Damien Roach

And then, just for a moment… 2005 3 second loop

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Mostly working in painting and sculpture, themes of altered states of perception are shared by most of Roach’s works. He is beginning to attract international attention.

Consisting of a three-second moment from the film Dazed and Confused played backwards and forwards again, it isolates a single and almost unnoticed moment of reverie, and draws it out into a state of dreamy beatitude that can easily lull and envelop the viewer. The screen is positioned on the floor so that the character appears to be gazing, vaguely, towards the viewer.


Cao Guimarães

From The Window Of My Room 2005 3.54

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Guimarães, internationally known for his film and video work, is capable of locating the most ordinary, but most astonishingly compelling of moments.

From the Window… shows two siblings play/fighting on a rainy beach, shot by chance on Super 8. Achingly intimate, comical, and careless, the work is a glimpse into the absorptions and minor battles of childhood.


Peiote 2005 2.53

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Peiote is another chance moment, witnessing a toddler’s impromptu participation with a display of ritual aboriginal dancing in the Brazilian town of Belo Horizonte. His modern clothes at odds with the traditional costumes of the dancers, he prances unnoticed and completely at ease amongst the pomp and machismo of the display. His childish lack of self-consciousness and simple enjoyment of the moment suddenly appears far more magical than the staged efforts of the professional dancers.


Amy Engles

When I Found The Knife Again 2006 4.43

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Engles is an emerging filmmaker and animator.

This animation video was made in response to a competition set by Swedish electro/pop duo The Knife. This offbeat urban fairytale tells of a rabbit’s obsession with their music and his epic quest to find his idols and be taken away by them.


Sheena MacRae

Gone  2002 7.30

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UK-based MacRae frequently uses her extensive post-production experience to adapt found footage from popular cinema and television.

The fabulous palette and epic scenographic sweep of Gone With The Wind is not lost, oddly, when you speed it up to be seven and a half minutes long. The film only pauses to take in the repetition of a single line by the character Scarlett O’Hara, a rarely-noticed moment testifying to her refusal to face up to reality.


Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Listens  2004 7.21

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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz lives and works in Puerto Rico. She addresses the issues of trust involved in working with her subject matter through sensitive negotiations of the fictions they can produce. Her work is rarely shown in Europe.

A. Listens is the outcome of an outreach project conducted at an inner city specialist school for young people with emotional behavioural problems. The video is a collaboration with Ann, a student who connected with Santiago Muñoz through her exceptional ability to weave fantastical stories. Never probing into Ann’s personal life, the collaboration results in a strange and poignant combination of truths and fictions.


Santiago Muñoz

Everything Leads To Nothing 2003 9mins

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Santiago Muñoz worked with a group of girls who, living in an isolated region of Puerto Rico, had become even more cut off by the collapse of a local bridge. She asked them to perform fantasies of escape, to practice, and to prepare. The resulting video holds all the weight, longing, and explosive potential of adolescence.


Matt Stokes

Matt Stokes, based with Workplace Gallery, Gatesehad, is the 2006 winner of Beck’ Futures.

Long After Tonight 2006 6.40

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For this work Stokes organised and filmed a northern soul night in a Gothic revivalist church. Sharing the strategies but not the cast of the pop video dance scene, the work features instead unglamorised members of the northern soul scene in serious abandonment to the music.


Rosanna Guy Greaves 

 

Greaves is an emerging London-based artists whose practice generally focuses on sound installation.

 

A Bit Of Elgarian Passion 2006 2.12 (no picture available)

The valiant efforts of a small string orchestra’s rehearsal are the soundtrack accompanying a most fascinating piece of cinema picked up seemingly accidentally. Filmed romantically through a restaurant window, the voyeuristic pleasure of watching a dining couple is compromised by the amateurish soundtrack and the eventual comic denouement.


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