As part of CIRCA Projects’ ongoing investigation into how artists work with the moving image and the screen, initiated in 2011 with the 7-month programme CIRCA Screen, CIRCA Projects presented the Film London Jarman Award touring programme in the northeast for a fourth consecutive year. In 2014 we were pleased to be partnering with Tyneside Cinema’s new gallery space to present an extended programme; with two events with CIRCA Projects at the Northern Charter and an exhibition, curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi and FLAMIN, by 2013 Jarman Award winner John Smith at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema.
In advance of the main Jarman Award screening, a special event pairing John Smith, winner of the 2013 Jarman Award, with Steven Claydon, shortlisted for 2014 Jarman Award, brought together two artists with very different filmmaking approaches to discuss their work together.
The event was followed by a preview of the exhibition ‘The Jarman Award: John Smith’ at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema.
The works featured in the event were: Steven Claydon: The Ancient Set (2008), Grid & Spike (2013) and The Earth at Work (2012) and John Smith: The Man Phoning Mum (2011), Dad’s Stick (2012) and Associations (1975).
Steven Claydon works in video, sculpture and performance. His art is underscored by a sustained focus on concepts of the artefact, the object, or the ‘thing’. Often it works to highlight the ambivalent status of artefacts in human society and the uncertain transmission of knowledge between cultures and epochs. Both formal and narrative, his videos aggregate found and original footage, utilising analogue and digital formats. Through cross-processing they produce intricate visual and sonic tapestries. Agglomerative in their processes and forms, his installations problematise the mechanisms of display and received wisdoms that govern our ideas of spectacle. Claydon studied at Chelsea School of Art & Design and Central Saint Martins, London. He has exhibited internationally, with major exhibitions including Culpable Earth at firstsite, Colchester (2012); Mon Plaisir…Votre Travail.., La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France (2011); Goldene Zeiten / Golden Times, Haus der Hunst, Munich, Germany (2010); The Ancient Set and The Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London. Performances include An Equivalence Propelled, Royal William Dockyard, Plymouth (2011);Bestiary, Cavallerizza Reale, Turin (2009); Ancient Set and Fictional Pixel, Serpentine Pavilion, London, (2008). In 2007 he curated the exhibition Strange Events Permit Themselves The Luxury of Occurring at Camden Arts Centre.
John Smith (b. 1952) is a London based artist. Initially inspired by conceptual art and structural materialism but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed an extensive body of work that blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Drawing upon the raw material of everyday life his films, in his words, “rework and transform reality, exploring and exposing the language and manipulative power of cinema”. Since 1972, he has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been widely shown internationally in galleries, cinemas and on television. Smith’s recent solo exhibitions include Turner Contemporary, Margate; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen; PEER Gallery, London. His recent video Dad’s Stick (2012) won awards at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany and Punto De Vista International Film Festival, Spain.
Image Credits: Steven Claydon: The Ancient Set (2010). Image courtesy of the artist and Sadie Coles, London. John Smith: Dad’s Stick (2012). Image courtesy of the artist.
This event is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.