Offsite Projects Archive
- 'EYECATCHER II':
Georgia Lucas-Going, Marianne Murray, Tilly Shiner, Rhea Storr
- 28 October to 23 December 2017
- Big Screen Southend
First presented in early 2017, this continued series seeks to provide focus for the work of emerging moving image artists with the provision of a platform for the daily screening of artist moving image in the public realm.‘EYECATCHER’ refers to the motif of the Big Screen as a feature that commands or enhances our attention as we enter Elmer Square. Each series is chosen to reflect the current concerns of the gallery programme.
Upon the successive screening of four ‘EYECATCHER’ series, each participating artist will be considered for a new Big Screen commission in 2018/19, with the opportunity to further develop their practice.
Filmed on an artist residency in Cumbria. Porcelain thimbles with the English royal family, past, present and future. It speaks about Colonialism, football and the British working class summer holidays.
'BAJAN UPKEEP', 2016
“Filmed in my studio with my Mother dancing to a fellow Bajan on the soundtrack, Rihanna. I call this piece ‘BAJAN UPKEEP’”.
'Concert Film', 2017
A Top of the Pops performance without the backing track, or an MTV showcase on mute at the dentist’s, ‘Concert Film’ is bad sound art with still slightly bad costumes.
'Hula Thunder-Clap', 2016
This film describes a series of loops and potential loops; the female protagonist hoops in a circle around a space, the camera also spins on its axis, the single roll of film loops through the camera and the escalating football chant repeats itself. Comprised of 8mm film & ‘Viking Thunder-Clap’ sound. Featuring Cathryn Quail as the performer.
'Hello Sunshine', 2017
A sunshine car air freshener is the central character. He dances and spins in front of the lens, partially blocking the frame whilst peripheral action occurs on the streets around him. The sound of an amateur band apparently rehearsing in the rain plays out the soundtrack.
'Junkanoo Talk', 2017
In this video comprised of digital and 16mm film, Storr employs the techniques of costume crafting particular to Junkanoo, a carnival of Akan origin in the Bahamas. With sound produced on the body, the piece also works with rhythms of Rake ‘n’ Scrape music, a genre also native to the Bahamas. With reference to writer James Baldwin speaking of his complexities as an African American living in France, the film also features material from the Bahamian Tourism Minister who speaks of appropriation and the body as a voice.
The film seeks a near forensic way of looking, yet the viewer is systematically denied the full picture. What is concealed or revealed is carefully orchestrated in order to facilitate a questioning of carnival. The body is considered a highly abstracted mediator to confront an identity politics which is inbetween. Authored by an artist of mixed race, Junkanoo Talk questions the slippages which occur when a language performs.
About the artists:
Georgia Lucas Going is a contemporary UK artist from Luton born in 1988. Currently a scholar at the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation her work exists in a range of mediums from installation to sculpture, performance and video art - the work confronts themes of stereotypes, power dynamics, also exploring humour and self taught ‘survival techniques’.
Marianne Murray makes films, among other things, which draw from trashy cinema, music video, kid’s TV and theatre. She creates stories through songs, dances and props, challenging the viewer to invest in narratives despite a shoddy exterior. Her most recent film, 10000 BC, made in association with Dazed & Confused and ICA for Channel 4’s Random Acts, mixes Marxist-Feminist anthropology with the aesthetics of Raquel Welch fur bikini vehicle 1 Million Years BC.
Tilly Shiner graduated from Central Saint Martins (2012) and was selected for the first Acme Residency and Awards: CSM Associate Studio Programme (2013-16). She has exhibited work in artist led projects such as Chelmsford, Radio still loves you (2015), MONO at Cine 13, Paris and Courtyard Theatre, London (2015), Dreamworks, London (2016), P-a-r-a-/-/-e/l at LimboLimbo, London (2017). She has also participated in film festivals such as Manchester Film Festival (2012), Flatpack Festival, Birmingham (2013) and 60 Seconds Festival, Copenhagen (2017).
Rhea Storr is concerned with image making in relation to black culture, questioning perspectives and exploring performing bodies. She utilizes film and digital recordings, obsolete and current technologies and is particularly interested in the masquerade. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and University of Oxford. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Black British Shorts, ICA London, Aesthetica Short Film.
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