Tramway Festival of Artists Moving Image

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Tramway Festival of Artists Moving Image

Partially programmed by Max Slaven, David Dale Gallery

14.09.2012 – 16.09.2012

Tramway 1

Featuring over 80 films and some of the most exciting international artists working in film and video, Tramway’s inaugural Festival of Artists Moving Image, developed in collaboration with LUX, is a three day festival that celebrates the richness and diversity of artist film through a dynamic series of screening programmes.

For the Festival a series of new artists film programmes have been developed by guest curators; Amelia Bywater, Max Slaven of David Dale Gallery, Dexter Sinister (Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt) , Benjamin Fallon, Isla Lever-Yap, Corin Sworn and Tom Varley.

These programmes will be shown alongside a selection of screenings by international curators which originally featured in the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images in May 2012, including programmes devised by; Michelle Cotton, senior curator at Firstsite, Colchester; Elena Filipovic, curator at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; independent curators Shama Khanna, Martha Kirszenbaum and film maker and artist Ben Rivers.


Curated by Max Slaven, David Dale Gallery

16.09.12 | 2 – 3

David Dale Gallery present Unreliable, a short programme of films collated for Lux Biennial at Tramway 2012, an attempt to address the motif of the unreliable narrator within artists’ film.

The narrator as unreliable, or untrustworthy, is characterised by a failing in either reporting, interpreting, or evaluating the information required to be relayed to the audience. This failing, traditionally or generally, is a rhetoric device employed to create an affinity between the author and the reader/ audience, at the expense of the narrator1 (if the mistakes, or slips, are spotted that is – if not, the joke’s at your expense for the benefit of a better read, sharper audience).

The question of trust is implicit when information is supplied, by either artist or curator; and the viewer has to decide how receptive they are in this relationship. The narrator is a position of authority automatically assumed, and to be toyed with. The presentation is of subjectivities, rarely facts – and fallibility or deception reinforces this.

In an attempt to negate the re-doubling of trust issues in this programme, the curators have employed an external method of typifying the individual films into exemplars of five ‘mechanisms’ – as described by Tamar Yacobi2 – to detect the unreliable narrator. These, to paraphrase and connect, are the following:

Existential – The narrator in Tom Sach’s Ten Bullets appeals directly to the viewer in order to convey authority, and the rules that must be followed under certain circumstances, as prescribed by the artist.

Functional – The author, John Smith, uses the narrator to prove – and ultimately undermine – the presented point.

Generic – An autobiographical position, which Mark Leckey takes in Proposal for a show. The audience must take into account the inherent failings guaranteed by this subjective stance.

Perspectival – A position the author, in this case Oliver Laric, takes – through choice of narrator – in order to prove an objective point through the narrator.

Genetic – The inherent failings of the narrator, such as Hennessy Youngman, are evident because that’s just who they (the narrator) are.

The majority of the films detailed above, are drawn from the past few years, because they belong to a period in which the authoritorial conveying of facts is instantly verifiable, consistently out of context and able to be debunked – yet abound nevertheless. More than ever unreliable.


1Shen, Dan: “Unreliability”. In: Hühn, Peter et al. (eds.): the living handbook of narratology. Hamburg: Hamburg University Press, 2009

[view date: 18 Aug 2012]

2Yacobi, Tamar: “Authorial Rhetoric, Narratorial (Un)Reliability, Divergent Readings: Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata”. In: Phelen and Rabinowitz (eds.): A companion to narrative theory, Blackwell publishing, 2005
[view date: 18 Aug 2012]

DAY 1 – Friday 14th September

NB: All start times are approximate – arrive early to avoid disappointment

2 – 4pm
Open Critical Forum
Tramway studio

Tramway’s studio will play host to a series of discussions led by members of the LUX Critical Forum who will be presenting ‘Open Critical Forum’ a space for attendees of the festival to partake in discussion alongside some of the artists, curators and writers represented in the screening programme. Booking required – maximum 20 participants.

4 – 4.50pm
SHAMA KHANNA: A Blurred Boundary is still a Boundary
Tramway 1 (screening)

Neil Beloufa, Brune Renault, 2009, video, 17 min 45 sec
Rachel Reupke, Containing Matters of no very peaceable Colour, 2009, video, 5 min 11 sec
Gil Leung, This is Living, 2011, SD video, 4 min 2 sec
Nino Pezzella, Zum Briefkasten (To the mailbox), 1989-92 (released 2002), 16mm, 17 min
Lucy Clout, Untitled, 2011, video, 4 min 51 sec

Originally shown as part of the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images 2012

5 – 6pm
BENJAMIN FALLON: Cycling Through
Tramway 1 (screening)

Aleksandra Domanovic, 19:30, 2010, video, 11 min 28 sec
Huw Lemmey, Clichy Bridge, 1973/5th Avenue, 1989, 9 min 24 sec
Jon Rafman, You The World and I, 2011, 6 min 10 sec
Sean Snyder, Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars, 2005, 13 min 12 sec
Alex Hetherington and Darren Banks, 4-5 spoken scenes from Weekend on LSD for Darren Banks, 2012, 3mins, 41 sec

6.30- 7.30pm
DEXTER SINISTER: Slow Glass and Letter & Spirit
Tramway 1 (screening)

John Smith, Slow Glass, 1988-1991, 16 mm, 40 min
Dexter Sinister, Letter & Spirit, 2012, video, 17 min 30 sec

7.30 – 9.00pm
Break for Private view: Dexter Sinister ‘Identity’
Tramway 5 Gallery

The festival opens alongside a new 3 channel film installation “Identity” in Tramway’s Gallery by Dexter Sinister, commissioned by and co-produced with Artists Space, New York, which runs from the 14th of September until 28th October. Free event.

9 – 10pm
TRAMWAY (Claire Jackson): Screening Programme
Tramway 1

Rob Kennedy & Jess Worrall, Eden, video, 4 min
Karen Cunningham, Mystics after modernism, 2012, video, 6 min
Stuart Gurden, The Approach in three parts, 2008, video, 4 min 27 sec
Stuart Gurden, The Creative Ordeal, 2012, video, 4 min
David Hall, Verticle,1969, 16mm, 15 min 56 sec
Sophie Macpherson, American Dance, 2011, 16 mm, 7 min
Karen Cunningham, Anthropology or the Difference between Footprints and Footsteps, 2010, video, 4 min 20 sec
Steven Ball, The Ground, the Sky and the Island, 2008, video, 7 min 47 sec
Anna Mields and Alex Gross, Arkenberge, 2010, video, 8 min 30 sec

End – Cafe bar open until 11pm

DAY 2 – Saturday 15th September

NB: All start times are approximate – arrive early to avoid disappointment

11.30 – 1.30pm
Open Critical Forum
Tramway studio

Free to festival ticket holders – booking required, limited capacity of 20 particpants.

2 – 3.10pm
CORIN SWORN: The Sense of a Sound
Tramway 1 (screening)

Michael Stevenson, Introduccion a la Teoria de la Probabilidad, 2008, HD and 16mm film transferred to DVD, 25 min 38 sec
Charlotte Moth, Absent Forms, 2010, video, 10 min
Bernadette Meyer, Eve of Easter, 1988, video, 3 min 9 sec
Beatrice Gibson, Agatha, 2012, HD video, 14 min
Julia Freyer, Untitled Sicily Film, 2008, colour 16 mm film transferred to video, 8 min 35 sec
Aaron Carpenter; CARTOONS (Salmon Square Emerges from a Seam Quite Slowly /Plummeting Triangles /Circle Incessantly Nudged By Other Circles /Half and Half /Plane Bevilled Crooks) 2011, video, 2 min (each 15 sec)

3.20 – 4.20pm
ISLA LEAVER-YAP: Ich Bin Superbia
Tramway 1 (screening)

Rose Lowder, Beijing, 1988, 16 mm, 12 min 17 sec
Pat Hearn, Seizure, 1980, video, 17 min
Tina Keane, Hey Mack, 1981/82, video 12 min 30 sec
Ulrike Ottinger, Superbia, 1986, 16mm transferred DVD, 15 min 50 sec

4.30 – 5.30pm
Curators Panel Discussion / Audience Q & A
Tramway 4

No booking required. Free to festival ticket holders – limited capacity of 130

5.30 – 7pm
ELENA FILIPOVIC: This Obscure Object of Desire or, “No ideas except in things”
Tramway 1 (screening)

Michel Auder, Talking Head, 1981-2009, video, 2 min 27 sec
Danai Anesiadou, I Kiss Your Ectoplasm Like I Would a Shark V, video, 13 min
Michael Robinson, These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, 2010, digital video, 12 min 50 sec
Anna Molska, Tanagram, 2006/2007, video, 5 min 10 sec
Erkka Nissinen, Night School, 2007, video, 12 min 49 sec
Willehad Eilers aka Wayne Horse, The White Suit, 2002, format, 3 min
Harald Thys and Jos de Gruyter, Die Fregatte (The Frigate), 2008, video, 19 min
Tamar Guimaraes, Tropical blow up, 2009, video, 4 min 45 sec
Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer, Flash in the Metropolitan, 2006, 16mm, 3 min

Originally shown as part of the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images 2012

7.30 – 8.45pm
Tramway 1 (screening)

Kenneth Anger, Puce Moment, 1949, 16mm, 7 min
Agnieszka Polska, Plunderer’s Dream, 2011, HD video, 3 min 56 sec
Isabelle Cornaro, Premier reve d’Oskar Fischinger (Part 1 and Part 2), 2008, 2-channel 16mm transferred to minidv, 3 min 14 sec
Shana Moulton, The Galactic Pot Healer, 2010, video, 8 min 32 sec
Ulla Von Brandenburg, The Objects, 2009, super-16mm transferred to HD & Blu-ray, 5 min 37 sec
Ursula Mayer, The Lunch in Fur / Le Dejeuner en Fourrure, 2008, 16mm, 7 min 30 sec
The Twilight Zone, episode “The After Hours”, 1960, 30 min

Originally shown as part of the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images 2012

9 – 10pm
BEN RIVERS: Friends with Benefits
Tramway 1 (screening)

Ron Rice, Senseless, 1962, 16mm, 28 min
Robert Nelson, Deep Westurn, 1974, 16mm, 5 min
Laida Lertxundi, Footnotes to a House of Love, 2007, 16mm, 13 min
Ute Aurand, Paulina, 2011, 16mm, 5 min
Ute Aurand, Franz, 2011, 16mm, 5 min
George Kuchar, We, The Normal, 1988, video, 11 min 29 sec
Stephen Sutcliffe, The Garden of Proserpine, 2008, video, 3 min

Originally shown as part of the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images 2012

End – Cafe bar open until 11pm

DAY 3 – Sunday 16th September

NB: All start times are approximate – arrive early to avoid disappointment

11.30 – 1.30pm
Open Critical Forum
Tramway studio

Free to festival ticket holders – booking required, limited capacity of 20 particpants.

2 – 3pm
Tramway 1 (screening)

Tom Sachs, Ten Bullets, 2010, video, 21 min 7 sec
John Smith, Associations, 1975, video, 7 min
Oliver Laric, Versions, 2010, video, 9 min
Hennessy Youngman (Jayson Musson), Performance Art, 2012, video, 10 min 52
Mark Leckey, Proposal for a show, 2010, video, 11 min 43

3.10 – 4pm
AMELIA BYWATER: submerged narrative
Tramway 1 (screening)

Martha Haslanger, Syntax, 1974, 16mm, 13 min
Falke Pisano and Benoit Maire, The Wave, 2009,16mm, 13 min 57 sec
John Baldessari, Some Words I Mispronounce, 1971, video, 2 min 20 sec
Leslie Thornton, X-TRACTS, 1975, 16mm, 9 min
Stephanie Barber, flower, the boy, the librarian, 1996, 16mm, 5 min

4.30 – 5.30pm
MICHELLE COTTON: On the Custom of Wearing Clothes
Tramway 1 (screening)

Bonnie Camplin, Get Me a Mirror, 2004, video, 5 min 58 sec
Spartacus Chetwynd, Call of the Wild, 2007, 16mm, 7 min
George Barber, Schweppes Ad, 1995, video, 4 min
Wim T Schippers, Phil Bloom reading a newspaper on Hoepla, 1967, 1 min 19 sec
Michel Auder, The Games: Olympic Variations, 1984, video, 25 min
Jennifer West, Naked Deep Creek Hot Springs Film (16mm film neg soaked in lithium hot springs water, Jack Daniels and pot – exposed with flashlights – skinnydipping by Karen Liebowitz, Benjamon Britton & Jwest), 2007, 16mm film negative transferred to digital video, 2 min 33 sec
Shahryar Nashat, One More Time with James, 2009, HD video, 4 min
Neo Naturists, Film TBC
Anthea Hamilton, Venice, 2011, video, 4 min 27 sec

Originally shown as part of the LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images 2012

6 – 6.45pm
Panel Discussion / Audience Q & A
Tramway 4

Free to festival ticket holders – limited capacity of 130

6.45 – 7.30pm
TOM VARLEY: Some words I mispronounce
Tramway 1 (screening)

Peter Rose, The Pressures of the Text, 1983, video,16 min
Emily Wardill, The Diamond (Descartes’ Daughter), 2008, 16mm, 11 min
Paul Elliman, Whistle Tip (from Sirens Taken for Wonders), 2009, sound, 11min
John Baldessari, Some Words I Mispronounce, 1971, 16mm transfer to DVD, 3 min
Stephanie Beroes, Valley Fever, 1979 16mm20min

8 – 9.30pm
S1 Artspace SALON
Tramway 1 (screening)

Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, 1974, video, 5 min
Laura Buckley, Chroma/Levante, 2011, video, 2 min 46 sec
Daniel Shanken, Blossom, 2011, video. 9 min 39 sec
Daniel Jacoby, The Orange Bathing Suit, 2009, 3 min
Jenny Baines, Untitiled (Kokkola), 2011, 2 min
Sara Bjarland, Take-Off, 2010, 4 min 30 sec
George Kuchar, Weather Diary # 3, 1988, 25 min
Lindsay Foster, Downward, Acension (Ode to the Flaneur), 2010, 8 min 42 sec