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  • 'A Retreat in Time'
  • 15 October 2016 to 8 January 2017
  • Big Screen Southend

Big Screen Southend
runs an ongoing programme of artist films to coincide with a quarterly artist commission led by Focal Point Gallery. Each quarter is presented in association with the gallery programme and is viewable on a daily schedule between 8.00-10.00am, 12.00-2.00pm, 4.00-6.00pm 7 days a week.

To coincide with 'Exhibition for Go-Getters', the first major solo exhibition in the UK for Austrian artist Torsten Slama, a series of 6 moving image works are presented on Big Screen Southend at the centre of Elmer Square.

Alison Ballance
Julia Crabtree and William Evans
Joey Holder
Sean Lavelle
Peter Simpson
Rafal Zajko

Film Programme

Alison Ballance
Well Spent, 2016

A new video based on unsent correspondence written about dream drawings, textiles, labour and production.

Julia Crabtree and William Evans
Critters, 2015

An object struggles to animate itself within a landscape that couldn’t be further from the green pastures of rural Cambridgeshire. Taking its form from historic radio telescopes located at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Astronomy, the object has been relocated onto the surface of an unknown planet, one that the object’s antecedents may have at one time tried to contact. Critters was developed at Wysing Arts Centre, made with Werkflow and generously supported by the Mechatronic Library and Arts Council England.

Joey Holder
P R O T E U S, 2015

PROTEUS uses footage recorded from an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) deep at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean (provided by Katrin Linse, British Antarctic Survey) where a strange landscape of 'Black Smokers' (underwater

volcanoes) and completely unique ecosystems are found. Flashing across the screen like a heads up display are genetic charts, which map the data of the creatures.

Sean Lavelle
LoopLoop, 2016

Peter Simpson
On May 24, 2012. 2016

At the end of the political spectrum, the gesture of a prisoner points to the perceptions of an architectural form that precedes the understanding of his acts: A cabin in the Montana pines, set as a retreat in time.

Rafal Zajko
Wandering Monument (ex-centric formation), 2016

As a work comprised of recent moving works and performances, Zajko expresses an ongoing interest in the idea of the monument, ruin and the potential shifts within understanding political connotations of structures having been born on the cusp of the fall of the berlin wall and the collapse of communism in Poland in the early 90's.