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Non-linear / Dark Cinema

screenings by Charlotte Prodger, Dan Walwin, James Richards, Leslie Thornton, Ulijona Odišarija and Alia Syed,  curated by Shama Khanna
Charlotte Prodger, Passing as a Great Grey Owl, 2017, Courtesy: the artist

04.07.17, 7:30pm at Close-Up Film Centre London

warehouse present a program exploring darkness in the cinema, featuring works by Charlotte Prodger, Dan Walwin, James Richards and Leslie Thornton, Ulijona Odišarija and Alia Syed. “All of the works have literal darkness in them – what does this kind of seeing in the dark permit? Other references assimilate darkness: subterranean and submerged (beneath the liquid screen?) post-human visions transmitted via inverted and black and white imaging; chiaroscuro and carefully lit performance; mirroring and enfolded, intimate narratives. Here artificial darkness is privileged over scenes filmed in daylight, which come as a shock or aberration.” (Shama Khanna)

La Bouche, Camilo Restrepo, 2017, 19’09 min, Colour, Digital
Swan, Alia Syed, 1986, 4 min, B/W, 16mm
Passing as a Great Grey Owl, Charlotte Prodger, 2017, 6 min, Colour, Digital
hd live tame [version], Dan Walwin, 2017, 13’19 min, Colour, Digital
Crossing, James Richards & Leslie Thornton, 2016, 19’10 min, Colour, Digital
Eyebrow, Ulijona Odišarija, 2016, 3 min, Colour, Digital


James Richards and Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016, film still, Courtesy: the artists


Alia Syed was born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales and lives between London and Glasgow. She has been making experimental films in Britain for over 25 years.
Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including BBC Arts Online (currently), The Triangle Space: Chelsea College of Arts (2014), Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Tate Britain, London (2003); Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, Scotland (2002); Iniva, London (2002); The New Art Gallery in Walsall (2002); and Tate Modern, London (2000). Syed’s films have also been the subject of several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi.
She is represented by Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi and was nominated for the Jarman Award in 2015.

Camilo Restrepo (born in 1975, Medellín, Colombia) has lived and worked in Paris, France since 1999. He is a member of L’Abominable, an artist-run film laboratory. His films have been selected in festivals including Toronto, New York and Locarno where he has won the Pardino d’Argento two years running.

Charlotte Prodger (b.1974) lives in Glasgow and is represented by Hollybush Gardens and Koppe Astner. Solo shows include Subtotal, Sculpture Center, New York (2017); BRIDGIT, Hollybush Gardens, London (2016); Charlotte Prodger, Kunstverein Düsseldorf (2016); 8004-8019, Spike Island, Bristol (2015); Nephatiti, Glasgow International (2014); Markets with The Block, Chelsea Space, London (2014) and Percussion Biface 1-13, Studio Voltaire (2012), London. Group shows and screenings include Lichtspiele, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); British Art Show 8 (2016); Weight of Data, Tate Britain, London (2015); The Secret Life, Murray Guy, New York (2015); An Interior that Remains an Exterior, Künstlerhaus Graz (2015); Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain, Tate Britain (2014), Holes in the Wall, Kunsthalle Freiburg (2013) and Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013). Performances include London (2014); Performances include Orange Helvetica Title Sequence, NY Book Art Fair, MOMA PS1 with Bookworks (2014); Fwd: Rock Splits Boys, Café Oto, London, with Electra and Re: Re: Homos and Light, Artists Space, New York, collaboration with Mason Leaver-Yap ( both 2013). Charlotte Prodger won the 2014 Margaret Tait Award and is shortlisted for the 2017 Jarman Award. She has forthcoming solo shows at Tramway, Glasgow, Bergen Kunsthall and If I Can’t Dance I don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam.

Dan Walwin (1986, Frome, UK) studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London, and was resident artist at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include Lurkier crush of the rail, CIAP, Hasselt and Thanks gods, A Maior, Viseu (both 2017), and Winds, Cell Project Space, London (2015).

James Richards (*1983 Cardiff, UK) is a British artist who lives in Berlin. Richards studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. The artist is currently represented Wales at the 57th Venice Art Biennial 2017. Recent solo shows include Requests and Antisongs , ICA, London (2016), Crumb Mahogany , Bergen Kunsthall, 2016, James Ri chards , Kunstverein München (2015) and Not Blacking Out Just Turning The Lights Off , Chisenhale, London (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Cut To Swipe , Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015), Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms , 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), S p e c ula tio n s O n A n o n y m o u s M a t e rials , Fridericianum, Kassel (2014), Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then , 12th Lyon Biennial (2013) and The Encyclopedic Palace , 55th Venice Biennial (2013). Crossing will be shown at Whitney Biennial, New York, in 2017.

Leslie Thornton (*1951, in Knoxville, Tennesse, US) has long been considered a pioneer of contemporary media aesthetics, working at the borders and limits of cinema, video and digital forms. She is known for engaging a range of charged subjects, from Feminism, Orientalism to the exfoliations of war, to the disposition of non-human species. Such seminal works as the 33 year serial Peggy and Fred in Hell (starting 1984) occupy a unique place in media history, cited as a masterwork of 20th Century film and video art. Thornton honors and awards include the Maya Deren Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Herb Albert Award in Film/Video. Her work has been screened and installed around the world, including at MoMA PS1, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. Crossing will be shown at Whitney Biennial, New York, in 2017. As a Professor of Media at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, US, among others, Leslie Thornton has influenced an entire generation of artists. She lives and works in New York.

Ulijona Odišarija is a Lithuanian-Georgian artist living and working in London. She uses video, photography, objects and installation. She completed Masters in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2016.
Her work has been presented at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (2017), Assembly Point and ICA in London (2016), Import Projects in Berlin (2016), UNNAWAY in Huddersfield (2016), PAKT in Amsterdam (2015), Showroom in New York (2014) and was published in a book on young Lithuanian photography ‘Like there’s no tomorrow’ (Rupert, 2013) and ‘Lithuanian Photography: Yesterday And Today’ (Union Of The Lithuanian Art Photographers, 2016).

Daniel Walwin, hd live tame [version], 2017, Courtesy: the artist

Work descriptions

Camilo Restrepo – La Bouche (2017), 16mm to video, colour, 19’ 09”
A man learns his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband. Time stands still as he oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge.
A musical featuring Guinean percussion master, Mohamed Bangoura (“Red Devil”), loosely based on his own story.

Alia Syed – Swan (1986), 16mm, B&W, silent, 4’
Constructed with cyclical close up views of a white swan preparing for flight, flexing and caressing, extending and folding its wings repeatedly as if bracing for a long journey. The contours of its body covered with softness of down bathed in light, play gracefully with the shadows and dark crevices of emptiness. While being seduced by the softness of its skin and gentle movements of the body one becomes aware of the uncomfortable closeness to this creature and its latent power and are reminded of Yeats’ Leda and the Swan ‘great wings beating still above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed by dark webs, her nape caught in his bill’.

Charlotte Prodger – Passing as a Great Grey Owl (2017), HD video, 6’
Commissioned for an event in Glasgow hosted by LUX and LUX Scotland, to celebrate the life and work of Ian White (1971–2013) and to mark the publication of Here Is Information. Mobilise: Selected Writings by Ian White.
Found footage of a female biologist mimicking the call of the male Great Grey Owl is counterposed with video of the legs of women as they urinate in various wildernesses. The collision of these activities in landscape points towards an exuberant queer territoriality. This work includes a passage from of I am (for The Birds), the final text in the book Here is Information. Mobilise: Selected Writings by Ian White.

Daniel Walwin – hd live tame [version] (2017), HD video, 14’ 11” [this version 13’19”]

James Richards and Leslie Thornton – Crossing (2016), HD video, 19’ 10”
Crossing is the result of a collaborative project between James Richards (*1983 Cardiff, UK) and the American avant-garde filmmaker Leslie Thornton (*1951 Knoxville, Tennessee, US). These two important video artists from different generations share similar artistic methods: they use found and self-produced images to create affective and intimate collages. James Richards first encountered Leslie Thornton’s films as a student. The film was created in an intensive dialogue between the two artists.

Ulijona Odišarija – Eyebrow (2016), HD video, 3’

In Eyebrow the artist reads a text about her grandfather. Commissioned by Deep Splash.