|Tuesdays throughout June 7.30pm
Stroud Valleys Artspace,
4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Landscapes is a remarkable collection of moving-image works by 58 Australian
and UK artists. The screenings focus on landscape to address questions
of ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic
gaze, and uniquely in Australia, the status of indigenous people
in a post-colonial society.
Recently shown at Tate Modern, the first screening in the series
will be introduced by Figuring Landscapes curator Steven
Artists' Film and Video Study Collection).
This is the first in a series of events to be presented by Mezzanine
01 Engagement (65 mins)
Tue 2nd June 7.30pm
A selection of films in which landscape is experienced as a spatial
encounter with specific places, journeying across distance and memory,
custom and industry, on land, on water and through the air. Amongst
the artists featured is Andrew Kötting who, with his folklorist's
ear for the humour of the vernacular, takes a boat upstream in Jaunt;
while in Petrolia Emily Richardson uses time lapse techniques to
look at the oil industry on the Scottish coast.
02 Encounter (60
Tue 9th June 7.30pm
The political and cultural engagement with place and being on the
land are unpacked and imaginatively reinvigorated in this screening.
The programme includes Ann Donnelly's Political
Landscape, a video interpreting Northern Ireland's conflicted landscape
from the perspective of personal family history, and Vernon
Ah Kee's Cant Cant (Wegrewhere)
in which the iconic surfing beach of white mythology is reappropriated
by Aborginal surfers.
03 Surroundings (70 mins)
Tue 16th June 7.30pm
This programme explores the ambiance of place as it resonates from
the broad scope of the horizon to the intimacy of the closely observed.
In Shaun Gladwell's Approach to Mundi Mundi, the
sublime immensity of the Outback acts as the backdrop to a black-leather-clad
biker. In contrast Mike Marshall's Days Like These
is about the space of an English garden.
Tue 23rd June 7.30pm
Figures in the landscape: human presence writes and performs the
landscape as much as the landscape inscribes and enacts human presence.
In Margaret Tait's Portrait of Ga, the fragmented
impressions of her mother (an elderly Orcadian) form a "film
artist Patricia Piccinini makes immersive computer-generated
environments which, in her film Sandman, creates a sense of terror
as a girl drifts in a tempestous ocean.
05 Anti-Terrain (120 mins)
Tue 30th June 7.30pm
Landscape is shaped by our relationship to it. Custodianship of
the land and its efficacy transcends a human lifetime. Esther
Johnson's Hinterland plays as a poem to the people who
inhabit Europe's fastest eroding coastline. In Semiconductor's
All the Time in the World, the siesmic activity beneath Northumbria
is reanimated to sculpt and bring to life the constantly shifting
£3.00 or £12.00 for all five screenings
£12 full colour catalogue
For booking tel: 01453 751440