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

From: Rob Gawthrop (email suppressed)
Date: Fri May 11 2007 - 02:03:53 PDT


What a conincidence.

There is a touring show being planned "Invisible Cities" featuring
work composed solely of sprocket holes and time-code. This will play
at all those venues in the UK (outside of London) that have featured
so prominently in David Curtis's book.

Rob

On 11 May 2007, at 06:23, john porter wrote:

> Thanks Nicky,
> It all sounds very serious to me, but you're there and
> I'm not.
> I'm not too proud to ask: where's the clue that it's
> all a joke? Is it obvious, or a UK in-joke, or a
> Frameworks in-joke?
> I guess I don't know enough about either the real or
> the unreal history.
> Is there a Bill Brown? Do you know him?
> John.
>
> --- Nicholas Hamlyn <email suppressed>
> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>
> John Porter, Toronto, Canada
> http://www.super8porter.ca/
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