At: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Exhibition Preview: 03 February 2011, 5pm - 7pm
Exhibition: 04 February - 13 February 2011, 11am - 6pm
Screening & Discussion: 12 February 2011, 3pm
Lighthouse is excited to be exhibiting Archivia, a programme of 18 new works created and inspired by archival films, funded through the Digital Film Archive Fund. Archivia is an exhibition of new work made by artists, filmmakers and community groups in response to and with archival film footage showing what life was like from the 1890s across the South East.
New films include âThe Pickers' by Adam Chodzko, which comments on the current and historical experiences of migrant workers, by alternating the experience of contemporary Romanian strawberry pickers in the UK, with migrant hop-pickers in early 20th century film footage. Filmmaker Kat Mansoor produced 'Old Man In The Sea' a short film drawing on archive footage of the Brighton Swimming Club. The film's central character is David Sawyers, whose great great grandfather started the club 150 years ago. Disabled by arthritis whilst on land, David is freed from arthritis by sea swimming.
The programme also includes work by two groups within the Beatabet Collective, metaLuna and Man Ray Sky, who offer their interpretation of Brighton's illustrious past. Fortune Obscura is an audio-visual performance and interactive installation using film footage sourced from Screen Archive South East.
The Digital Film Archive Fund was set up by the UK Film Council to increase public access to and awareness of our regional screen heritage. In the South East, eighteen projects were created, which ranged from the production of new films, touring programmes, exhibitions in galleries, online sites, community-based explorations of local film and interactive work with young people. The projects explored themes such as home, place and identity, and were integrally linked to the extraordinary collections held by Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton and the Wessex Film & Sound Archive at the Hampshire Record Office.
The Archivia exhibition reflects the rich historical experience of living in this part of England from the 1890s till the present day, and will stimulate new interest in how archive film, combined with digital technology, can inspire and entertain.
See the works commissioned through DFAF on the Archivia website.
Archivia has been developed by Earth Stock Films and Screen Archive South East in partnership with Lighthouse and Screen South.
The Digital Film Archive Fund was set up by the UK Film Council to increase public access to and awareness of our regional screen heritage.