29 November 2013

Life before Wikipedia: Encyclopaedia of 'not-always-expert' opinions

The Artist Information Company talks to artist Alan Currall. “I’d been working with ideas around the human need to find faith in some things in life, no matter how implausible, and our willingness to suspend disbelief,“ says Alan Currall. “I started to think about the total sum of my knowledge base and world view – how much of this was formed through pub-table conversations and the casual but confident proclamations of the people I’d grown up with. Encyclopaedia was a natural progression of this strand of my practice.” Read interview.

7 November 2013

Exhibition announcement: Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards

On 12 March, the four moving-image artists selected for the second edition of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards will premier new pilot works in an exhibition at Jerwood Space, London, before opening at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow on 4 April - as part of Glasgow International.  This will mark the first time the Awards will feature in this world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art.

22 October 2013

Q&A with Artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen and Estuary curator, Francis Marshall

The free exhibition of contemporary art, inspired by the outer limits of the River Thames, comes to a close this Sunday 27 October 2013. In advance of this, Estuary curator, Francis Marshall, caught up with Danish film artist, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, who was commissioned by the museum, in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, to create the film, Portrait of a River. The film – which appears in the exhibition – proceeds downriver, weaving together fragments and traces of the people and the places that define the character of the Estuary. Read interview.

22 October 2013

IdeasTap interview with FVU Director, Steven Bode

As Film and Video Umbrella celebrate 25 years as an independent organisation with 25 Frames, Director, Steven Bode shares his advice for emerging artists. Read Interview

11 September 2013

Exhibition Announcement: Layla Curtis at Phoenix Square

Layla Curtis’ Antipodes is a constantly updating, online artwork which pairs live, publicly available webcams from places on opposite sides of the planet. Carefully selected from myriad international locations, these antipodal webcams are placed side-by-side to allow viewers to simultaneously view live footage from locations as far away from each other as it is possible to be. These distant ‘twins’ have obvious day/night, summer/winter contrasts but also surprising affinities. The project highlights topographical echoes in the landscape, as well as architectural and cultural similarities. Antipodes will run for a period of a year, launching on northward equinox 2013. A version of the work will be exhibited at Phoenix this Autumn.

6 September 2013

Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: Shortlist Announced

Shortlisted artists for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: ‘What Will They See of Me?’ are announced.

22 July 2013

25 Frames

FVU celebrates 25 years as an independent organisation with ‘25 Frames’ from September 2013.

14 May 2013

Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: Call for Submissions

Applications for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards are open to artists within the first five years of practice from 20 May-1 July 2013.

1 May 2013

'Estuary' Exhibition Announced

A new film by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen entitled Portrait of a River has been commissioned in collaboration with the Film & Video Umbrella, which proceeds downriver, weaving together fragments and traces of the people and the places that define the character of the Estuary.

25 March 2013


To ring in the new financial year, Film and Video Umbrella has opened MerzBank – a repository of artists’ online works that draw their inspiration from that trailblazing exponent of collage, Kurt Schwitters. Guided by his innovations in the visual arts, in spoken word, in typography and poetry, the project anticipates how Schwitters’ mercurial spirit might have flourished in the online world, while highlighting the debt that new forms of digital collage owe to Schwitters’ formative example.

4 March 2013

New Online Work by Layla Curtis

A new online art project launching at http://www.antipodes.uk.com on 20 March 2013 with photographic exhibition at Spacex, Exeter from 18 May – 13 July 2013.

19 February 2013

Second Edition of Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards Announced

Film and Video Umbrella and Jerwood Visual Arts are delighted to announce the continuation of this major award for moving image artists, as they launch the second edition of the initiative.

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