A Cinema at the James Taylor Gallery
23 Jul 2009 – 26 Jul 2009
- Collent Street
- E9 6SQ
- United Kingdom
- Buses: 26, 277, 388
- Closest tube: Bethnal Green
- Train: Hackney central
AboutA Cinema takes up temporary residence in a cavernous space of The James Taylor Gallery prompting the union of 3 concurrent events; an exhibition in the labyrinth of its auxiliary rooms and 2 screenings.
Curators, filmmakers and artists were invited to respond to the specific context of the show. The James Taylor Gallery has always provided a unique context to exhibitors, ignoring the traditional conventions of a neutral white space, the gallery retains the reminders of its past. Its visibly layered history attracts filmmakers and producers to utilise the space as a set to feed their own narratives. However for exhibitions its distressed walls, weighty metal doors and dilapidated bus garage with a domineering tyre pile means the space constantly threatens to consume the work.
With a makes-shift Cinema installed in the space the contributors must respond to this intricate context whilst presenting an open dialogue that reveals their differing perspectives, values and aspirations which could be seen to be found on different sides of the divide between mainstream cinema and fine art film.