London events - Time and Space, 19 July 2009

From: Adam Hyman (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jul 15 2009 - 08:17:04 PDT

This Secret Cinema email list tells of events going on in London, for those
of you not familiar with it. Here's one that I just received:

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London BFI Southbank
Sunday 19 July 2009, at 6:10pm


These three films, made within two years of the Apollo 11 landing, by
artists who were pioneers in the development of conceptual art in
Britain, capture a contemporary fascination on the part of artists and
public with the events and imagery of space exploration. At the same
time, they continually return to the concerns of everyday life on
earth. The films will be introduced by curators Nicholas Alfrey and
Joy Sleeman, who will be joined by artist David Lamelas.

Ian Breakwell & Mike Leggett, UK, 1971/2003, video, b/w, sound, 15 min
ONE documents a performance by Breakwell at the Angela Flowers
Gallery, celebrating the gallery¹s first anniversary and coinciding
with the Apollo 14 manned mission to the moon in February 1971.
Throughout an eight-hour Œworking day¹, a group of labourers shovel
dirt in a room on the second floor of the gallery. This activity was
simultaneously broadcast via CCTV to a monitor in the gallery¹s street
level window. As the day went on and the original piles became a layer
of mud on the gallery floor, the live footage struck a striking
resemblance to that being fed back from the moon, drawing the
attention, and confusion, of passers by.

David Lamelas, UK, 1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 20 min
analytical investigation of the architecture of one of the galleries
at the Camden Arts Centre, where the film was originally shown, along
with interviews with gallery staff - a gallery manager, a guard, a
clerk - revealing some of the structure and hierarchies within the
institution. In the second part of the film, the focus shifts to the
environment outside the gallery, the city and its infrastructure, its
transport and weather systems. Finally, these ever increasing circles
take us out onto the street, where passers by are quizzed about Œthe
most important subject according to the mass media of information, on
the 21st May, between 5 and 7 pm, time when the interviews were
filmed.¹ That subject happens to be the Apollo 10 lunar probe, the
final Œrehearsal¹ for the moon landing in July.

John Latham, UK, 1971, 16mm, colour, sound, 25 min
A visual countdown of the age of the universe, through time and space,
to the surface of the earth. Latham was fascinated by the photographs
of the earth that were being returned from the first space missions.
 From their great distance, these images described the perspective
which Latham felt was necessary to perceive our temporary habitation
of the planet in relation to what he called the Œwhole event¹, the
Universe. Periods of silent black space are punctuated by momentary
glimpses of the earth, getting closer as the film rolls. As the
camera zooms in, there is a change of pace when an entire volume of
the Encyclopedia Britannica flickers past, frame-by-frame. In the
final frames of Erth a blurred figure is seen in the landscape, a
representative of the ³brilliant streptococcus organism for which no
antidote exists² (JL).

"Time and Space" is a satellite event of the exhibition "Earth-Moon-
Earth" (Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham, until 9 August)
and the third in a series of screenings organised by John Latham's
Flat Time House in Peckham. The event is presented at the BFI in
collaboration with Flat Time House, and the Djanogly Gallery.


BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
Nearest Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

Tickets: £6.40
Box office: 020 7928 3232


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