We invest £100,000 in new artist commissions
Date posted: 18.03.2015
London-based artists Beatrice Gibson, Larissa Sansour and Sarah Turner have been greenlit to receive production support of £100,000 through our groundbreaking FLAMIN Productions scheme.
The only scheme of its kind in the UK, FLAMIN Productions fosters the work of artists in moving image, and is behind Elizabeth Price's West Hinder, which was part of her Turner Prize winning exhibition in 2012, and Ben Rivers's award-winning and internationally acclaimed feature film Two Years At Sea.
"FLAMIN offers an important platform for artists to develop their careers further and to push the boundaries of the art form." says Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts at Arts Council England.
Each of the three ambitious long-form projects, which will receive combined investment of £100,000, represent a significant new development and challenge for the respective artists. Chosen from an impressive pool of 100 applicants, the works reflect FLAMIN Productions' commitment to nurturing and supporting innovative artists at a key stage in their professional growth.
About the projects
In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain, by Larissa Sansour
Sansour's project is a sci-fi video essay inspired by the politicised archaeology carried out in present day Israel/Palestine. Filmed entirely in gritty black and white and combining live action, CGI and archival photographs, the film explores the role of myth and fiction for fact, history and national identity. The film is anticipated to be a 20 minute gallery work.
Crippled Symmetries, by Beatrice Gibson
Taking American author William Gaddis' epic modernist masterpiece, JR (1975) as a departure point, Crippled Symmetries is a long-form experimental film in two parts. An eerily prescient, biting social satire that turns the American dream on its head, JR tells the story of a precocious 11 year-old capitalist who inadvertently creates the single greatest financial empire the decade has seen, spun largely from the invisible confines of the school pay phone. The work is not an adaptation of JR but instead uses the novel as a score, not only investigating its subject and form, but deploying it as the framework for a more experimental approach towards its own production.
Public House, by Sarah Turner
Public House fuses fact and fiction in a multi-layered exploration of memory, community and social reinvention. Activated in response to a community takeover of the Ivy House pub, London, SE15, this feature length work for cinemas is a shape-shifting genre hybrid that moves from observational document to minimalist opera. Interweaving testament, performance poetry and an innovative soundscape that fuses accousmatic composition and verbatim librettos, the film explores individual and cultural memory and its resonance in shaping social spaces.The sixth round of FLAMIN Productions funding will open for applications later in 2015. Further announcements will be made over the coming months.