The Impossible Document - David Lamelas, David Thorne & Julia Meltzer
Curated by Mike Sperlinger
18.30hrs WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)
Media Art Bath is delighted to invite Mike Sperlinger, Assistant Director of LUX, London to present the second programme of The MAB Film Exercise. Mike's programme, The Impossible Document, will include rarely seen works by David Lamelas, David Thorne & Julia Meltzer.
The Impossible Document asks, what are the limits of documentary? And what lies beyond them when a filmmaker tries to record the invisible, the forgotten or the impossible?
David Thorne & Julia Meltzer's It's not my memory of it: three recollected documents (2003, 25 mins) examines three peculiar pieces of evidence: shredded classified documents from the American embassy in Iran reconstructed by Islamic revolutionaries; a long-suppressed CIA video of the burial at sea of Soviet sailors in the 1970s; and a blurry photograph from a 2002 missile strike in Yemen. David Lamelas' first film, A Study of Relationships Between Inner and Outer Space (1969, 20 mins) attempts to map the context of his gallery exhibition at the Camden Art Centre, from the city that surrounds it to its place in a larger cosmos.
By inviting curators to present a programme of artists' film, The MAB Film Exercise seeks to address both the diverse potential for artists' film as a form and a sense of the current urgency, social or political timeliness in the work (of both curator and artist). The MAB Film Exercise is produced and presented by Media Art Bath - championing contemporary art and ideas through the development of bold new work.
The MAB Film Exercise is a place for discussing art and the ideas it generates, please join us! Forthcoming programme:
PROGRAMME III: 18.30hrs THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY
Marie-Anne McQuay presents...
Kristin Lucas, Charlie Tweed and Branda Miller (and other work to be confirmed)
For further information please contact Bridget Crone on 01225 442 591 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MAB Film Exercise is produced and presented by Media Art Bath - championing contemporary art and ideas - and supported by Arnolfini.
Image: David Lamelas, A Study of Relationships Between Inner and Outer Space (1969): film still