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Film London announces FLAMIN Productions Shortlist 2010

Date posted: 21.09.2010

Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) today announced the FLAMIN Productions Shortlist 2010. Projects by 11 artist film-makers - including those whose work has been exhibited recently in London such as Emily Wardill, Jennet Thomas and Laure Prouvost - have secured FLAMIN Productions Development Awards which includes funding and bespoke mentoring. At the end of this professional development programme, up to five of these projects will be selected for production, receiving financial support of up to £50,000 each to turn the concepts into realities.

FLAMIN Productions is supported by Arts Council England and the Development Awards offer a unique and essential period for artists to refine ideas and acquire the skills and contacts to realise the work to their best potential. The artists and their projects are:

Brad Butler and Karen Mirza - Direct Speech Acts: on language as violence

Shezad Dawood - The Melancholy Departure of Representative 7669

Laura Gannon - her grace o'malice

Hilary Koob-Sassen - Frankenstein In Filletville/Songs of the Swamp/The Syntax Octopus

Ursula Mayer - GONDA

Laure Prouvost - The Wanderer

Grace Schwindt - My Grandparents' Tenant

Jennet Thomas - SCHOOL OF CHANGE

Eileen Simpson and Ben White - Auditory Learning (working title)

Emily Wardill - Fulll Firearms

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa - A Film About Houses and Death

The FLAMIN Productions Development Awards are a major opportunity for London artist film-makers. The artists selected have demonstrated fresh creative approaches to moving image practice with a project which will enable them to reach the next step in their career. The Awards recognise work that is ambitious in premise and duration (20 minutes or more) with an emphasis on those with strong potential to reach audiences via galleries, cinema, broadcast and/or digital platforms.

125 entries were received for consideration for this year's awards, featuring an outstanding level of quality - a testament to the scheme's synergy with current moving image practice, and proof of FLAMIN Production's regard within the industry.

The 11 projects were selected by Film London and FLAMIN representatives in close collaboration with external industry assessors: Ian White, Adjunct Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery; Josephine Lanyon, curator and consultant and artist Elizabeth Price.

In addition to their outstanding creative quality, a key characteristic shared between all the awarded projects and artists is the potential to benefit greatly from the mentoring and financial support offered, boosting their chances of securing production funding.

Launched in March 2009, FLAMIN Productions is a commissioning scheme which goes beyond simply producing work - it is committed to nurturing talent and supporting innovative artists in their professional growth. Part of the already well established and successful Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the fund is creating some of the sector's most exciting work to date and reaching new audiences.

FLAMIN Productions was created as a direct result of feedback from artist film-makers looking to make more ambitious work. It also coincides with artists receiving mainstream recognition for film-making such as Sam Taylor-Wood for Nowhere Boy, Steve McQueen, who shook the film world with the critically acclaimed Hunger in 2008 and Gillian Wearing with her first feature, Self Made, being selected to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Maggie Ellis
, Head of Production at Film London comments: "The selected projects are excellent examples of the health and vibrancy the moving image is enjoying in the artistic world. We have seen an exceptionally high calibre of submissions this year, confirming these awards are essential by providing real opportunities for talent to grow professionally and break new ground. On the back of the work now being completed from the first round of FLAMIN Productions, it is clear that with the right investment of funding and mentoring, this scheme has the potential to produce very exciting and important work."

Moira Sinclair
, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London said: "This shortlist demonstrates an immense wealth of talent - both of emerging and leading artist film-makers. This scheme will offer these artists the chance to be more ambitious and to innovate, ultimately producing new work that will take them to the next stage of their careers."

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Notes to Editors:


FLAMIN Productions 2010 Shortlist, selected projects and artists:


Brad Butler and Karen Mirza - Direct Speech Acts: on language as violence

Direct Speech Acts is interested in the production, en-action and disassembly of power embedded in language. Positioning the body as the instrument of the voice, Direct Speech Acts moves across articulations of political voice and gesture through contrasting attitudes to the authority of images in drama, documentary, performance, reportage, public interventions and a series of direct speech acts mediated for the camera.

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's artistic practice is based on collaboration and dialogue - a multi-layered practice of film-making, drawing, installation, photography, performance, publishing and curating. Their work is engaged with challenging and interrogating terms such as participation, collaboration, the social turn and the 'artist as' producer and the 'audience as' recipient. Karen Mirza and Brad Butler were recipients of the 2009 production grant from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation Madrid, they were Festival Award winners at The 2010 Chicago Film Festival and were nominated for the 2010 Transmediale Award Berlin. Forthcoming work opens at Vivid in Birmingham on 3 November 2010 and they are invited artists in residence at Townhouse Gallery in Cairo 2010/11.

Shezad Dawood - The Melancholy Departure of Representative 766990
The Melancholy Departure of Representative 766990 is entirely set in and around Preston, Lancashire. The plot interweaves elements of documentary, within a character-driven narrative involving the different and changing communities in Preston. As such, apart from certain fantastical elements, it is very much a socially responsive piece of narrative film-making, utilizing science-fiction as a backdrop from which to contest fixed notions of race, migration and identity.
Appropriating many of his ideas from modern European and American aesthetics, Shezad Dawood's work generates a critical examination of identity. Utlilising his Indian and Pakistani family heritage he creates a new hybridized vocabulary that imitates and re-invents discourses rooted in post-colonial morals. Dawood's film A Mystery Play will be screened at Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2 October with live score by Daniel Lanois, and will be included in a solo exhibition at Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg, November-December 2010 (and touring). His visual art has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including recently at 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); AlterModern: Tate Trienniale at Tate Britain (2009) and Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today at Saatchi Gallery (2010). Solo exhibitions forthcoming including The Third Line Gallery, Dubai (2011), and Museum of Modern Art Oxford (2012).

Laura Gannon - her grace o'malice

her grace o'malice is a film using elements of the story of Grace O'Malley the 16th Century 'Pirate Queen' of the west of Ireland as a starting point. O'Malley led over 400 men pirating on the seas between Ireland, England and Spain. The film uses the narrative voice and an actress to explore a documented historical meeting between Grace O'Malley and Queen Elizabeth I in 1593 to investigate a number of positions including: myth and memory, identity and the questioning of the role of the female voice in the west of Ireland.
Laura Gannon is a visual artist working predominantly in 16mm and digital film and drawing. 'The primary objectives of her work are to explore human relations, the unspoken, personal histories and events that have taken place in site-specific spaces. Completed Artist Associate Programme, Lux, London, 2009. Graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, M.A fine art, 2003. Selected Solo exhibitions include: Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland 'World/Interior' (2010); Sketch Gallery, London 'Jewelled Eagle' A twelve-screen film work (2009); Whitechapel Projects, London 'A house in Cap-Martin'. A two-channel film (2007); The Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery, Dublin. 'Wordsong'. Four x16mm films (2003); and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 'Underswim' 16mm film (2000). Selected Group exhibitions include: Enter Slowly, The Lab, San Francisco, selector David Cunningham (2011); Indian Summer, Espace Ecroise, France, selector Mo Gourmelon (2010); Claremorris Open, Ireland, selector Lisa Le Feuvre 'World/Interior' (2010); Skibbereen Arts Festival, Ireland 'World/Interior' (2010); and Showtime, Gasworks, London 'Building as stage for the hand' (2008)

Hilary Koob-Sassen - Frankenstein In Filletville/Songs of the Swamp/The Syntax Octopus

Our protagonist is a sly old syntax octopus, presenting its disturbing traction out from the current religion of scientific economics, out into the ink. Its grip tightens with every error of its own or other. The bigger the error the more out it can grow.
With text, song, sculpture, film and performance Hilary Koob-Sassen navigates processual landscapes of scientific and political proposals. He writes and performs with cellist Andreas Köhler as The Errorists.His current projects include a commission from Lynch Architects for 8 sculptures for the façade of the new Victoria Library in Westminster and The Errorists - Gardeners' Songs, a project which draws metaphoric principles from gardening towards a poetic method for the design, introduction and management of systems.

Ursula Mayer - GONDA

The film GONDA works as a starting point with a pre-existing text by Ayn Rand. Known as a controversial Russian/American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand combined in her work the ideas of science fiction and philosophy, weaving it with an admixture of laissez-faire capitalism, social Darwinism, and Nietzschean individualism. In collaboration with writer Maria Fusco the script for the film will be constructed from transcripts of workshops with academics, writers, actors and artists in London.

Ursula Mayer's recent works question the perception of history through conventions such as temporal linearity and cinematic narrative. Recent exhibitions include: Kunstverein Hamburg, ICA, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm, PS1, New York and Kunsthalle Basel.

Laure Prouvost -
The Wanderer

Laure Prouvost's The Wanderer will develop from a fictional story in which a character undergoes a series of increasingly bizarre and mysterious experiences. As he tries to hold onto reality, it seems to melt from under him. Mixing everyday footage with staged interludes, the plot will constantly be undermined by disparate audio/visual elements and misunderstandings. "The Wanderer" is based on a work by artist Rory Macbeth, who has translated a Kafka novella from German into English without any knowledge of the German language and without a dictionary.

Laure Prouvost (born 1978, Lille) is an artist whose work explores ideas of translation between languages and across different media such as painting, video, sound and installation. She attended Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths College and the LUX Associate Artists Programme, and was founding director of the online exhibition platform In 2009, Laure received the EAST International Award, and her video "Monolog" won a Principle Prize at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. Other recent exhibitions include solo shows at Flat Time House ("All these things think link" 2010), Tate Britain Lightbox ("It, heat, hit" 2010), Berlin After the Butcher ("storybored" 2009) and Brighton Lighthouse ("Burrow me" 2008). Forthcoming projects include a new installation for "Frame" at the Frieze Art Fair and New Contemporaries 2010 (Liverpool A Foundation / London ICA). Laure Prouvost is represented by MOT International and her videos are distributed by LUX.

Grace Schwindt -
My Grandparents' Tenant

My Grandparents' Tenant takes an interview as a starting point that the artist conducted with her grandparents about a woman who rented a room in their home during the Second World War. She turned out to be a friend of Vladimir Lenin and helped him to travel from Switzerland to Russia in the 'sealed train' after the 'February Revolution' broke out in Russia in 1917. The interview discusses how history and knowledge is produced through a complex structure of personal needs and social expectations.


Grace Schwindt (born Germany, 1979) has exhibited her work internationally in film festivals and galleries, including recent projects at the ICA, London (2010), Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen (2010), White Columns, New York (2010), Photographers' Gallery (2009), 2nd Athens Biennale in Greece (2009) and EAST International, Norwich (2009). In 2008 she completed an MA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art and was a recipient of the Associate Artist programme at LUX in 2009.


Eileen Simpson and Ben White - Auditory Learning (working title)
Auditory Learning transposes tactics borrowed from commercial music video production and musical cinema to reanimate out-of-copyright music recordings (1920s to 1940s jazz, blues, folk, and music hall). Through re-enactment, lip-synching, and choreography, the film weaves together musical vignettes with cut-and-paste dialogue excavated from public transcripts.

Eileen Simpson and Ben White work at the intersection of art, music and information networks. Their projects are situated within the current discourse surrounding the porting of Free/Libre and Open Source software models to wider creative contexts. They seek to challenge conventional mechanisms for the authorship, ownership and distribution of culture - particularly through working with archive material. Recent projects include: Parallel Anthology for 17th Biennale of Sydney; The Brilliant and The Dark for Out of The Archives at The Women's Library, London; Struggle in Jerash at Gasworks, London, and Free-to-air at ICA, London and Cornerhouse, Manchester. http:///

Jennet Thomas - SCHOOL OF CHANGE

SCHOOL OF CHANGE is a sci-fi musical, a dystopian experimental film, based in a parallel reality where a number of rapid changes; geographical, organic, mathematical - even mutations in the workings of reason itself- are threatening the viability of human society. The narrative follows the first - and last - day at school of the New Girl, who has been brought in to replace a student who 'faded away'.

Jennet Thomas' work collides genres and subverts categorization, combining experiments with narrative form and dream logic with absurdist, cryptic critique. Recent shows include: 'All Suffering Soon to End' at Matt's Gallery 2010, 'Return of the Black Tower' at PEER in 2007, with a forthcoming solo show at OUTPOST, Norwich in November 2010. She was a co founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective, her numerous film works have screened extensively in the international Film Festival arena (Rotterdam, Oberhausen, New York Underground Film Festival etc.).

Emily Wardill - Fulll Firearms

Fulll Firearms is a film about a woman (Imelda) who inherits a fortune from her Father. Her Father made his money selling Firearms and Imelda is plagued by guilt at the source of her income. In order to assuage her guilt, she spends every part of her money on building a house to accommodate the ghosts of people who have been killed by the guns manufactured by her father's company. As the house is being built, a group of people move into squat the premises and Imelda misrecognises them as the inhabitants she had hoped for.
Wardill's solo projects include Exhibitions at The Showroom, London (2009), the ICA, London (2008),  Fortescue Avenue / Jonathan Viner, London (2005, 2006), STANDARD(OSLO) (2008) and the performance event 'The Feast Against Nature', at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York (2004). In 2006 she featured in the Art Now Lightbox programme at Tate Britain, and her work has been screened at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Witte de With, Rotterdam, the London Film Festival and The New York Film Festival. Recently, she has been included in group shows at MOCA Miami (2009) and Tate Britain (2009). She is currently working towards a Solo Show at De Appel and The British Art Show.

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa - A Film About Houses and Death
Through its portraits of two private houses, the National Museum of Uganda and the Kasubi Tombs, A Film About Houses and Death examines the contentious relationship between land, the building and the body in present-day Uganda. The film combines formally restrained portraits of these buildings with interviews with working and retired people, civil servants, politicians and journalists that explore the history of these spaces, and trace a tension that is emerging as contemporary economic and political pressures come into conflict with long-established social practices and beliefs.
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa's work ranges from installation, sound, and video to performance, printmaking and drawing. In recent work, she has been exploring the ways that beliefs, world views and value-systems are produced and circulated. Wolukau-Wanambwa is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (1998) and the Slade School of Fine Art (2008). Her first solo exhibition, A Brush for Robben Island, was presented by Butchers Projects in 2008 at the Rokeby Gallery, London, UK. Recent/upcoming exhibitions and screenings include: Públicos y Contrapúblicos Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain (2010), Whose Map Is It? New Mapping By Artists, Iniva, London, UK (2010), Indirect Speech, Intermediae, Madrid, Spain (2009), Where Is Now?, Württembergischer Kunsteverein, Stuttgart, Germany, and (2009), Kinomuseum: Seven Guided Tours, 53rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany (2007).

External assessors for FLAMIN Productions Development Awards 2010:

Ian White
Ian White is Adjunct Film Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London an independent curator, writer and artist and facilitator of the LUX Associate Artists Programme.

Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price's recent exhibitions include: Perfect Courses & Glimmering Obstacles at Tate Britain, User Group Disco at Spike Island, Bristol; Word Event at Kunsthalle Basel; and Local Operations at Serpentine Gallery.  She was supported through FLAMIN Productions 2009 with a production award for West Hinder.

 Josephine Lanyon

Josephine Lanyon has recently taken up freelancing following ten years running Picture This, Bristol. During her time as Director she commissioned artists such as Marcus Coates, Rosalind Nashashibi, John Smith, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Ryan Gander and Mariele Neudecker, and instigated projects such as Ghosting. 

About FLAMIN Productions

FLAMIN Productions is a fund 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 is awarded to experimental work which has the potential to push the boundaries of the artform. FLAMIN Productions will support projects which represent a significant leap in an artist's practice and can be screened and exhibited widely. The fund will support artists who have an existing body of work and who can benefit from the substantial development and mentoring programme attached to the scheme.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives.

As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.

Between 2008 and 2011, the Arts Council will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) is supported by Arts Council England

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