The Box film project opens at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth Arts Centre are embarking on a new way of presenting film to their visitors in new project The Box.
The centre will showcase films on a daily basis in a viewing box that will be sited in the main foyer. Each season will features five or six artists, and one artist's work is shown per day on a rotational basis.
The first season is set to run from Thursday 22 July to Saturday 16 October and will show films by artists Dave Ball, Amanda Boyle, Cardiff-based collaborative artists Catrin Davies and Lewis Wright, Sabina Grasso, Laure Prouvost and art lecturer at Aberystwyth University Christopher Webster van Tonder.
Still photograph taken from Amanda Boyle's film Pop Art featuring Bill Milner
Amanda Boyle's short film Pop Art (2008) is based on a short story by Joe Hill, about the developing friendship between unhappy 12-year-old Toby (played by Bill Milner), and new fellow class mate Art - an inflatable boy.
This touching film, that combines the harsh reality of life and the surreal immersive world of imagination, has won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival, the Best Narrative Short at the River Run Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize for directing at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Still taken from A Most Strange and True Report (2010) by Cardiff-based artists Catrin Davies and Lewis Wright
Cardiff-based artists Catrin Davies and Lewis Wright often work collaboratively. Three works by the pair will be on show at the arts centre: Do You Really Think We're Serious? (2009), A Most Strange and True Report (2010), which explores explore ideas surrounding the passage of time, and Tug Of Life (2010), which explores the idea of unseen tension and the balance of power, and deals with temptation, love, conflict and sexuality.
Dave Ball is originally from Swansea and now lives in Berlin, Germany. His film Being Somewhere is to be shown and is a reflection on how to view a landscape.
Still taken from Dave Ball's film Being Somewhere
Being Somewhere is divided into eight sections, each representing a single day, and is based around the activity of repeatedly visiting a landscape - of open countryside near Worpswede in north-west Germany.
The film charts the progress (or lack of it) of the artist's attempts to visualise and understand the landscape and to form coherent thoughts about it.
Sabina Grasso's Midnight Candy is a suite of four powerful portrait films set at sunset. The four pieces feature women's fitness champion Loana Muttoni in São Paulo, Brazil; acrobat juggler Angelika Jost in Berlin (where the artist lives); Ablo, a griot musician in Milan, and Jian who shows the artist Tai Chi in China.
Photograph taken from Sabina Grasso's Midnight Candy, featuring Loana Muttoni
Laure Prouvost's Owt is a surreal film that is likely to baffle viewers at first, as the audio narration has been spliced and jumbled and set to a seemingly illogical set of images. Repeated viewing of the three minute film, which has been described as "joyfully anarchic", is likely to unveil more as viewers start to gain an understanding of the whole piece.
Photograph taken from Christopher Webster van Tonder's film Freya
Christopher Webster van Tonder is best known for his work with photographic images. His works on show are Pearl and Freya, and are manipulated 16mm films that are the result of the photographer's recent experiments with moving image.
Visit the Aberystwyth Arts Centre website for more information.
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