MEDIA ART BATH HAS CLOSED

Media Art Bath closed on 31 March 2011. Please browse our website though to find information about the exciting, cutting-edge projects we have commissioned and produced.

Simply scroll down this page to see highlights of our work or alternatively for a fuller list of projects click on PROJECTS on the menu above, or ON-LINE PROJECTS for those that exist on-line. Information about the history of Media Art Bath, our Board of Directors and staff can be found under INFORMATION.

For those of you who enjoyed THE MAB FILM EXERCISE programmes this continues on as THE FILM EXERCISE and you can join us on Facebook or alternatively join our email list for updates by going here.

THE FILM EXERCISE is a monthly programme of screenings and discussion that explores the urgency, social or political timeliness in curatorial approaches to artists' film and video, as well as delighting in the diversity of artists' work in the field of the moving image.

FORTHCOMING PROGRAMMES AT THE ARNOLFINI, BRISTOL:

18.30hrs, Thursday 19 May, Thinking Thinkers, Manon de Boer, Benoît Maire and Anne Tallentire, curated by Lisa Panting

18.30hrs, Wednesday 22 June, Il Transloco / Moving out of the future, Dir. Renato de Maria, presented by Federico Campagna and Richard John Jones

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FILM EXERCISE

Continuing our profile of some of the exciting projects and commissions that Media Art Bath has produced and presented during the last ten years, we focus on THE MAB FILM EXERCISE. THE MAB FILM EXERCISE who's strapline reads - exercising ideas in & around artists' film and video - began in December 2009 and has run monthly ever since. And, we are extremely excited to announce that the programme will continue as THE FILM EXERCISE with the support of Arnolfini and Spike Island, and it will continue to be presented by Bridget Crone.

THE MAB FILM EXERCISE has provided an important forum for peer-led reflection, education and critique in the South West. By inviting curators to present a programme of artists' film - alternating between a curator based in the South West and one from further a-field - THE MAB FILM EXERCISE has sought to address both the diverse potential for artists' film as a form and a sense of the current urgency, social or political timeliness in the work (of both curator and artist).

To date FILM EXERCISE programmes have been curated by Al Cameron (Arnolfini), Paul O'Neill (Situations / UWE), Adelaide Bannerman (International Curators Forum), Marie-Anne McQuay (Spike), Bridget Crone (MAB), Mike Sperlinger (LUX), Elisa Kay (Flat Time House) and Richard Birkett (Artists Space, NY).

The next season of THE FILM EXERCISE begins on 13 April with an afternoon workshop for artists and curators at Spike Island with Benjamin Cook, founder director of LUX and a screening - The Auratic Film - at Arnolfini in the evening. To subscribe (£12 for the season of three events) and for more information please visit the Arnolfini website. For information and film notes about past FILM EXERCISES please go here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A THEATRE TO ADDRESS

Media Art Bath is proud of its festival of textual form - A theatre to address - which was presented in collaboration with the Arnolfini in 2010. A theatre to address: a festival of textual form - concrete, material, scripted and performed was a two-day festival of performances, talks and readings exploring the many forms of text from concrete poetry or sound sculpture to theatrical script, radio play, voice over or song. And importantly, A theatre to address is was about the governing power of language to direct or order our experience.

The two-day programme included exciting new work by Clare Gasson, Maryam Jafri and a performance of Pil and Galia Kollectiv's epic musical performance Critical Mass - a sermon for the Church of the Atom with live music by Gelbart - and a programme of talks, readings and screening of The Otolith Group's film Otolith III. The talks and readings provide both an opportunity to tease-out some of the ideas behind the programme as well as to see and hear text-based work by artists - Sovay Berriman, Phil Coy, Annabel Frearson, and Julika Gittner.

In addition, Clare Gasson's new work commissioned by Media Art Bath was presented both as a performance at the Arnolfini and in Bath as well as a downloadable podcast enabling audiences to both discover the work and explore the peripheral spaces of Bath through Gasson's sound-poem (and her reading of it) – The traveller walking walking walking through.

For more information about A theatre to address please go here.

To download a podcast of Clare Gasson's A traveller walking walking walking through please go to the On-Line Projects page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOM NICHOLSON & ANDREW BYRNE / LINES TOWARDS ANOTHER CENTURY

The third in our profiles of key projects commissioned by Media Art Bath in recent years focuses on the project by artist, Tom Nicholson and composer, Andrew Byrne, Lines Towards Another Century (2008).

Lines Towards Another Century is an instruction-based score for live reading, string quartet and recorded voice, which was first performed by the renowned young string quartet, the Elysian Quartet in a configuration of four video projections, four monitors and speakers that formed an exhibition of the performance's traces. The work is initially based on the artist's collection of all of the national boundaries created since 1901 and the subsequent series of performances that Nicholson has undertaken in a process of mapping the boundaries onto different cities around the world with groups of participants. The documentation of these performance-walks alongside the immersive field of sound created through the recording of four voices intoning the list formed the exhibition that accompanied the performance.

Since its initial exhibition and performance at the Holburne Museum in Bath, Lines Towards Another Century has gone on to be performed in Venice (2009) by the well-respected Italian contemporary music ensemble, L'Arsenale and presented as part of the 8th Shanghai Biennale: WHAT IS REHEARSAL? (2010). The evolution of Lines Towards Another Century and its ongoing revision and re-presentation, well represents the impact and longevity of Media Art Bath's aim to provide support and expanded development opportunities to artists.

For more information about the Media Art Bath commission, Lines Towards Another Century please click here, and for Lines Towards Another Century, Venice go here.

[IMAGES: Andrew Byrne and Tom Nicholson, Lines Towards Another Century (2008): performance with the Elysian Quartet and Oliver Langdon. Photography: Sam Nightingale.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SENSIBLE STAGE / LUCIENNE COLE / MELANIE GILLIGAN / PIL AND GALIA KOLLECTIV /

Continuing our profiles of significant Media Art Bath projects, THE SENSIBLE STAGE was a programme of individual performance works sited in different venues across Bath and Bristol in 2007, as well as a screening programme presented by LUX New Work UK at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

THE SENSIBLE STAGE
was a programme of three performance works that use various methodologies of communication and engagement (or disengagement) ranging from storytelling to modernist theatre to participatory performance. THE SENSIBLE STAGE addresses questions of experience and perception, participation and spectatorship in relation to performance. THE SENSIBLE STAGE draws on the idea of the common sensorium described by the French philosopher, Jacques Rancière as "... ways of being together or of being apart, of being inside or outside, in front of or in the middle of", to ask how the staging of moments of common experience is affected by the differing approaches and methodologies chosen by the artist.

The Whitechapel screening programme included work by Mikko Canini, Lucienne Cole, Sebastian Buerkner, Louisa Fairclough, Clare Gasson, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Gail Pickering. To read the programme notes please click here.

To read about the performance programme in Bath and Bristol please click here or to see images and read about individual works please go here.

[IMAGES: Lucienne Cole, Hi Fidelity Hi: performance, 2007; Melanie Gilligan, The Miner's Object: performance 2008; Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Better Future Quad-Shaped: performance, 2008. Photographer: Sam Nightingale.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNEAU PROJECTS

In another profile of the work that Media Art Bath has commissioned during the last ten years, we are excited to tell you about the work, SEWN TO THE SKY that we commissioned from the Juneau Projects in 2007. The Juneau Projects currently have an exhibition at Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool until 21 May.

SEWN TO THE SKY was a participatory performance involving an interactive animation game controlled by a band of musicians playing customized musical instruments. The musicians play customized instruments (a guitar in the form of a stag's skull and a bass in the form of a killer moth) that interface with the animated images of the game created by the Juneau Projects with programmer, Ben Neal. SEWN TO THE SKY connects the process of playing a musical instrument and the structures of composition within visual experience and new technologies as particular sounds and instruments interact differently with the animation. SEWN TO THE SKY was presented in collaboration with the International Guitar Festival Summer School in Bath during Summer 2007, enabling Summer School participants the opportunity to participate in the game and expand their understanding of the possibilities and scope for contemporary music practice and performance. For more information about Juneau Projects' SEWN TO THE SKY please go here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAIL PICKERING, BRUTALIST PREMOLITION

In the weeks leading up to Media Art Bath's closure, we will be profiling projects that we are particularly proud of - the first of these, Gail Pickering's work BRUTALIST PREMOLITION was commissioned by Media Art Bath in 2008. BRUTALIST PREMOLITION was shown at the ICA London as part of ‘Nought to Sixty' and at the Arnolfini in Bristol. Comprising a film and sculptural installation, BRUTALIST PREMOLITION was presented as a gallery-based installation at the ICA, and was reworked for presentation as a live event in the theatre at the Arnolfini.

Gail Pickering is currently showing in British Art Show 7, ‘In the Days of the Comet' at the Hayward Gallery, London (16 February to 17 April 2011).

BRUTALIST PREMOLITION takes as its starting point the snaking concrete housing estate Robin Hood Gardens, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, a key example of post-war New Brutalist architecture intended as a utopian form of large scale social housing. Pickering works from the interior of the architecture, producing a film from within one of the flats on the estate. The film shows a resident family casting professional actors to play themselves. Embedding familiar faces from British television and film, we see the actors repeating well-rehearsed scenes from their inventory of past roles. As the work progresses, the actors begin to occupy the flat where their theatricality and professionalism is played out alongside the participation of the family.

For more information about BRUTALIST PREMOLITION please go here.

To download Bridget Crone's text on BRUTALIST PREMOLITION please click here.

[IMAGES: Gail Pickering, BRUTALIST PREMOLITION, 2008: live performance and film. Photographer: Sam Nightingale]

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ART BATH TO CLOSE

Media Art Bath's Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to close the organisation as of 31st March 2011.

It is with sadness that we announce the closure of Media Art Bath, which has a history of innovative and critically relevant programming.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends, colleagues and funders for their support over the years including Arts Council England, South West, and Bath and North East Somerset Council who have both regularly funded the organisation since 1999.

We are very proud of the achievements of Media Art Bath and Statement Media Arts (the organisation's name up to 2004), and we believe that this is a time to applaud those achievements including commissions of new work by Gail Pickering (2008), Hannah Rickards (2005) and Clare Gasson (2010) as well as projects such as the Media Arts Club for 13-16 year olds (2000-2001).

This is a time to celebrate the strength, diversity and resilience of the arts and particularly the hard work undertaken by small contemporary art organisations such as Media Art Bath, and during the next couple of months we will profile our achievements so please keep in touch with us as we celebrate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An excess in structure

MIKKO CANINI, TONY CONRAD, NICK LAESSING & STEPHEN SUTCLIFFE
Curated by Bridget Crone

18.30hrs Thursday 9 December
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

Media Art Bath is excited to present recent works by Mikko Canini, Nick Laessing and Stephen Sutcliffe alongside Tony Conrad's seminal work from 1966, Flicker in a programme that considers artwork that is driven by an obvious structural device.

Structure is exercised here as an operation (mechanical, textual or the use of an editing method, for example) rather than being connected to narrative or representation. What this means is that we see editing methods (something akin to the cut-up), the structuring of divergent information, and attention to mechanized or machinic processes made overt within this work.

Bridget Crone is the Artistic Director of Media Art Bath.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IN EXCESS OF STRUCTURE GO HERE.

We are very grateful to LUX who have supported this screening.

Image: Mikko Canini, MOHB (2008): video still.

 

 

 

 

 

figure of speech

Charles Atlas and Cecilia Bonilla
Curated by Adelaide Bannerman

18.30hrs, Thursday 11 November
16 Narrow Quay Bristol
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

We are excited to welcome Adelaide Bannerman, freelance curator and Programme Director for the International Curators Forum to THE MAB FILM EXERCISE.

Continuing her interest in choreographed movements in private and public space, Adelaide Bannerman presents works that (dis) orientate the narrativising modes of documentary and fiction. The programme will move from the exploration of movement through dance to address the editing techniques used by Charles Altas and Cecilia Bonilla. Here Atlas, working with choreographer, Karole Armitage, intersperses a docu-dramatic narrative amongst the choreographed sequences in Parafango (1983-4), and Bonilla creates a rhythmically disconcerting montage of commercial stills of women horse riding, Horse Riding (2008).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FIGURE OF SPEECH GO HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FUTURE FILM EXERCISES GO HERE FOR DECEMBER'S EXERCISE.

 

 

 

 

HOLD ME TIGHT / HOLDING ON FOREVER

Tommy Hartung, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix PointNever), Michael Robinson, Jordan Wolfson

18.30hrs Thursday 28 October
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

Media Art Bath is excited to present a programme curated by Al Cameron, film and music programmer at Arnolfini, for the next MAB FILM EXERCISE.

Recomposing mass entertainment into new quests towards truth, and particularly feeling a sincere reverence for pop music's structures and emotive powers - love, dread, yearning, melancholy - much of this recent work from New York reaches out its hands towards the eternal, the infinite, the ecstatic - ek-stasis: a state outside of time. Moving images compress and crystallize the temporal. Like memories they may loop again and again to the jetty at Orly: portals to universal emotions. Mental and cinematic processes become science fictions of the infinite; blissful, awesome, carrying a sublime promise to "unlock the door... to lie down with this beast in a world beyond time" (Ballard)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOLD ME TIGHT / HOLDING ON FOREVER GO HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FUTURE FILM EXERCISES GO HERE FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER'S EXERCISES.

 

 

 

 

New season of MAB FILM EXERCISES begin!

HOLD ME TIGHT / HOLDING ON FOREVER
Tommy Hartung, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix PointNever), Michael Robinson, Jordan Wolfson

18.30hrs Thursday 28 October
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
FREE but booking recommended (0117 917 2300)

Media Art Bath is excited to present a programme curated by Al Cameron, film and music programmer at Arnolfini, for the next MAB FILM EXERCISE.

Recomposing mass entertainment into new quests towards truth, and particularly feeling a sincere reverence for pop music's structures and emotive powers - love, dread, yearning, melancholy - much of this recent work from New York reaches out its hands towards the eternal, the infinite, the ecstatic - ek-stasis: a state outside of time. Moving images compress and crystallize the temporal. Like memories they may loop again and again to the jetty at Orly: portals to universal emotions. Mental and cinematic processes become science fictions of the infinite; blissful, awesome, carrying a sublime promise to "unlock the door... to lie down with this beast in a world beyond time" (Ballard)

 

 

 

 

 

Clare Gasson, The traveller walking walking walking through...

15.30hrs
Saturday 21 August 2010
Kindling Coffee
9a Claverton Buildings
Bath, United Kingdom, BA2 4LD

Media Art Bath (MAB) is delighted to present Clare Gasson's new work, The traveller walking walking walking through... read live by the artist. The traveller walking walking walking through... was commissioned by Media Art Bath and first performed live at the Arnolfini as part of Media Art Bath's A theatre to address mini festival in June.

The traveller - walking walking walking through... is a ballad written in response to a visit to Bath - to walking and experiencing the City, and thinking about the rhythm of walking and of waulking songs (the work songs of women waulking the cloth, and like miners' or seafaring songs, the rhythm of the songs - designed to assist the process of labour).

[Image: Clare Gasson, The traveller walking walking walking through... performance documentation from Media Art Bath, A theatre to address, June 2010]

 

 

 

A theatre to address continues...

Thanks to all the artists and our collaborators at the Arnolfini for the fantastic event - A theatre to address: a festival of textual form - concrete, material, scripted and performed. We were really excited to see the programme unfold with live performances ranging from Pil and Galia Kollectiv's Critical Mass - a worship at the Church of the Atom involving organist, Adi Gelbart, choir and high priest - to the more intimate (yet very scary) performances such as Annabel Frearson's Frankenstein2. Frankenstein2 is an ongoing project in which Frearson is rewriting Mary Shelley's Frankenstein using only words from the original, and few who were there will forget the actor's incantation of the word "misery" (brings a shiver to our spines even thinking about it).

Finally an important reminder that Clare Gasson's new work, The Traveller Walking Walking Walking Through can be experienced by downloading the map and podcast through our website (see the link above), purchasing the limited edition cassette from the Arnolfini bookshop and coming to Bath to do the walk!! Don't miss it.

[Image: Annabel Frearson, Frankenstein2: performance from Media Art Bath, A theatre to address, 2010. Photography: Sam Nightingale.]

A theatre to address

A festival of textual form
concrete, material, scripted, performed

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 June, Arnolfini

Clare Gasson, Maryam Jafri, Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Sovay Berriman, Phil Coy, Annabel Frearson, Beatrice Gibson, Julika Gittner, Sue Tompkins, The Otolith Group

A Media Art Bath project in collaboration with Arnolfini

A theatre to address is a festival of performances, talks and readings exploring the many forms of tex.

Highlights of the programme ON FRIDAY include new work by London-based artist, Clare Gasson, and Copenhagen / New York based artist, Maryam Jafri. And we're super excited that Pil and Galia Kollectiv will present Critical Mass: a Sermon for the Church of the Atom with live music by Gelbart.

Highlights of SATURDAY'S programme include Bristol-based artist, Sovay Berriman who will present a new collaboration-in-progress. Also a screening of Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group's film, Otolith III.

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