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The MAB Film Exercise

The Awkward Scene
Andrea Büttner, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Laura Horelli
Curated by Richard Birkett

18.30hrs Wednesday 7 April
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

Media Art Bath is pleased to welcome Richard Birkett, curator at the ICA London to THE MAB FILM EXERCISE. Richard's programme, The Awkward Scene considers the methodologies and artifacts of moving image production in relation to the social experience of emotional connection and disconnection. The works screened depict the awkwardness inherent in the presence of the personal in the public realm; in differing ways they locate this sentiment as an active vector within the production of art and the social relations enacted through it.

Videos by Andrea Büttner, Laura Horelli, and Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys function through distinct genres of documentary, the televisual, and the dramatic vignette. The artists use these familiar formats both as barriers and conduits to the individuals who form the subject of their works, including family members and a closed order of Carmelite nuns. At the centre of each work is the depiction of a creative ritual; invested with conspicuous levels of belief and symbolism these actions - and the filmmakers' relationship to them - become unsettling and provocative.

Image : Laura Horelli, Haukka-Pala (A-Bit-To-Bite), 2009
Courtesy YLE, Finland/ Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin