Thursday, 30 October 2008

Through the Looking Glass

I have spent the better half of this week supervising a Video Art Workshop here in Lagos and its been really exciting working with artist from around Nigeria who work in a broad range of arts, from sound art to photography, poetry to performance. Most of the artists were experiencing Video Art for the first time and now they are really running with it! See http://artspeakafrica.blogspot.com/ for more info. The workshop has been run by members of theoneminutes organisation, who work with video art that lasts only a minute, see www.theoneminutes.org, also see my residencies section for their current open call.

Watching the artist work made me a little jealous as I would love to produce my own piece (when you work in arts admin you sometimes wonder whether or not you should be producing work)! I had a lot of encouragement from the lead artists and the participants who pushed me to come up with a concept. Having worked in both poetry and fashion I gravitated to these two areas of interest. Unfortunately time was not permitting to actually make my film (I do intend to one day bring my ideas to life), but it was nice to think about producing something.

If you cant wait for me to get my film finished you can get a bit more info on poetryfilm at www.poetryfilm.com or check out www.fashioninfilm.com.

Fashion in Film at Friday Late at the V&A
Friday 31 October 2008, 19:15 till late

Fashion in Film presents a new programme at French Connection Friday Late at the V&A, in conjunction with Cold War Modern.
Under socialism, fashion was essentially anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist. The "clothing culture" was supposed to aid the “all-round development of the socialist personality”, but the centrally-planned clothing that resulted often didn't fit the desires. In this programme we present some of the most eloquent newsreels and documentaries from post-war East Germany and Czechoslovakia exploring the rhetoric of "socialist fashion". Spanning restrained modernist taste, the majestic International Fashion Congresses, fashion espionage and the mockery of “Western” extravagance, the programme reveals complex issues and tensions, showing fashion as a key player in Cold War propaganda.
Curated by Renate Stauss and Marketa Uhlirova and presented in association with BFI Southbank. With thanks to Progress Film-Verleih GmbH and Kratky Film Praha.
For more detail visit the Friday Late website: www.vam.ac.uk/fcfridaylate + click October

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