Radical film exhibition – a local perspective

Wilczek, Emily (2019) Radical film exhibition – a local perspective. In: Transnational Radical Film Cultures: An International Conference on Film, Aesthetics and Politics, 03-05 June 2019, Nottingham, UK.

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Recent criticism of political and artistic avant-garde moving image work (that I shall refer to here broadly as “radical film”) has often focused on two places of presentation: the black box (cinema) versus the white cube (gallery). This talk will address the numerous third (or grey) spaces that exist for the contemporary exhibition of radical film, by taking a local perspective looking at Nottingham.

Those wishing to show radical films outside the context of cinemas or galleries can reach new audiences who might not readily attend such screenings elsewhere. Events such as a cycle-powered cinema under Clifton flyover or a screening in the Byron Bingo (formerly a cinema) in Hucknall, have invigorated overlooked places. In turn, challenging politically and aesthetically avant-garde films and videos have been liberated from catalogues and archives and given new life in unusual locations. The novelty of such settings has piqued the interest of those who might not find themselves drawn to more institutional venues.

The impact of place on the reception of radical film will be considered in this talk, which challenges the false dichotomy of experimental film, whose history lies in the cinema, and gallery films, that have a parallel history in the art world. Radical films demonstrate a more complex history, and I am particularly interested in how the context of exhibition might affect the viewing experience.

Keywords:experimental film, exhibition, galleries
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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ID Code:36862
Deposited On:05 Sep 2019 08:40

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