12 February - 30 March 2018
Lethaby Gallery, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Artists’ film and video first became the specialist subject of an art/film-school course with the setting up of Fine Art Film at Saint Martins School of Art in London in 1972. Prior to that artists had to make do with non-specialist film courses, often linked with photography…
David Curtis, A History of Artists’ Film and Video in Britain, BFI Publishing, 2007.
Temporalities: Moving Image at Central Saint Martins will look back at the rich history of film and video at Central Saint Martins. Saint Martins College of Art became one of the first art colleges in the UK to teach film when Malcolm Le Grice established an experimental film unit in 1967 which became a course in its own right in 1972. Since those early years a steady stream of staff and students have established and consolidated first Saint Martins, then Central Saint Martins’s unique reputation for moving image, with numerous well-known alumni, who themselves have been tutored by many well-respected moving image artists.
Temporalities will also become a platform for the production of new moving image practice and research by current students engaging with this history in the culture of the present, producing new work using digital and analogue media. Drawing on an archive of students’ work made since the 1960s, as well as historical material from British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection Temporalities will seek to rediscover the broadest range of what students made, how they made it, and the collegiate, and social context in which they made it; and further how this work reflected and shaped the life of the college and the culture and politics of the time.