OPEN16 Moving Image Online Showcase

1–30 October

(image: Matilda Harding-Kemp, In Search of Paradise)

Brighton Photo Fringe presents an online showcase of the OPEN16 Moving Image.

Here you can watch all 11 of the moving image works which were selected to be screened at Phoenix Brighton for Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.

Featured artists:

Caroline Douglas, Matilda Harding-Kemp, Sara Hibbert, Maria Kapajeva, Alyona Larionova, Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos, Amak Mahmoodian, Paul Simon Richards, Toby Smith, Sam Williams and Kyle Zeto. 

Read an interview with OPEN16 Moving Image artists Amak Mahmoodian and Maria Kapajeva by BPF16 Trainee Curator Ruby Rees-Sheridan here.

Caroline Douglas, Playboy Entertainment for Men Braille EditionJune 1996, 2010

A woman reads aloud extracts from a Braille edition of Playboy magazine. By recording this action on film, the artist explores and challenges perceptions of sensory impairment. Caroline Douglas is a Scottish lens-based artist and writer who divides her time between London and Edinburgh. She was a winner of the Hellen Keller International Award for this work.

Matilda Harding-Kemp, In Search of Paradise, 2016 

Set in an uncanny world, this film operates in the tension between actual and perfected realities. Revealing ideologies of the natural and technological landscape, In Search of Paradise explores the darker side of the sublime. A graduate of the University of Brighton, Tilly Harding-Kemp is a moving-image artist interested in ecology and the materiality of the digital image.

Sara Hibbert, Atlas, 2015 

Centred around Richard Liebreich’s Atlas of Ophthalmology- the first accurate ‘map’ of the retinal surface- this work explores notions of observation, distance and perception. Merging layered surfaces with extracts drawn from eye tests, eclipses, migraine aura and ASMR, Atlas expands upon the desire to document the invisible and unknown. Sarah Hibbert is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in London.

Maria Kapajeva, What Kind of Fame you Have, 2015 

This film is the result of a one-off experiment with a Latvian community of ‘suiti’ women, who sing ‘drone gossips’ as part of their preserved heritage. Four young women were invited to be the subjects of the improvisational singing. Caught on camera, their reactions show their ability to understand but inability to respond to what is sung about them, raising questions around the relevance of preserved traditions to contemporary culture. Maria Kapajeva is a London-based multimedia artist, originally from Estonia. This work was produced during the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.

Elena Kollatou & Leonidas Toumpanos, Greetings from Greece, 2016 

Responding to the recent war in Syria and the mass migrations that it has provoked, this film provides a portrait of a young male refugee who has settled in Greece. Elena Kollatou and Leonidas Toumpanos are Greek documentary photographers based in London. They work collaboratively on long-term environmental and social projects. 

Alyona Larionova, Across Lips, 2016 

Drawing upon jazz improvisation, this film attempts to decode notions of the present moment in a digital age. Framed by the gradual and comprehensive expansion of the Internet Archive, Across Lips questions what it really means to believe in something. Alyona Larionova is a mixed-media artist practicing in London. 

To view Shenasnameh by Amak Mahmoodian click HERE and enter the password 'shenasnameh'

Amak Mahmoodian, Shenasnameh 

The artist’s Iranian birth certificate, or Shenasnameh, served as the starting point for this project. Bringing together the identification photographs and fingerprints collected from different women across Iran, the film questions and challenges how these documents inform the representation of Iranian women. Amak Mahmoodian is an Iranian photographer living and working in Bristol. Shenasnameh has also been made into a photobook co-published by ICVL Studio & RRB Publishing. 

Paul Simon Richards, Quasi-Monte Carlo, 2016 

Fragmented scenes from a vacant apartment, where simple objects take on new meanings. Paul Simon Richards is a lens-based artist. 

Toby Smith, Rare Earthenware, 2015 

Rare earth elements are widely used in high end electronics and green technologies. This film retraces the journey of rare earth elements across global supply chains and back to their origins:  a radioactive lake in Inner Mongolia where the refining process takes place. It also documents the work of Unknown Fields Division, who have used mud from this lake to create three ceramic vessels, each sized in relation to the amount of waste created in the production of an everyday item of technology. Toby Smith is a Cambridge-based photographer and filmmaker. He works on large-scale research projects concerning landscape, environment, industrial and science stories.

Sam Williams, Until they feel- ahead of them- a barrier, 2016 

Set against the backdrop of a post-industrial estuary landscape, this work reflects upon the human body as a threshold between interior and exterior space. Both the figures and the architecture appear caught in a cycle of unproductive action, each influencing the other. Sam Williams is a multimedia artist living and working in London. 

Kyle Zeto, Dark Spring, 2016 

In this experimental work, the artist interrogates the continuing power of nature in our current technological age. In an era of networked culture and mass communication, Dark Spring explores new and emerging forms of mythological landscape.  Kyle Zeto is a London-based artist exploring human experiences of nature and technology. 

BPF OPEN16 Moving Image is a new open submission opportunity for early-career lens-based artists and photographers selected by a panel of professionals.  Brighton Photo Fringe recognises that many artists and photographers now work with both still and moving images and move fluidly from one to the other.  

OPEN16 Moving Image selection panel 

— Sarah Beddington, Artist and Filmmaker 

— Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator, Quad, Derby 

— Emma Critchley, Artist working in photography, film and installation 

— Matthew Noel-Tod, Artist and Course Leader Moving Image at University of Brighton

Funding from Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council through Grants for the Arts and Brighton.

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