Theaster Gates - Sanctum - Bristol

This is well worth a look:
Until 6pm on Saturday 21st November, Sanctum hosts a continuous programme of sound over 552 hours, sustained by performers, musicians and bands in a temporary structure within the shell of Temple Church, Bristol. Sanctum is Theaster Gates' first public project in the UK, produced by Situations, as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

Back to the future - artists moving image - Tonight at the Cube

From a repatriation ceremony at Wootton Bassett, to a migratory border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey, from Berlin’s Reichstag building and the reconstructed ‘memorial wall’, to a journey down the Danube past Belgrade - we present five contemporary artists films by Breda Boban, Rose Butler, Ergin Cavusoglu, Katie Davies and Monika Oechsler . 

The programme will be followed by a Q+A with the artists led by film curator Al Cameron.

Willem de Rooij - Arnolfini

A new exhibition, by Dutch artist Willem de Rooij, featuring a politically-charged photographic work in an installation that explores themes of individuality, protest and representation.

Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000–July 2002), 2003, consists of 18 large panels each featuring a selection of photographs cut from newspapers. De Rooij is interested in how these images are selected for global distribution in the news media, the ways in which people are presented in protest, and how they stage themselves in front of a camera. The installation presents a large selection of global political struggles, but despite being taken in different geographical and political situations and contexts, there are similarities between the different images presented. Without the newspaper headlines and captions, the formal qualities of the photographs become apparent, inviting a closer look at representation and drawing together the subjects that the title of the work indicates: riots, protests, mourning and commemoration.

Free. Friday 21 November 2014 to Sunday 08 February 2015, 11:00 to 18:00.

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay. Bristol BS1 4QA

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Space is the Place - Screening - AfroFuturism - Watershed- 23/10/14

Sun Ra's Space is the place is showing at Watershed as part of their 'Afrofuturism' programme.

'Calling planet Earth, you are cordially invited to experience (or re-experience) the Sun Ra sci fi classic Space Is The Place, one of the most elusive cult music films of all time. Sun Ra was a Pharoah from another galaxy who took the form of philosophical and experimental jazz genius leader of the Intergalactic Arkestra. Travelling through the cosmos in his music fuelled spaceship, Ra discovers a planet where the 'vibrations are different', a world that might serve as a new home for the black humans from Earth, a place where they still struggle to achieve equality. Before our hero can offer the people of Oakland the chance of a new life, he must first do battle with the establishment, as well as a pimpish Devil-like figure known as The Overseer. Whilst earthbound, he manages (but of course) to play some of his most famous songs with the Arkestra. For Ra (born Herman Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, also the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), outer space wasn't just a gimmick, a convenient source of song titles and an awesome theme for outfits (there's full on glitter-Egyptian regalia, gold silk tunics and chain mail skull caps galore). It was a zone where racism didn't exist, a place where black people could make their own destinies - just imagine. This is a wonderfully strange filmic adventure, one we should all get on board for - join us for a jazz-flavoured ride into space!

With an introduction by Professor Denenge Akpem, performance artist, designer and lecturer.

Ticket prices: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions. Ticket holders also receive priority entry to the pre-film DJ set (see below).

Join us for FUTURE SHOCK, a pre-film warm up in the Café/Bar from 22:00-23:00 with DJ Food (Ninja Tune/Solid Steel), who will present a turntablist soundscape of sci-fi songs, cosmic music and retro electronic visions of a future very different from the one we live in now.'

Encounters Film Festival 2014 - Bristol Sept 16-21st

We will be attending the excellent Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival again this year, in Bristol, 16-21st September 2014.

FdA Film & Media Arts Production students will be there Weds - Fri as part of the Industry Forum attending a range of industry focussed workshops, presentations, debates and screenings. We Encourage you to also look at the excellent events/ screenings taking part over the weekend too. Take a look at the programme and decide what events you would like to attend at:

We have booked Industry Forum passes for all FdA Film & Media Arts Production students (£45), please let us know ASAP if you are unable to attend. (Payment can be done instalments if needed). We have reserved seats at the following events (click for full details):

Wed 17 September

10:30- 12:00 SHORT FILM 1: THICKER THAN WATER (15)

12:00 – 13:00 - Forum: Nexus: From Idea To Execution Masterclasses 

14.30 - 16.00 SHORT FILM 3: MEMORY LANE

16.30 Forum: SHORTS 2 FEATURES 1: Hyena (UK)

 Thursday 18th September

 10.30 - 12.00  SHORT FILM 4: FORCE OF NATURE (15)

 13:00- Oberhausen Presents: Artist Film and Videos from 1994 to 2014. Arnolfini


16.30 Forum: SHORTS 2 FEATURES : A WOLF AT THE DOOR (Brazil) (18) 

Or you may wish to attend this:
16.30 - 18.30 Forum: Meet the Filmmakers with Q&A

Friday 19th September

10.30 - 11.30 Forum: Fernando Coimbra masterclass. Watershed 

12.30-13.30 FORUM: NFTS Masterclass with Dean Humphreys: Sound Masterclass



16.30 - 18.30 Forum: ISHORTS SHOWCASE

Alternatively you might be interested in:

10.00 - 16:00  Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Now? (£4.50c)

10.30 - 12: 00 SHORT FILM 7: DREAMLIKE STATES (15) (£4.50 c)

There's loads more happening! Take a good look at the Programme here. Night time/ Weekend events that could be worth checking out (although most extra cost) inc.

Friday 20.00 - 1.00 Cinema LIVE! – Cine-Seizure £10/ 9

11:00 Sat 20th Arnolfini. HDR Laboratory & Workshop – New Horizon(FREE)

12:00, Sat 20 September. Cube Microplex. Know Your Enemy – A Journey into Radical Filmmaking + Q&A (15)

20:30 - Sun 21 September. CUBE.  Super 8 celebration: Reels From Life 2 (£8/ £7)

Also on:

Perpetual Cinema (Free) showing 20 outstanding short films specially selected from 20 years of Encounters Festival is running: WED 17      17:00 – 20:00, THUR 18    17:00 – 20:00, FRI 19       10:00 – 20:00, SUN 21       10:00 – 20:00

 Jeremy Deller: English Magic. 12 April—21 September 2014. Exhibition at Bristol City Museum.