Exhibitions

Artists present recent and newly commissioned moving image works, animating Berwick’s town walls, reinhabiting historic buildings and rewilding the town centre.

Exhibition Town Centre (12180 mins)

Cinématon

Gérard Courant

Cinématon is a major film work composed by Gérard Courant since 1978. The film consists of silent, three-and-a-half minute portraits of artistic and cultural personalities, numbering over 3,000 to date. The person being filmed can do whatever she/he wants. Taken together, they constitute an archive of international art, film, theatre and entertainment scenes of the past four decades. Jean-Luc Godard, Julie Delpy, Terry Gilliam, Babette Mangolte and Sergei Parajanov star alongside a cast of thousands.

Supported by Northumberland Cultural Fund and ‘Welcome Visitor’ Project


Exhibition Berwick Museum & Art Gallery (12 mins)

Beyond the Field

Matt Stokes

In Beyond the Field artist Matt Stokes uses folk instruments to create the sounds produced by fauna present in the landscape of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the mid 1700s. This was during the Agricultural Revolution when the flower-rich meadowlands described by writers surveying the Tweed Valley were being drained and replaced with crops. The shift in farming practices altered local biodiversity, effecting the plants, insects, birds and mammals present in the area.

Commissioned and presented by Museums Northumberland at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery


Exhibition The Straw Yard (13 mins)

O' Pierrot

Tanoa Sasraku

O’ Pierrot treads the stock, pantomime narra- tive of Pierrot the Clown, told this time from a lesbian, mixed-race, British perspective. The quest for British identity, so often played out in too-real grey-scale is here translated in glowing colour via 8mm stock.

Commissioned by The New Flesh as part of the 2019 residency programme, using public funding from Arts Council England


Exhibition Town Hall Council Chamber (40 mins)

Now, at Last!

Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers’ magnificent film of a sloth doesn’t encourage lazy viewing. Rather, it’s an active, engaging and engrossing experience. Time becomes suspended as each breath, every movement becomes a theatrical drama unfolding before our eyes. Perhaps implicitly poking fun at the term ‘slow cinema’, Rivers instead gives us an exquisite example of ‘sloth cinema’.

Exhibition New Tower (10 mins)

Animistic Apparatus: Camera Trap

Chris Chong Chan Fui

Camera Trap is a comparative video using moving images made a hundred years apart.

Exhibition Bankhill Ice House (7 mins)

Animistic Apparatus: Fireworks (Archives)

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Fireworks (Archives) is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s offering to the potent spirits of his home region, shot in the sculpture park of a little-known nonconformist temple in the northeast of Thailand.

Exhibition Coxon’s Tower (18 mins)

Animistic Apparatus: Central Region

Tanatchai Bandasak

Commissioned by Animistic Apparatus to make a video responding to Southeast Asian animistic practices of communicating with spirits, Tanatchai Bandasak draws inspiration from the presence of prehistoric standing stones in the highlands of Laos.

Exhibition The Gymnasium (46 mins)

Double Ghosts

George Clark

'Double Ghosts' is a multi-part exhibition which traverses the Pacific drawing on historical fragments, traces and ghosts from the coasts of Chile to a mountain cemetery in Taiwan. Exploring the status and potential of unrealised and fragmented histories, the exhibition draws together 35mm film, sound recordings, script fragments, photography and archival material filmed and gathered in Chile, France and Taiwan.

Exhibition The Gymnasium (46 mins)

Inner Sage / Outer King

George Clark

Inner Sage / Outer King gathers interviews, readings and research material exploring Raul Ruiz’s unfinished film. Made with collaborators in Paris and Taiwan including painter Kar Siu Lee, poet Waldo Rojas, musician Jorge Arriagada and indigenous Taiwanese filmmaker Laha Mebow, the film includes readings of original script and diary by Ruiz, and photographs and video documentation of the original shoot in Taiwan in 1995.

Exhibition The Magazine (30 mins)

Preemptive Listening

Aura Satz

Aura Satz's Preemptive Listening project focuses on sonic obedience and disobedience through the trope of the siren. The Fork in the Road comprises trumpet improvisor Mazen Kerbaj's composition of a new siren sound using circular breathing, and actor/activist Khalid Abdalla speaking on the siren as the emblematic sound of resistance, oppression and lost futures during the Arab Spring. Shot on 16mm, the film is literally driven by its soundtrack, as the voice becomes a beacon, activating emergency rotating lights.

Exhibition The Main Guard (11 mins)

Douma Underground

Tim Alsiofi

Tim Alsiofi’s unflinching document of people sheltering in a city under siege reaffirms the importance of transparency and immediacy in documenting crucially important scenes of unfolding history through moving images.

Exhibition Town Hall Old Gaol (0 mins)

Animistic Apparatus: The Migrant Ecologies Project, Two Installations

The Migrant Ecologies Project is a collaborative project that brings together various art practice-led inquiries into questions of culture and nature in Southeast Asia. Animistic Apparatus presents two installations—Railtrack Songmaps and Teak Road—from the Singaporean project.

Exhibition Town Hall Old Gaol (33 mins)

Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell)

Bugs and Beasts Before the Law explores the history and legacy of the “animal trials” that took place in medieval Europe, in which animals—and other non-humans, such as insects and inanimate objects—were put on trial for various crimes and offenses, ranging from trespassing and thievery, to assault and murder. This history of colonial law-making forged political and sometimes profane relationships between humans and animals. Bambitchell's essayistic film reimagines common perceptions of legal history and, in doing so, produces a world where past and present, fiction and non-fiction, human and animal fuse. —Bambitchell

Exhibition Visitor Centre (10 mins)

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Working with moving image collective Film Bee and experimenting with a sequence of Bernadette Mayer’s surrealist writing exercises, Berwick Youth Project have created an uncanny computer game character, an existentialist chicken piece from a 20 nugget share box. This lo-fi film reflects the group’s close reading of screencasts of popular video game intros uploaded to Youtube. The work will be available to view during the Festival at the Visitor Centre and on the BFMAF YouTube channel from Thursday 19 September.

Exhibition Kaleidoscope (59 Marygate) (0 mins)

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a beanbag cinema presenting a rolling programme of animated films from Cinekid Festival Amsterdam. Hands-on making activities will be led by artists Katie Chappell and Chloe Smith. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.