Jerwood Charitable Foundation funding Human/Nature film

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I’m very happy to announce that the project Human/Nature, developed as part of the Culture & Climate Change: Scenarios Residency Programme has just received funding from Jerwood Charitable Foundation for the film’s production.

@cultureandcc www.cultureandclimatechange.co.uk
@JerwoodCF http://www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org/projects/emma-critchley/

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Filming started last month at the ALMA observatory in the Atacama Desert

Culture and Climate Change is supported by The Open University OpenSpace Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, The Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

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Looking for female pioneers of the deep sea and space for a new film project: Human/Nature

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We are currently looking for inspiring women working in the field of deep sea and space exploration to be the voices of this new artist’s film project. 

Human / Nature is set around two critical frontiers of today: deep sea and space – romanticised stages, which are at the same time present-day borders of conquest for mineral resources and territory. The work will ask questions about the fantasies we construct and investigate the intimate relationship between exploration and exploitation.

Shot on location in underwater training habitats, these rehearsal spaces provide the visual backdrop for the film’s fragmented dialogue that interweaves narratives from the history of space and deep-sea exploration – real and fantasy. The script will explore how reverberant layers of industrialisation and colonialism have affected the way we relate to our environment – both immediate and distant. Narrated by female pioneers of deep sea and space exploration, the work will open up alternatives to these legacies in a poetic montage, which in turn poses questions about our current state and how we should move forward into these frontiers.

For more about Emma and her work please visit: www.emmacritchley.com
If you would like to get in touch: info@emmacritchley.com

Human/Nature is being developed as part of the Culture & Climate Change residency, which is supported by The Open University Open Space Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, the Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

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UNFOLD selected for Tenderflix

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Tenderflix is an international experimental film and video competition organised by Tenderpixel. In its 9th year in 2016 we received over 350 submissions for the theme, Better Living. Originally related to the design field, this notion genuinely echoes a wider strive to imagine better structures for building all aspects of our lives – most importantly in terms of aesthetics, economics and social relations.

The shortlisted 11 films will be screened on 25 November 2016 at The Horse Hospital in London, where the winner of the competition will be announced and given the £1000 cash prize.

Films
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry, A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock
Dagmar Schürrer, I Want To Be Like You
Alyona Larionova, Across Lips
Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot, Plasma Vista
Lidija Kononenko, Intimacy in Four Acts: A Conversation with a Friend
Evy Jokhova, A House for a Mouse
Jeremy Hutchison, i-
Natalia Skobeeva, Lewis Carroll Meets Godzilla
Emma Critchley & Gail Jenkinson, Unfold
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The School of the Event Horizon (Steven Ounanian, Kate Pickering, Emily Rosamond), Triple Bottom Line

Jury
Josephine Curtis, executive producer of Liberation Films
Etan Ilfeld, founder of Tenderpixel Gallery
Lawrence Lek, artist and winner of the 2015 Tenderflix Prize

The Tenderflix Prize is generously supported by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

http://www.tenderpixel.com/exhibitions/tenderflix-2016

New film installation: ‘The Water Sinks Down with Them’ opens next week

TWSWT_4In conjunction with Opera North’s epic presentation of Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle, a new sound and film installation The Water Sinks Down with Them by artist Emma Critchley comes to Leeds Central Library from Monday 16 to Thursday 26 May.

The installation will accompany Opera North’s Ring cycle on tour to:

Admission at all venues is free, with no booking required

Emma Critchley takes her inspiration from the opening bars of Wagner’s 16-hour epic, beginning where the composer began with the primeval energy of the River Rhine: ‘The fact that the Ring starts and ends in water is central to my response with this work. It’s an exploration of this Wagnerian idea of a pre-existing cosmos in which human consciousness takes form. The water is primordial and evokes an expansive sense of time, before and after our own existence. Through the film a timeless, ever-changing space unfolds that seems at times colossal, at others microscopic.’

Sound designer Nicolas Becker, who has worked with filmmakers including Roman Polanski and David Cronenberg, and received his second Golden Reel award for his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, has been collaborating with the artist. A recording of Opera North’s Rhinemaidens – the first and the last characters seen in the four-opera cycle – will form basis of the soundscape. “It’s inspired by the opening bars of Das Rheingold that evolve into the first sung word, which is Wagner’s metaphor for the evolution of consciousness” says Critchley.

The artist, a qualified commercial diver whose fascination with the submarine world can be seen throughout her work in photography and film, admits that she is a newcomer to the music of Wagner: ‘It’s been a steep learning curve – I spent Christmas getting to grips with recordings of the cycle and the libretto translations, and reading around the myths and the philosophy that fed into Wagner’s work.’

She cites Ludwig Feuerbach, the German philosopher and contemporary of Wagner, as an influence on the new installation. Feuerbach’s belief in the supremacy of nature, which ‘has no beginning and no end’ and ‘is at once effects and cause, acting and reacting on all sides’, was taken up passionately by Wagner as he wrote the Ring, and in an early draft the cycle concludes with the so-called ‘Feuerbach ending’.

The Water Sinks Down with Them is part of an extensive programme of special events and commissions, including talks, film screenings, live broadcasts and family workshops, in celebration of Opera North’s performance of six complete cycles of the Ring in cities across the country this summer.

Emma Critchley will give an informal artist’s talk in the exhibition space on Tuesday 17 May from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Admission is free and no booking is necessary, but space is limited so early arrival is recommended.

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Installation Photos from UK/RAINE exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

The Firtash Foundation and Saatchi Gallery present UK/RAINE, an exhibition of emerging artists from the UK and Ukraine as part of the Days of Ukraine in the UK festival. 24th November 2015 – 3rd January 2016