John Akomfrah – A Storm Is Blowing


Julien Crepieux’s Microfilm is the final screening in the onscreen programme linked to the Now Showing exhibition in our Eastcastle St. space. The next exhibition in the gallery is a group show featuring John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell and Rashaad Newsome. The exhibition includes Transfigured Night – a new two-screen work by John Akomfrah, which investigates the disappointments and legacies of the African countries post-second world war independence from colonial rule. To coincide with the UK premiere of Transfigured Night (the film was first shown at HKW, Berlin in October/ November last year), we’ve scheduled a season of John’s films:

In celebration of the late, great Stan Tracey
3 – 9 March – Stan Tracey: The Godfather of British Jazz

A Storm Is Blowing
10 -16 March – Testament
17 – 23 March – Seven Songs for Malcolm X
24 – 30 March – The Last Angel of History
31 March – 6 April – Memory Room 451
7 – 13 April – Nine Muses

Click here to download an interview with John Akomfrah published on the occasion of his exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher, Hauntologies, in 2012.

Cornell and Connor

Here’s links to a couple of our favourite redited, mashed-up films – Cornell’s Rose Hobart and Connor’s A Movie.  Dali allegedly stormed out of the gallery premiere of Rose Hobart claiming that Cornell had read his mind and stolen the idea.  UBU web has a great selection of Cornell’s movies.

We’re looking forward to Pauline and Renate’s talk with Irene and Fatima from Electra at 7pm on Wednesday.  Tickets are free.  Booking essential.




Lewis Klahr, Anthony Reynolds Gallery Warren Garland, West Lane South

There’s a couple of shows that counterpoint the Onscreen season and gallery exhibition, Now Showing.

Lewis Klahr, 66

Lewis Klahr, SixtySixAnthony Reynolds Gallery, until 22 February 2014

Klahr makes work by rescuing, collating and collecting fragmentary images into miniature tableaux which are seized, shot by shot, with a 35mm digital still camera and built into complex sequences. As Tom Gunning writes:

‘Klahr’s collage films have always mimed the processes of memory by pulling together the discards of contemporary life (images from ads, text books or comic books, objects such as game pieces, menus, playing cards) into scenarios that seem like some old Hollywood film dimly remembered… Instead of characters, Klahr gives us the play of enigmatic spaces and empty sites that promise both the invitation of desire and the discovery of crime.’

Image: Lewis Klahr, Sixty Six (installation view, Anthony Reynolds Gallery). Image courtesy of the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery.

Warren Garland, The Head Founatin

Warren Garland, The Head FountainWest Lane South Gallery, until 22 February 2014

In The Head Fountain Warren Garland lays out the segments of King Vidor’s 1949 film, the Fountainhead (adapted from Ayn Rand’s 700-page novel of the same name) in reverse order.

As well as an entertaining (and refreshing) diatribe against the iniquities of neo-liberal capitalism, Paul O’Kane’s text (download here), written to accompany the screening of Garland’s film, is an interesting coda to a key theme that runs through Now Showing.  O’Kane considers how the restructuring of an existing narrative enables new narratives to emerge, whilst prompting a reconsideration of the ‘original’ and emphasising the importance of context in our reading of a work.