Date: 6 - 29 April 2012
Location: Video Shop
Synopsis:Picture This is pleased to present an exhibition focusing on the work of British filmmaker Marc Karlin.
Karlin is an important but neglected figure within the British film avant-garde of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He was a member of the film collectives Cinema Action and the Berwick Street Film Collective, active within the film union ACTT and the Independent Filmmakers Association, and a founder member of the group which set up the journal of independent film, Vertigo, in 1993.
His groundbreaking films for television in the 80s and 90s combine documentary and fiction film tropes to explore the themes of memory, history and political agency. Karlin was a committed political filmmaker, but his dense, yet subtle films are also rich meditations on the nature of filmmaking, the formation and collapse of ideologies, and the endurance of the human spirit.
Two short films made for television – Haircut (1998) and A Dream from the Bath (1985) – shown on monitors in the Video Shop illustrate the range of Karlin’s practice. Haircut is a brief but searing satire on New Labour’s rise to power, whilst A Dream from The Bath is a more meditative and philosophical work about the history of film production in the UK and the migration of the cinematic to the stage of everyday life, utilising still images and elaborate domestic tableaux around which the camera restlessly tracks.
On show in the display cabinets of the Video Shop are a series of page layouts designed by Kate Hepburn for a book version of Nightcleaners (1974) by the Berwick Street Film Collective begun in 1975, but never published. Also on display are a number of journals featuring texts by Karlin and production stills from Nightcleaners and its sequel, ’36 to ’77 (1978).
Thursday 5 April 2012, 6 - 9pm
Thurs - Sun
1 - 6pm
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Marc Karlin is an important but neglected figure within the British film avant-garde of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Picture This present a weekend of screenings and talks on the work of Marc Karlin at Arnolfini.
Picture This is pleased to announce the opening of its new project space, Video Shop, with a book launch, screening and presentation of the 80s
Two eight-week part time paid internships
Dates: 5 April - 27 May 2012 or 24 May - 15 July 2012
Thursday 19 April 2012, 5.30-6.30pm
Picture This director, Dan Kidner, hosts Spike Island’s Extra Curricular reading group.
Picture This Video Shop
Thursday 5 April 2012, 6-9pm
The Video Shop will be open usual hours over the Easter holiday with the Marc Karlin exhibition. Thursday - Sunday, 1 - 6pm.