TWO NEW EVENTS CELEBRATE THE WORK OF PROGRESSIVE ARTISTS IN VIDEO AND PAINTING at the Regent Street Cinema in December.
JANE & LOUISE WILSON: UNDEAD SUN/WE PUT THE WORLD BEFORE YOU / 18 December / 8.30pm
In honour of Regent Street Cinema's formative place in cinema history, Film and Video Umbrella and the University of Westminster's Centre for Research in Art and Media (CREAM), present this special screening of two videos by the acclaimed artists Jane and Louise Wilson.
Undead Sun and We Put The World Before You look back at the aftermath of the First World War, and the huge technological and cultural transformations it brought in its wake. But the films also return us to the early days of cinema, and its new ways of seeing (and surveying) the world, in particular the films of the popular documentarist Charles Urban, which will also form part of the screening programme. Jane and Louise will discuss their work and the legacy of early cinema and its technologies.
AN ARTIST'S EYES / 10 December / 6.30pm
An Artist's Eyes, directed by Jack Bond, follows the journey of the brilliant young British painter, Chris Moon, as he navigates the perilous art world and a demanding, often excruciating relationship with his work. The film opens in Chris’s studio in London, then travels to a snowy, freezing New York for a pop-up art show and ends with Chris and his photographer friend driving his old Mercedes across Southern Spain. Through his travels, we discover what it means to be an artist and the very nature of creativity. Chris's character is revealed as uncompromising, bohemian and totally dedicated to painting. When the director, Jack Bond, asks him, 'What drives you?' his reply is 'Stubbornness, selfishness... madness drives me'.