Stephen SutcliffE - Writer in Residence

Every year since 2005 Frieze Foundation has commissioned a series of new short films, including several co-commissioned with LUX Artists´ Moving Image and the ICO (Independent Cinema Organisation). The films have been premiered at Frieze Art Fair in London. Frieze Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2003 and is responsible for the curated programme at Frieze Art Fair, comprising artist commissions, talks, films, music and education.


THU 11.4.2013, Juhlasali, 18:00


Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Anthem (2006, 5min)
The Thai ritual of playing the royal anthem before a feature film presentation in order to honour the king was the point of departure for Weerasethakul’s 35mm film. This ceremonial procedure is one of hundreds that take place on a daily basis in Thailand. The Anthem (2006) was conceived as a blessing, to take place at the beginning of each screening.

Shahryar Nashat: Quad (2010, 11min)
Shahryar Nashat’s new video continues his desire-inflected dialogue with the art of artists Nairy Baghramian, Julian Göthe, Hilary Lloyd and Luigi Ontani.

Stephen Sutcliffe: Writer in Residence (2010, 5min)
Sutcliffe poses the melancholic hallucination that is Adrian Leverkühn’s meeting with the Devil in Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus (1947) in direct counterpoint to the conversation by Colin Wilson in his book The Outsider (1956). Sutcliffe returns to his characteristic theme of (artistic) self-doubt with prognoses, remedies and worst-case scenarios.

Elizabeth Price: The Tent (2010, 9min)
Every aspect of the video has been extorted from the book Systems (1972), a catalogue of an exhibition by artists associated with the eponymous 1970s British group: Richard Allen, John Ernest, Malcolm Hughes, Colin Jones, Michael Kidner, Peter Lowe, James Moyes, David Saunders, Geoffrey Smedley, Jean Spencer, Jeffrey Steel and Gillian Wise Ciobotaru.

Linder: Forgetful Green (2010 21min)
“Like every work I make, my new film Forgetful Green is taken from a location defined by John Bunyan in The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) as “the most dangerous place in all these parts.” Bunyan describes the tale as being “delivered under the similitude of a dream,” and my early arrival at a rose field in Colchester in mid-July, directly after my 13-hour performance The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME (2010), seemed wholly dreamlike…”

Jess Flood-Paddock: Island – A Regime (2010 3 min)
Island, A Regime is a new video work filmed on a mobile phone. The non-linear narrative tone throughout aims to create a mood associated with travelling and observing. The unseen traveller and watcher who is also the video-maker, is an implied presence – a private and secretive observer who records ‘the sites’. The work attempts to provide a counterpoint to the often laborious process of filmmaking – involving tripods, grips and re-takes – by focusing on idleness, leisure and simple means

Wilhelm Sasnal: Europa (2007, 3min)
Originally made on 16mm –film, Europa is an inherently structuralist film which contents are part defined by its prescribed three-minute duration. The first half of the film comprises a series of descriptions of its material properties and where it was produced, how the rest of film will be structured and when the soundtrack will start.

Bonnie Camplin: Special Afflictions by Roy Harryhozen (2006, 5min)
Inspired by Jack Cardiff’s British horror movie The Mutations (1970), in which a crackpot scientist attempts to fuse humans with strains of plant life, Camplin’s film describes a quintessentially British drawing-room play in which a group of fairground performers have each been inflicted with a cinematic special effect.

Miguel Calderón: Guest of Honour (2006, 6min)
Guest of Honor follows a family one Sunday afternoon as they head into the woods for a picnic; befriending a young deer on their excursion, the family enjoy and encourage the new addition to their party until the animal’s overactive bowel movements put an unpleasant end to their rural outing.


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