilst begging ethical questions on surveillance, the gaze and human behaviour. It exposes some of the gaps between developers’ dreams and citizens perceptions of what cultural space means and how to use it.
Estate [pilot] (14 min/2013) and Haggerston Estate Archive film (10 min)
Andrea Luka Zimmermann
Capturing a moment of imminent transition, Estate reflects on urgent matters of regeneration, gentrification and architecture; its reasons, possibilities and consequences. But more importantly, it is a film about time and place, dreams and wonder. During this moment, where one structure has broken down, and a new one is about to form, another space unfolds; a space of proposals, of uncertainty, and of absolute initiative. In this opening, how might we ask important questions of our ideas of home, of history, always in the making, and of our capacities of imagination; that which influences not only how we’re seen, but also how we see.
Telling It (19 min/16mm/2006)
Anne Tallentire’s 16mm film was shot in real time on a car journey from her home in Camden, North London (via Goods Way and past Granary Square, Kings Cross) to a square in the heart of the City. The film depicts a rectangle of the changing sky at dawn, occasionally interrupted by edges of buildings and tree and the occasional bird. This undesignated field of vision becomes a single point for the viewer as they are taken on the journey that registers these small details of the city, rather than a depiction of landmarks or signs that usually mark the way. As the film runs wemeasure scale against the immeasurable and whilst we know that there is a process undertaken we are faced with not knowing how to measure it, what scale or depth there is here or where we are within this bracket of time and space.
Telling it was commissioned by Bloomberg SPACE Bloomberg PL curated by Sasha Craddock, Graham Gussin and Stephen Hepworth at Bloomberg SPACE gallery for the exhibition ‘To Here’. ‘To Here’ was exhibited from July – September 2006 at Space Bloomberg gallery in London and included the work by Keith Coventry, Mustafa Hulusi, Hew Locke, Dietmar Lutz and John Riddy.
Black Maria is a major new commission by the British artist Richard Wentworth working in collaboration with GRUPPE, an emerging Swiss architecture practice.
The full programme of events is available at: