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

From: Nicholas Hamlyn (email suppressed)
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 10:04:00 PDT


That's cos he's "joking".

On 10 May 2007, at 17:55, john porter wrote:

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