Re: Conference: The Real History of UK Artist Film & Video

From: john porter (email suppressed)
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 09:55:15 PDT

Thanks Bill,
Any deatails online? I couldn't find Thin Air Films.

--- Bill Brown <email suppressed> wrote:

> To coincide with the publication of David Curtisís A
> History of Artist Film & Video in Britain, TAF (Thin
> Air Films) will be staging a one-day conference and
> associated screening. The conference will examine
> the
> trajectory of post war funding for artist
> experimental
> film & video in the UK and in particular will look
> at
> Arts Council funding under the direction of David
> Curtis and how through careful stage management
> funds
> were restricted to a small number of filmmakers and
> denied to many more. Key speakers will examine how
> following the setting up of the London Film makers
> Co-op and London Video Arts, the funding, making and
> distribution of avant-garde films and videos in the
> UK
> was effectively controlled for a generation by a
> small
> London based group of men. How this same group
> dominated experimental film & video in the UK for
> the
> next 40 years both by denying funding and access to
> anyone outside the group (through overt and covert
> censorship) but also through controlling non
> mainstream film education at institutions such as
> the
> Royal College. The conference will also examine how
> written debate and discourse on experimental film &
> video in publications such as Undercut was
> restricted
> to the same small group and finally how this group
> as
> it nears retirement now seeks to enshrine its
> position
> for posterity by the publication of numerous
> histories
> of experimental film & video.
> The screening entitled All The Films That Were Never
> Funded will not include seminal works by Peter
> Gidal,
> Malcolm LeGrice, Guy Sherwin. John Smith or any of
> the
> other filmmakers whose work has been funded and
> promoted by Curtis but will feature instead a blank
> screen lit by a single bulb in honour of all that
> films that were never funded and all the creativity
> that was suppressed.
> Conference to be held at the North Bank Centre on
> May
> the 16th 2007.
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John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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