Gallery 1 – Artists’ Use of Documentary

Tim Shore, Cabinet (2006) 18mins 20secs

Tim Shore’s Cabinet is a mixture of found imagery and sound juxtaposed with elegiac images the artist shot on various trips to the United States. Cabinet evokes a disturbing view of America: examining a collective psyche and how the outside world views it – all mediated through the demented manifesto of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

Tim Shore’s film Cabinet (2006) continues an interest in, and exploration of, the history of technological progress and its often-ambivalent impact on society and the individual. It was premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006 and was awarded Second Prize at transmediale.07, Berlin. Other exhibitions include: Oriel Mostyn Open; Darbyshire Prize; Site07; Stroud Valleys Artspace, and touring programmes of microcinema and transmediale.07. For more information visit: www.tshore.backpackit.com/pub/1205685

Alex Reuben, Routes: Dancing to New Orleans (2005/6) 60mins

In August 2005, inspired by Harry Smith’s anthology of American Folk Music, London DJ Alex Reuben set out along the American Road, fulfilling a lifelong dream to document the social dance of Southern USA. Reuben travelled from North Carolina to Memphis, Tennessee and onto Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina halted his journey towards Fats, and Louisiana. The result is a dance road movie that gives insights into lesser-known forms of American dance and music culture and the lives of extraordinary Americans. Set against the US federal governments woeful response to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, at a time when Americans were questioning their position on the war in Iraq, the film explores Appalachian Clogging, Hip-Hop, Stepping, Marching Bands, Mississippi Fife and Drum, Cajun and Zydeco. Routes: Dancing to New Orleans is a Capture4 commission for Arts Council England.

Alex Reuben is a director and filmmaker who also makes music, documentaries, pop promos and installations. He has been a visiting lecturer at Central St Martins and Camberwell Schools of Art, London since 1991 and his work regularly features at International Film Festivals and galleries.

Charlotte Ginsborg, The Mirroring Cure (2006) 27mins

Assuming the form of documentary, The Mirroring Cure examines the interplay between the design manager of a new building project, focusing in particular on his sudden loss of balance, and the secretary/ receptionist of the same building, once finished. In amongst this Ginsborg presents a powerful study of the various workers on the building project and their attitude towards work and career. The film blurs the line between the real and the imaginary, focusing on the role of a building in the lives of those that work there.

Charlotte Ginsborg’s films interweave documentary and fictional elements to explore people’s psychological and physical relationship to the social and architectural fabric of the city. Her work has been exhibited and screened at The Jerwood Space, the ICA, the Serpentine Gallery and the Lux in London, and in various international film festivals, including the Kasseler Dokumentarfilm-&Videofest, Germany, and Asia Europe Mediations, Poland.

Rachel Garfield, Centre Left: Centre Right (Southend) (2006) 8mins

Centre Left: Centre Right (Southend) by Rachel Garfield features the disembodied voices of two men who have spent the majority of their lives in Southend. As the film progresses, and each participant reveals more about their memories and – crucially – political leanings, the viewer forms a distinct sense of the eponymous seaside resort.

Rachel Garfield has exhibited widely in Great Britain. Her work has recently been supported by an Arts Council funded National Touring Show (2005) at University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Focal Point Gallery and Artsdepot and also screenings at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (2004) and in the US at the Museum of New Art Detroit (2006) and Spark Video, Syracuse New York (2004). She is currently exhibiting as part of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery Visions programme. For more information visit:

www.axisweb.org/artist/rachelgarfield

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