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Tommy Hartung, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix PointNever), Michael Robinson, Jordan Wolfson
Curated by Al Cameron

18.30hrs Thursday 28 October
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

Media Art Bath is excited to present a programme curated by Al Cameron, film and music programmer at Arnolfini, for the next MAB FILM EXERCISE. Al's programme, HOLD ME TIGHT / HOLDING ON FOREVER, includes work by Tommy Hartung, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix PointNever), Michael Robinson, Jordan Wolfson.

Recomposing mass entertainment into new quests towards truth, and particularly feeling a sincere reverence for pop music's structures and emotive powers - love, dread, yearning, melancholy - much of this recent work from New York reaches out its hands towards the eternal, the infinite, the ecstatic - ek-stasis: a state outside of time.

Moving images compress and crystallize the temporal. Like memories they may loop again and again to the jetty at Orly: portals to universal emotions. Mental and cinematic processes become science fictions of the infinite; blissful, awesome, carrying a sublime promise to "unlock the door... to lie down with this beast in a world beyond time" (Ballard)

Al Cameron produces the film and music programmes at Arnolfini, as well as working on independent projects. He is currently taking postgraduate studies in aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths University.

THE MAB FILM EXERCISE provides an important forum for peer-led reflection, education and critique in the South West. 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.


Image: Tommy Hartung, The Ascent of Man, 2009: Video still. Courtesy On Stellar Ray