Artist Film and Video at Encounters

Explore a selection of contemporary and historical works from the aesthetic and political to the visual and sublime in a programme of artist film and video events at Encounters Festival.

Oberhausen Presents: Artist Film and Videos from 1994 to 2014
ARNOLFINI
Thurs 18 Sept, 13:00 AND Sun 21 Sept, 13:00
£5 / £4.5 CONC

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has been archiving and distributing films from the festival since its very beginning in 1954 and  operates as a catalyst and a showcase for contemporary developments, new trends and talent. This screening programme features films from artists John Smith, Neil Beloufa, Laure Prouvost and more.
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Benedict Drew in Performance
ARNOLFINI
Thurs 18 Sept, 20:00
£5 / £4.5 CONC

Encounters 2014 and Arnolfini present a new commissioned performance by Benedict Drew, an artist who works across video, sculpture, music and their associated technologies. His work uses the apparatus of film, video and music to test and reflect upon the relationships we have with technology and its oscillation between the exalted and the commonplace, between desire and redundancy. Benedict Drew is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.
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Lux Presents: Looking, Mediated
ARNOLFINI
Fri 19 Sept, 13:00 AND Sun 21 Sept, 13:00
£5 / £4.5 CONC

Looking, Mediated is a new LUX touring programme of moving image works by artists who utilise, address and challenge contemporary forms of visual experience. Often traversing formal boundaries these works explore how we view and interact with imagery today and how these interactions inform social and cultural relationships both on and off the screen. The programme includes films and videos by Johann Arens, Helen Benigson, Harun Farocki, Richard Healy, Fabienne Hess, Lucy Clout and Patrick Hough.
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Our Souls Are Palestinian
ARNOLFINI
Sun 21 Sept, 15:00
£5/£4.50 CONC

Our Souls Are Palestinian is a programme of short artists film works which look at Palestine from various perspectives, external, embedded and provocative. The two films which anchor this programme are ‘They Do Not Exist’ by Mustafa Abu Ali  (1974) and ‘Future Archaeology’ (2009/10) by Armin Linke & Francesco Mattuzzi (part of the project Decolonizing Architecture).
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ART PARTY 
ARNOLFINI
Sun 21 Sept, 17:00 – 19:00
£8/£7 CONC

In 2011, artist Patrick Brill (aka Bob and Roberta Smith) made waves in the art world with Letter to Michael Gove, an oversized painted-word response to the Education Secretary’s proposed eradication of art from the British school syllabus. In his feature film Art Party, Smith builds on his 2011 protest with a mix of performance, interviews and imagined scenes, en route to the 2013 Art Party Conference, where he and other speakers championed the importance of art and its place in the education system. Part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy, Art Party ultimately asks “how do you tell one man he’s got it wrong?”
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