Artists' Film: Selected 12

a circle set within a black rectangle. within the circle is a figure dancing with illustrated hands around them and a close up of their head behind them
Still from 'Icarus' by Jessy Jetpacks, 2020

Join us for an in-conversation as part of Selected 12, with artist April Lin, moderated by Jamie Wyld.

Selected 12 is a collection of diverse, surprising and provocative new films by early career artists: Sarah Gonnet, Sophie Hoyle, Jessy Jetpacks, Seo Hye Lee, April Lin 林森, Laura Lulika, Jennifer Mehigan and Ker Wallwork. The eight artists were selected by Adham Faramawy and Guy Oliver (shortlisted artists for the 2021 Film London Jarman Award), FLAMIN and videoclub to bring a thought-provoking programme celebrating diverse filmmaking talent to your screens this autumn.

Programme

Womb – Sarah Gonnet, 2018, 2:17 mins

Womb is a poetic autobiographical film about​ drawing artistic inspiration from the practice of hoarding and collecting. Sarah is a hoarder of books, films and art. Her collection helps her to feel safe in a world where she has been repeatedly sexually assaulted. ​This escapism into other worlds has formed a hoard that inspires Sarah to create her own art, films, and writings.

Hyperacusis (Part 1) – Sophie Hoyle, 2021, 7 mins

Hyperacusis (Part 1) is a personal exploration of scientific constructs and narratives around migration, race and the categorisation of social groups. Through experiments by the artist at the biohacking lab UrsuLAB in Bourges, they explore the intergenerational impacts of racism, colonialism, ableism and other socioeconomic inequalities. Made as part of an EMAP/EMARE residency at Antre Peaux, Bourges.

Content Warning: Contains footage of a scalpel incision into skin, a wound, and blood being handled in a lab setting.

Icarus – Jessy Jetpacks, 2020, 3:57 mins

Icarus is the second track from a six-track concept album called ‘Day of the Challenger’. Originally composed and shown as part of an immersive synchronised audiovisual and virtual reality installation, this circular film was projected into a circular shadow. An eclipse. The album loops at sunrise, the passage of the sun over a barren desert is a motif echoed in the virtual reality space.

Within the virtual reality of the original installation, the viewer is granted a growing flesh body that disintegrates into a stellar nursery. In this video, the singing character appears as three avatars traversing a barren desert, made partly of flesh. At one point a fourth wall is introduced and broken as the artist scribbles clumsily on the screen.

The visual signifiers tell a story of transcending the self and depersonalising the narrative, but the song lyrics speak of the price of ambition. The original story of Icarus is that he escaped his city prison on homemade wings. Then in his joy, he perished by flying too high as the wax holding the wings melted under an unforgiving sun. These days you don’t even need to fly to get burned.

Adhering to the norms of your place, knowing what you should and shouldn’t do. It is difficult but it is not problematic. The defence sequence is automatic.

[sound of subtitles] – Seo Hye Lee, 2021, 1:37 mins

[sound of subtitles] is purposefully silent, allowing the audience to travel through the transition of videos and texts to conjure their own interpretation of sounds and events. By juxtaposing abstract, action and music-based subtitles, the artist aims to highlight how powerful the use of imagery and words can be and how much this can alter our perception of events. Regardless of hearing ability, one can explore their own unique soundscape and reimagine the meaning of listening.

TR333 – April Lin 林森, 2021, 10 mins

In collaboration with ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, artist-filmmaker April Lin 林森 presents TR333, a speculative documentary which imagines a new species of tree based on the scientific literature on plants and climate hardiness. Their hybrid forms and body parts are a patchwork amalgamation of different tree types, this tree is a climate adaptative response, a lifeform born out of resilience and hope. As the spirit inhabiting the tree emerges to converse with the viewer, they share with us their experiences of ecocidal generational trauma, urging us to reflect on the ways all the beings on the planet are deeply interlinked and to honour our collective responsibility towards one another. Using a blend of 3D animation, found footage, and a musical score based on data sonification, TR333 uses the speculative to recast the ecological crisis, asking ‘Why is this important?’ from a multispecies and affective gaze.

Commissioned by Sheffield DocFest and supported by Wellcome.

A leak, a draft, a mold, a flame – Laura Lulika, 2022, 9 mins

a leak, a draft, a mold, a flame, is anxiety-insomnia induced late night wonderings in the phone notepad. It's a fear of the unstable, a love for connection and disgust for the landlord. It's the shame and celebration of waste and being wasteful. It's speculative imaginings of a world in the pipes and gutters beyond the skin-brick, of where that could take us. Using a record of clogs and blockages from Lulika's own home and neighbourhood, in combination with recent personal experiences of being sick and housebound, a leak, a draft, a mold, a flame, wants to connect with your own creatures of the bog.

Honeysuckle Joyride – Jennifer Mehigan, 2021, 12:37 mins

Honeysuckle Joyride is a commissioned video essay in response to Bassam Al-Sabah’s show I AM ERROR at Gasworks, which opened in Summer 2021. The essay considers themes of decay, inter-species kinship and the Irish landscape through a post-humanist lens. Footage of various locations around the island is layered with computer-generated imagery, uncovering personal or domestic materialities of queerness, grief and horror as they intersect with the screen, and ideas of truth and reality in a space where public and private spheres are constantly colliding with and abstracting each other.

small wet mouth – Ker Wallwork, 2019, 12 mins

small wet mouth is a 12-minute moving image piece exploring experiences of porousness, dissatisfaction and miscommunication. The visual material is a playful exploration of materials that can cross the thresholds of bodies (ours and animal) and cause lasting changes in broad ecosystems, and internal functions (particularly endocrine/hormonal functions).

The audio narrates the routine and unexpected activities of Nadia, Doug, and Whatshername as their paths cross at a fishing pond, where the effects of environmental chemicals are witnessed, and perhaps utilised.

Commissioned by Cicely Farrer, LifeSpace Gallery for the exhibition 'Disentangle: Science in a Gendered World' 2019

About the event

Free.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one and a half hours. The screening will take place in The Space and is seated.

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April Lin 林森 (b. 1996, Stockholm — they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator investigating image-making and world-building as sites for the construction, sustenance, and dissemination of co-existent yet conflicting truths. Working across moving image, performance, creative computing and installation, they dream & explore & critique & fret & catastrophise & imagine & play — for a collective remembering of forgotten pasts, for a critical examination of normalised presents, and for a visualising of freer futures as, of course, imagined from the periphery.

Interweaving strands of auto-biography, documentary, queer ecology, and new media, April Lin 林森’s works are topped off with an inevitable garnish consisting of the other matters dialoguing with their brain and heart during the making process of each piece. Uniting their genre-fluid body of work is a commitment to centring oppressed knowledges, building an ethics of collaboration around reciprocal care, and exploring the linkages between history, memory, and interpersonal and structural trauma.

Their work has been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image New York, Sheffield DocFest, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the V&A Museum, HOME, Malmö Konstmuseum, LA Filmforum, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Manchester Art Galley, MADATAC, Arebyte Gallery, Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, NOWNESS Asia, and 4:3 Boiler Room.

videoclub is an artists’ moving image platform showing artists’ work across the UK and internationally. We support artists through curated programmes, engaging the public through screenings, exhibitions, talks, residencies, and commissions.

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) supports London-based artists working in moving image, working in partnership to deliver a comprehensive programme including production award schemes, regular screenings, talks and events, as well as the prestigious annual Film London Jarman Award.

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