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The Artists’ Feature Film with Dan Kidner

Saturday 16 September 2017, 10am–5pm

Booking essential

£40 full price / £30 concessions

Tickets to the screening of Margaret Salmon’s Eglantine are included in this study day price.

The Artists' Feature Film study day, Saturday 16 September 2017, 10am–5pm

Film Screening: Margaret Salmon, Eglantine (2016, 71 mins), 6.30pm

Join curator and writer Dan Kidner for a study day exploring the concept of the ‘artists’ feature film’ and its relation to histories of experimental narrative film and video. Drawing on Kidner’s recent projects, including the major exhibition The Inoperative Community (Raven Row, London, 2015/16, and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland, 2016), the study day features film screenings and discussions with leading artist filmmakers and theorists, Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon, Erika Balsom, and Maeve Brennan.

The entangled histories of visual art and cinema become even further entwined through the term the ‘artist feature film’, which is currently gaining traction. Kidner, a leading researcher in artists film and video, will open the day by outlining a speculative taxonomy, history and critical framework to contextualise the artists’ feature film. Through screenings and discussions, the morning session considers 1970s avant-garde cinema and its relationship to artists’ film and video. The work of many filmmakers will be discussed including Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard, Harun Farocki, Yvonne Rainer, Leslie Thornton, Albert Serra and Lav Diaz.

The afternoon session includes screenings of short films by artist-filmmakers Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon, and a panel discussion chaired by Kidner with Rivers and Salmon, Maeve Brennan, and theorist Erika Balsom. Each panelist will talk about issues related to the production, distribution and critical reception of artists’ feature films, and unpack the term from their perspectives as practitioners and researchers.

The day ends with a screening of the debut feature film by acclaimed artist Margaret Salmon, Eglantine (2016), followed by a conversation with Kidner and opportunity for audience questions. Eglantine is long form children's film and nature study, shot on 35mm film on location in Scotland, which draws reference from Jean Renoir’s The River and Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon, as well as televised nature studies from the 1950s.


Book your place £40 full price / £30 concessions*

Tickets to the screening of Margaret Salmon’s Eglantine are included in this study day price.

*Please note: the £35 concessions price detailed in our summer brochure is incorrect

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