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Film Screening and Q&A with artist Beatrice Gibson
Wed 17 May 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Join us for this special screening of two films by artist Beatrice Gibson followed by a Q&A session at Morley College London. Both films draw on the work of experimental composer Cornelius Cardew. On Cardew, Gibson says, ‘for me he kind of embodies this ongoing, never-ending unfinished conversation between the personal and political, politics and poetics.
Cardew was a tutor in experimental music at Morley College from 1968 to 1973. As Howard Skempton has said, ‘Morley was the engine room of English Experimental Music, but the engines were human, conjuring from their energies an experimental movement.’
Beatrice Gibson (b.1978) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her films screen regularly at film festivals nationally and internationally. She has been twice winner of the Tiger Award for Short Film, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, received a nomination for the Max Mara Prize for Women Artists, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013-15) and was the recipient of the 17th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel (2015).
The Tiger’s Mind, 2012, 24 mins
The Tiger’s Mind is an abstract crime thriller set against the backdrop of a brutalist villa. Six characters, the set, the music, the foley, the special effects, the narrator and the author battle one another for control of the film as it unfolds on screen. The film explores the relationships between these characters as they emerge and unfold: grappling, wrestling, and dreaming with one another. The film’s production elements were produced – employing the character-driven improvisational score The Tiger’s Mind, by Cornelius Cardew.
Agatha, 2012, 15 mins
Agatha is a based on a dream had by the radical British composer Cornelius Cardew. The film is psychosexual sci-fi about a planet without speech. Its narrator, ambiguous in gender and function, weaves us slowly through a mental and physical landscape, observing and chronicling a space beyond words.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Beatrice Gibson and LUX, London