Fundada Artists' Film Festival 2011
Wednesday 27th July 2011, 5-9pm
1st Floor, Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1BW
The programme will run 5-7pm and 7-9pm
Sparrow+Castice (UK) - Sparrow & Castice Do Wakefield (2011) 08:00 World Première
On Monday June 13th 2011 Sparrow+Castice went to Wakefield. One week later on Sunday 19th they returned to Birmingham. At some point between these two dates 10 films were made. These are those 10 films.
Simona da Pozzo (IT) - Exclave (2010) 15:33
Portable Grounds is an intervention about territory, identity and mobility: it acts as a compulsive reflex that pushes to transport, to have objects –or parts of them- with the idea to have a physical link with that we love, to despite distances. A attitude to condense sadness in objects that nourish nostalgia.
Marius Leneweit & Rocío Rodríguez (DE) ...niland 2 (...no land 2) (2011) 09:56
...niland (no land) is a visionary work about the adaptation and transformation of humankind to a life beneath the water surface. The work is based on themes of climate change and develop, particularly the way it has produced a grotesque notion of the sea's rising water table. The interface of air and water functions as the indicator of a climate influenced by humanity, raises questions regarding the ambivalence of the symbiosis human-environment and examines the stringent concurrence of climate change and cultural change.
Patrick Moser (US) - Patty Goes (2011) 02:10 UK Première!
An animated homage to the Patterson footage that inspired me as a child.
Fin McMorran (UK) - Women and Sheds (2010-11) 10:50
9 women tell their stories, about their sheds – private space, workshops, refuges and occasional disaster areas. A representative of the local shed community replies, detailing some of her hopes and aspirations and revealing some truths about the complex nature of sheds.
Chiara Malta (IT) - D'attends une Femme (Waiting For A Woman) (2010) 20:00
Mireille is drawing a naked woman and a dog for olivia. Anna is wearing some makeup. Priscillie and Virginie are taking their clothes off. Milo knows girls' legs. Annie is very comfrotable with the instruments of her profession. Francoise reas the cards. Christian is jealous. And I, I am filming this little theatre.
Jennifer Ross (UK) - Caught in Mise en Scene (2010) 03:35
Popular culture is characterised by paranoia; some system or organisation controlling our moves. We crave to break free of the constraints of life and to be a free individual. But what, and how is shaping our existence? Are we able to escape it?
Alice Bradshaw (UK) - Rubbish (2011) 01:00
A montage from the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish.
Rémi Mazet (FR) - Siggil (2010) 18:03
Dakar is a popular district. An old man, Lamine, is getting ready to go to an important meeting. At the other side of the city, in a sumptuous villa, someone is waiting for him anxiously.
Marzia Moretti (IT) - Azione Sovversiva Minima 6 (Minimal Subversive Action 6) (2010) 00:44 World Première
Intake, compression, power, exhaust.
Paul B Johnson (UK) - TV of Tomorrow...Today (2011) 01:10
The piece explores the formal mechanisms of our assimilation of the television media, particularly reality television. The focus remains on such mechanisms as editing, framing and graphics by removing the characters' faces, reducing them to puppets. This reductive approach gives the piece its childlike quality. The womb soundscape reinforces the concept of television as a pacifier for society.
Gerard Freixes Ribera (ES) - The Homogenics (2010) 04:00
The same people living in the same houses. Uniformisation turns everything into stereotypes. The Homogenics family sitcom is an extreme example.
Andrew Branscombe (UK) - Retrograde (2011) 05:15
Our lives today our driven by storage, the Internet is built upon huge databases, but how long can this storage last, and does the constant replication of this data cause the original qualities or meanings to become diluted or erased? The film depicts the interior of a VHS VCR, the HD footage has been deliberately deteriorated by reproducing it on various 'older' technologies, from DVD to the infamous VHS. The VHS media has been re-recorded repeatedly until the resulting image becomes completely incoherent.
Rudolf Costin (RO) - O Dada (2010) 01:43
O Dada is an illustration of a literary exquisite corpse assembled by chance in a coffee shop in Cluj-Napoca. The video is a subjective view of the produced poem, with sudden cuts in the image and sound, the same way as the words are divided in dada poetry. By definition, a dada poem is an assembly of verses with no links between them, just like the sliced up storyline of this video.
Fin McMorran (UK) - Paper (2009) 04:30
At the end of a long and weary art conference, full of long words and longer papers, the audience is doodling and dreaming of teabreaks. Then, the final paper comes unexpectedly to life with an unplanned demonstration of theory becoming practice allowing the metaphorical fish to tell it like it really is.
Katriona Skinner(UK) - I Will Brush Them Again if You Want (2010) 01:24
The everyday is a structure and sequence of familiar patterns formed into routines of repetition. The insignificant becomes significant. I sort through the mundane, patch-working humdrum monotonous moments together creating a glimpse of the reality of the everyday. I investigate the trivial, the uncanny and the absurdity of the quotidian by removing its structure to create a new order, using staged and real home movies to capture rhythm, like the ticking of a clock; to capture the beat of the day.
Anna Francis (UK) - Emoticon (2011) 08:00
Within my work as an artist and as a child of the 70s struggling with the digital age I use social media a lot within my practice. While I see the great benefit of this astounding connectivity I am also perturbed by the limitations and dumbing down of meaningful connections which can, on occasion, be the result. In Emoticon I am exploring the limitations and possibilities of the emoticon in adequately representing a broad range of human emotion. The shorthand of the emoticon is used by many to attempt to add a human and emotional level to what are often kneejerk, quick-response messages. The immediacy of email and text has meant that the nuances of human emotion are often lost in translation, misunderstandings frequently occur. www.annafrancis.com
Fundada would like to thank the following people without whose help FAFF2011 would not be possible: The artists, Westgate Studios for the use of the space, The Arthouse for the use of their projector, Facelessco for the use of their speakers, Bob Milner for his amazing illustrations, The Hepworth Gallery for the cardboard, Sparrow+Castice for the transportation of the cardboard, Our friends, family and colleagues for their ongoing support.