Film and video have emerged as increasingly important media for artists in the past decade, and Now Showing proposes an exhibition in the form of a short season of projected films showcasing a group of new acquisitions to the Arts Council Collection. Part of our ongoing series of Spotlight exhibitions, designed for a single, small gallery or project room, Now Showing will feature one projection a week for six weeks, encouraging repeat visits and adding up to a thoughtful insight into contemporary practice.
Whether more formal in their concerns, or engaged with the history and nature of the medium of film itself, the six works which make up Now Showing draw on a wide range of influences: home movies, news media, grainy black and white archive footage, TV documentary and mainstream cinema. At one level or another, most of the works appear to interrogate the notion of “truth” as presented on the screen, sometimes weaving together appropriated footage with new material to create an authored narrative.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a small publication with texts on the featured artists; the collection is also keen to facilitate artists talks wherever possible.
Artists featured in Now Showing:
10 May – 22 June 2008
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Hove
29 July - 6 September 2008
The Changing Room, Stirling
17 September – 2 November 2008
Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa
10 November – 13 December 2008
University Gallery, University of Essex, Colchester
10 January – 22 February 2009
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
27 June – 9 August 2009
Preston Hall Museum, Stockton
22 August – 4 October 2009
Museum and Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, Outer Hebrides
5 December 2009 – 6 March 2010
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
Top image: Idris Kahn, A Memory... after Bach's Cello Suites, 2006.
Bottom image: Otolith, The Otolith Group, 2003.