This programme considers the act of looking beyond the surface. Through a sensibility to flux, transition and movement, all of these films remind us that both our physical and cultural surroundings are not static. We exist in a changing landscape, rooted in layers of time, history and memory. Mirroring Edison’s drive to innovate and experiment, the filmmakers here explore film as a physical material.
Featuring work by Alia Syed, Bea Haut, David Leister, Emily Richardson, Lucy Harris, Jim Hobbs, Sophie Michael.
Curated by Lucy Harris.
The Granary Building, London
The Black Maria installation by Richard Wentworth and Gruppe at the The Granary Building was modelled on the world’s first film production studio – Edison’s Black Maria studio built in 1892. Over a century of film later the Material Light 16mm film screening resonates with that history. For one night only the Black Maria structure was temporarily transformed into a cinema, a space that echoes the past in an architectural and aesthetic landscape that is in a continuous state of evolution.