This new publication brings together striking photos from the film with transcripts of interviews with its key protagonists, alongside other materials such as overheard conversations, radio broadcasts and river shanties. Part visual memento, part oral history, the book also features three new essays by Nick Papadimitriou, Steven Bode and Patrick Langley. Read more

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17 November 2015

Exhibition Announcement Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: Borrowed Time | Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams

Celebrating its third edition, the Jerwood/FVU Awards proudly introduces the new exhibition Borrowed Time which will premiere two moving-image installations by Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams. These significant new works have been developed following the award of £20,000 to each artist in May this year. Following its debut at Jerwood Space, London from 9 March to 24 April 2016, the show will travel to CCA, Glasgow from 28 May to 10 July 2016. Read more.

The White Review and FVU are excited to announce the sixth instalment of ‘White Screen’, a new online initiative to showcase artists’ film and new writing. Launched in June 2015 and running for one year, ‘White Screen’ invites writers to respond to films selected from the FVU archive and made available to view via a dedicated website for a limited period.

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12 November 2015

Too Big To Miss, Steven Bode

Now that the Rugby Word Cup is over, Steven Bode picks through the postmatch data… 

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We speak to Rachel Maclean about her new FVU commission 'Feed Me', currently showing as part of British Art Show 8.

Using devices such as masks and ‘play’ guns Maclean blurs the boundary between fantasy and reality, pushing these concepts to explore ideas around the power of the image. A dark satire on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, the artist takes her cues from references as broad as children's programmes and well-known talent shows, to more sinister influences such as access to online pornography, child sex abuse scandals and corruption through violent video games; all presented on a sickly sweet platter. 

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6 November 2015

Shezad Dawood wins Best Artists' Film at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015

The BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival celebrated its 5th anniversary with a grand finale at the beautiful and historic National Centre For Early Music. Following an energetic four days of films, networking, panel discussions and masterclasses, ASFF announced the category winners for 2015 including Best Artists’ Film Towards the Possible Film by Shezad Dawood. Commissioned by FVU and Delfina Foundation. Read more. 

This month we’re featuring ‘Ariana’ by Marine Hugonnier. Produced in 2003, two years after the American-led invasion of Afghanistan, the film tells the story of a film crew that sets out to visit the Panjshir Valley in the north of the country. Described in classic Persian poetry as a ‘paradise garden’, the impenetrable nature of the valley and its lush, fertile landscape have set it apart from the rest of Afghanistan and encouraged a history of independence and resistance. The film crew are unable to access the valley, however, and ‘Ariana’ becomes both the story of a failed project, and a reflection on how the specificities of a landscape help to determine its history.

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This month we’re featuring Sarah Miles' film ‘No Place (Looking Back)’ (2005), moving between the gritty urban environs of King’s Cross, London, and a dreamlike 'Elsewhere'. In response, Darran Anderson’s wide-ranging essay meditates on the interrelated themes of loss, nostalgia and longing in relation to home (and homelessness), urban environments, and cinema history. ‘People go to the cities to prosper,’ writes Darran, ‘others to drown. Most do a mixture of both.’

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21 August 2015

White Screen 3: Phil Collins and Nina Power

The third instalment of White Screen features 'marxism today' (2010) by the artist Phil Collins. Mixing interviews with former teachers and archive material, this documentary explores the aftermath of the collapse of the GDR, and Communism more widely, through the lens of education. By turns moving, mournful, impassioned and optimistic, it conjures the bewildering aftershocks that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. An entire ideological system, and the lives it conditioned, vanished almost overnight.

In response to Collins’s film, the writer and philosopher Nina Power has written ‘This World is Not Enough’. This timely polemical essay deconstructs a number of pervasive assumptions about the role of the individual in a politically compromised society, and makes a compelling case for the importance of pedagogy – the handing down of knowledge across generations and class divides – as an antidote to the repressive effects of capitalist ideology. ‘As teachers and pupils,’ Power argues, ‘we should ask ourselves: what would it mean to teach to a different horizon?’

21 August 2015

FVU Frames: Ravi Deepres

We speak to artist Ravi Deepres in the lead up to the launch of his new film work ‘The Gain Line’, which premieres this autumn at Rugby Art Gallery, before travelling to ICIA, Bath and Phoenix, Leicester.

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13 July 2015

White Screen 2: Dryden Goodwin and Lauren Elkin

The second instalment of ‘White Screen’ features 'Closer' (2001), a film by Dryden Goodwin. Wandering the nocturnal streets of London’s Soho, Goodwin trains his camera on the lighted windows of offices, bars and restaurants where people are sitting, immersed in everyday actions, or lost in a world of their own. Zooming in so close he can almost touch them, the artist uses a laser pen to gently caress his subjects’ faces until, as if crossing an invisible boundary, the act acquires an unsettling, even sinister edge.

Writer and critic Lauren Elkin has responded to Goodwin’s film with ‘Across (Closer)’. Touching on the work of Georges Perec, Edward Hopper, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf and Gail Albert Halaban, and moving between London, Paris, and New York, Elkin’s essay reflects on the act of observing strangers in urban environments. Elkin mediates on the role of the artist as voyeur: ‘Is there always something dominating, or even sleazy, about looking?’

10 June 2015

White Screen 1: Simon Faithful and James Bridle

'White Screen' is an online project exploring the relationship between the written word and the moving image.

Conceived in collaboration between Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) and The White Review, 'White Screen' aims to encourage a dialogue between present and past, text and moving image, film and digital media in an online context. Once a marginalised and underfunded form, artists’ moving image is as common to contemporary art as photography, painting, performance and sculpture. The exponential growth of digital networks, meanwhile, has enabled new forms of encounter and exchange, and provided fresh contexts for reception of artists’ moving image.

12 May 2015

Janice Kerbel nominated for the Turner Prize 2015

Congratulations to Janice Kerbel on her nomination for the Turner Prize 2015. Janice’s text piece, ‘Doug’, which debuted the character who gives his name to her musical performance commissioned by Common Guild, was commissioned by FVU in 2012. More info.

6 May 2015

Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams  announced as winners of  Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016: Borrowed Time

Rising stars in moving-image, Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams, are today announced as the winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016, both receiving £20,000 commissions to develop significant new film projects. These new works will premiere at Jerwood Space, London, on 9 March 2016, before touring to CCA, Glasgow, later in the year.

2 April 2015

New publication: Simon Martin

Featuring essays by Melissa Gronlund, Dan Fox and Neil Mulholland. £12.00. Order now

30 March 2015

Exhibition dates announced for Lucy Beech 'Me and Mine'

Lucy Beech’s new work 'Me and Mine' is a 40-minute film which will premiere at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, from 2 May – 5 July, before travelling to Tetley, Leeds, from 17 July – 27 September. This is her most significant solo show to date. 

26 March 2015

Lancaster dates announced for 'A Light Shines in the Darkness'

St John's Church in Lancaster will be screening works by Suki Chan and Alexander & Susan Maris from 10 - 15 April, as part of our touring exhibition 'A Light Shines in the Darkness'.

20 March 2015

Final week to apply for the Jerwood/FVU Awards

Moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice have until 1pm on 27 March 2015 to submit applications. The selection will be made by a panel of five experts in the field, comprising: Steven Bode, Director of FVU, Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Francis McKee, Director of CCA, Glasgow; Marianna Simnett, previous recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards and Sam Thorne, Artistic Director of Tate St Ives and former contributing editor to Frieze magazine.


16 February 2015

'Pilgrimage' to mark Rochdale's hosting of 'A Light Shines in the Darkness'

A multi-faith pilgrimage through Rochdale is taking place this Saturday 20 February to accompany the exhibition touring programme 'A Light Shines in the Darkness'.

Moving-image works by Suki Chan, Kathleen Herbert and Ellard & Johnstone are currently on show at Rochdale's Church of St Edmund, where the event will finish with a light lunch followed by a presentation from three different faith representatives on the idea of 'pilgrimage'. 

The event is free to all and will also call on St Chad's Parish Church and the Golden Mosque.

For more information, and to book your place on the pilgrimage, click here.

For more information on 'A Light Shines On The Darkness' click here.

A project by Film and Video Umbrella in partnership with The Churches Conservation Trust and curator, Paul Bayley. Supported by Arts Council England.

4 February 2015

Call for Entries now open for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016

The call for entry for this third edition of the Awards is now open and takes the theme of ‘Borrowed Time’. Moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice have until 1pm on 27 March 2015 to submit applications. The selection will be made by a panel of five experts in the field, comprising: Steven Bode, Director of FVU, Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation; Francis McKee, Director of CCA, Glasgow; Marianna Simnett, previous recipient of the Jerwood/FVU Awards and Sam Thorne, Artistic Director of Tate St Ives and former contributing editor to Frieze magazine.


4 February 2015

Winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015 unveil new moving-image works

From 11 March 2015 artists Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett, winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015, will premiere new moving-image works in an exhibition at Jerwood Space. These new works, suggested by the project title ‘What Will They See of Me?’, have been developed following the award of £20,000 commissions to each artist at the close of the first stage of the Awards in April 2014. Following its debut in London, the show will tour to CCA, Glasgow from 30 May until 12 July 2015.

25 January 2015

Ben Rivers' 'Things' wins Canon Tiger Award for Short Films 2015

'Things' was commissioned by FVU in 2014 for Stay Where You Are, a year-long project in which artists and writers paused to reflect on the appeal of the local. Shot entirely within the confines of Rivers' flat, the work focuses on the familiar, often treasured objects he turns to for comfort or material. The film falls into four seasonal chapters, excerpts of which can be viewed here.

The work featured as part of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won the prestigious the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Film. 

View clips and find out more about the work here

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