Film London Greenlights Four New Artist Films
Date posted: 06.06.2012
Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) are investing £145,000 of production funding in four new moving image projects from London-based artists.
The four new projects, from Zarina Bhimji, Sebastian Buerkner, Rachel Reupke and Jane & Louise Wilson, are commissioned through FLAMIN Productions, a unique production fund which provides artists with the opportunity to produce ambitious and original moving image works. Supported by Arts Council England, FLAMIN Productions is dedicated to investing in artists working with the moving image, funding large scale, single screen works which represent a significant step forward in an artist's practice.
The scheme, which provides vital development funding and support, as well as bespoke training, advice and professional mentoring, attracts some of the capital's most innovative moving image artists with projects that push the boundaries of the art form. FLAMIN Productions has produced a range of films which have received international success, including Ben Rivers' award-winning and critically acclaimed Two Years at Sea, which was released theatrically in the UK by Soda Pictures and Elizabeth Price's West Hinder, which premiered at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art as part of the exhibition that secured her a nomination for this year's Turner Prize.
Now in its third year, FLAMIN Productions is greenlighting four major new commissions, each representing a new development and challenge for the artists selected. The scheme is backing 1999 Turner prize nominees Jane & Louise Wilson for their project The Toxic Camera following on from their recent exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Art, Janbar by Zarina Bhimji, who's recent work featured in solo shows in London, Chicago and Switzerland and was Turner nominated in 2007, Wine & Spirits by Rachel Reupke, who's recent work has screened in New York, Singapore and the ICA in London, and The Chimera of M by Sebastian Buerkner, who has exhibited his recent moving image works in Glasgow, Wiesbaden and London.
FLAMIN Productions is based around an open submission process, through which projects are selected to receive development support before submitting a full tender for production funding. This year projects were assessed by a panel comprising of Ian White, artist, writer and curator; Elisabetta Fabrizi, curator and writer, and Charlotte Ginsborg, film-maker and previous recipient of FLAMIN Productions funding, alongside representatives from Film London.
The fourth round of FLAMIN Productions funding will open for applications in early Autumn 2012. Further announcements will be made over the coming months.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: "Over the last three years, FLAMIN Productions has commissioned successful films which are impressing both the film and art worlds as well as finding audiences. As part of Film London's strategy to ensure we continue to discover and nurture London's film-making talent, FLAMIN plays a very important role in supporting artist film-makers to make interesting works which straddle and challenge the conventions of both art and film. This work would not be possible without the crucial funding we receive from Arts Council England and I am very proud of what we have achieved to date and look forward to producing great new work in the future."
Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England said: "Supporting artists at key stages in their careers lies at the heart of what the Arts Council does, and we are proud to fund FLAMIN Productions through the inclusion of Film London in our National Portfolio. This will give artists working in moving image the chance to create work that matches their artistic ambitions. We look forward to seeing this work come to fruition over the next few years, as well as the impact it has on the careers of the artists involved."
Maggie Ellis, Head of Production and Talent Development at Film London said: "FLAMIN Productions currently represents a unique opportunity within the art film sector, offering substantial financial investment alongside a generous raft of practical support. The four projects we have selected look set to repeat the fantastic success of the FLAMIN slate and I look forward to seeing the artists and their projects realise their tremendous potential."
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Notes to Editors
FLAMIN Productions Latest Commissions:
The Chimera of M by Sebastian Buerkner
The Chimera of M will be a 25 minute, stereoscopic (3D) digital animation. The film will explore issues of social longing, intimacy, loss, aspiration, lust, and identity. The story is told from the viewpoint of an ambiguous, first person narrator, utilising the visual possibilities of the 3D viewing experience to immerse the spectator into a perceived world.
The Chimera of M is supported by Elephant Trust and Phoenix Square Leicester.
Sebastian Buerkner studied painting in Germany then moved to London to complete his fine art education with an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002, where he was awarded a Fellowship Residency the following year. His work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows internationally. Since 2004 his art practice has shifted exclusively to animation. Recent exhibitions have included the Whitechapel Project Space, London in 2007, The Showroom, London in 2008, Tramway, Glasgow and Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden in 2009 and Sketch, London in 2010.
Jangbar by Zarina Bhimji
Jangbar will be a single screen gallery work of 25-30 minutes in length, shot on 35mm on location in East Africa (specifically Zanzibar and Kenya). The film takes as its starting point the trade and immigration routes between India and Africa. Jangbar will use research and real events to create a fictional film, formed around a non-linear narrative told through sound and image. The filming will focus on architecture and landscape, as well as the body, language, voice and dialogue - a new development in the artist's practice. Bhimji is interested in the spaces, micro details and the light of these distant interiors. Light is an intricate, important element of the composition: the stillness has a suspension of everyday life and narrative is defined by mood and mystery and incompleteness.
Jangbar is co-produced with Artsadmin and supported by New Art Exchange Nottingham.
Zarina Bhimji was born in Mbarara, Uganda to Indian parents, and moved to Britain in 1974, two years after the expulsion of Uganda's Asian community in the Idi Amin era. Bhimji trained in London at Goldsmiths College (1983-86) and The Slade School of Fine Art (1987-89). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions have included the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and the Whitechapel Gallery in 2012. Her work is currently showing at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland.
Wine & Spirits by Rachel Reupke
Wine and Spirits is a film about alcohol and romantic relationships and the rituals that link the two. The work will be constructed with dialogue revealed through text, seen to be spoken but not heard, accompanied by a music soundtrack. It is to be around 20-30 minutes in duration. The use of silence will act as a device through which difficulties in communication between two people can be made viscerally present, with the presence or absence of inter-titles forming an important structural element of the work. Stylistically the film will refer strongly to advertising with the use of artificial lighting and highly composed still lives.
Rachel Reupke's work considers the trials of everyday life through the smokescreen of commercial image production. She was the recipient of the 2009 Bristol Mean Time residency, and her recent exhibitions include Images Rendered Bare. Vacant. Recognizable. at Stadium, New York, Transformed Land at Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris and Video, an Art, a History: 1965-2010, at Singapore Art Museum. Recent screenings include LUX New Work UK: Alma Mater at Whitechapel Gallery and Artist's Film Club at ICA, London.
The Toxic Camera by Jane and Louise Wilson
The Toxic Camera will be a new 20-25 minute work based on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The film will explore the interconnecting stories of a radioactive camera, the cameraman who had filmed with it and his relationship with his assistants. It is inspired by the film "Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks" made by Ukrainian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko in the days immediately following the disaster. Upon processing the film, Shevchenko noticed portions of it were heavily pockmarked and affected by static interference, coinciding with the sound of measuring radiation from the Geiger counter.
The artists intend to make a film of the site where Shevchenko's subsequently radioactive camera is buried. They also intend to incorporate footage from Orford Ness, the former H-Bomb testing site in Suffolk.
The Toxic Camera is co-produced with Forma Arts and Media.
Jane and Louise Wilson are British artists born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who work together as a sibling duo. Their art work is based in video, film and photography. The pair completed their fine art education with an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1992 and were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999. Jane and Louise have recently exhibited at the British Film Institute Gallery in 2009, the John Hansard Gallery in 2011, and Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2012.
About FLAMIN Productions:
FLAMIN Productions is a scheme for artists who are working with the moving image as their chosen medium, producing work which draws on the legacy of both fine art and film. Funding and development will be awarded to experimental work which has the potential to push the boundaries of the artform. The fund will support mid-career artists who have some experience in making moving image work. FLAMIN Productions prioritises projects which represent a significant leap in an artist's practice and can be screened and/or exhibited widely.
Launched in 2009, FLAMIN Productions commissions includes the debut feature from artist Ben River, Two Years At Sea which received its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award for the Best Film screening in the Festival's Orizzonti section.
Film London, with funding from Arts Council England (ACE), is a major supporter of artists' film-making, through the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). FLAMIN was launched by Film London in 2005 as a one-stop resource to provide London-based artists working in the moving image with access to funding, guidance and development opportunities. Through unique commissioning funds FLAMIN has commissioned over 100 productions, and supported the careers of countless other artists with programmes of one-to-one advice sessions, residencies and workshops.
About Film London
Film London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London's activities include:
- Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
- Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East's position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
- Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
- Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
- Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
- Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
- Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's film industry and culture
Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI. www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk
London’s Screen Archives, recently held the Screen Heritage conference “Future-proofing Our Collections: Unleashing the Power of Archive Film” to discuss the value of archive film and its potential to bring together communities and inspire new audiences.