The range of work that Contact will show spans different aspects of the expansive field of experimental film and video, from galley-based work to films shown in ‘chamber’ screenings, from site-specific work through to performance-orientated pieces and expanded cinema. The work reflects the spirit in which these artists’ work has often been made, in terms of co-operative collaborations on the level of production, exhibition and presentation.
The festival will be accompanied by a publication including discussion pieces by Luke Aspell and collectiv-iz (on collective practices), Sally Golding, James Holcombe and Cathy Rogers (on different manifestations of contemporary expanded cinema), and short essays by Maria Palacios Cruz (LUX, Deputy Director), William Fowler (BFI, curator of artists' moving image) and Nicky Hamlyn (filmmaker and writer), plus the complete listings.
Artists: Maria Anastassiou, Luke Aspell, Jenny Baines, Steven Ball and Martin Blažíček, Kerry Baldry, Oliver Bancroft, George Barber, Dan Brackenbury and Joe Gilmore, Ian Bourn, Savinder Bual, Marek Budzynski, Nick Collins, David Cunningham, Amy Dickson, Karel Doing, Malgorzata Drohomirecka, Louisa Fairclough, Patti Gaal-Holmes, Sally Golding and Spatial, Nicky Hamlyn, Bea Haut, Laura Hindmarsh, James Holcombe and Secluded Bronte, Riccardo Iacono, Jamie Jenkinson, Deniz Johns, Conor Kelly, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Adam Kossoff, Malcolm Le Grice, David Leister, Steve Littman, Lynn Loo, Juile Marsh, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Jennifer Nightingale, Matthew Noel-Tod, Jayne Parker and Joan Key, Simon Payne, Heather Phillipson, Gareth Polmeer, Greg Pope and Kostis Kilymis, William Raban, Karolina Raczynski, Samantha Rebello, Duncan Reekie, Lis Rhodes, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Cathy Rogers, Guy Sherwin, John Smith, Vicky Smith, Mary Stark, Francesco Tacchini and Oliver Smith, Anna Thew, Jennet Thomas, Andrew Vallance, Mark Watson, Ian Wiblin, Laura Wilson, Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
The Contact festival is programmed by Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne; Andrew Vallance is filmmaker, writer and curator, and Simon Payne is a filmmaker whose work in the last year has been shown at The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and at the Ann Arbor and Rotterdam film festivals amongst others. They initiated and programmed Assembly (Tate Britian, 2013-4) and have run a series of screenings, under the title Contact, since October 2014, exploring connection between experimental film and poetry, music, and painting.
Contact: A Festival of New Experimental Film and Video is supported by the Arts Council through their Grants for the Art scheme.