Intelligence Report

4 Oct 2014 – 8 Nov 2014

Peacock Visual Arts

Aberdeen, United Kingdom


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Intelligence Report comprises the screening of six powerful new feature films from the Middle East and North Africa at the Belmont Filmhouse plus moving image installations by acclaimed artists The Otolith Group as well as experimental short films by seven artists, at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen. 'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point And Another', The Otolith Group / 2012 / 33 min 32 s Departing from and returning to a reading of Sea and Fog (2011) by renowned poet Etel Adnan. The Otolith Group‘s film, shot largely in Adnan's Paris apartment, centers on a reading of the first chapter of her poem, 'Sea and Fog'. The sound of Adnan's gentle voice, and the quiet but ever present ambient noise in her apartment, create a powerful, meditative atmosphere that draw upon the powers of philosophy to pursue the continuous mutation of matter into velocity. If poetry can be understood as a study in constraint, the film, 'I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another', can be understood as an experiment in concentration and a study of gestures, that speaks of the mobility of language and the movement of the ocean. Short Films at Peacock Visual Arts: Saturday 4th Oct — Saturday 8th Nov 2014 [viewing time 1 hr 13 min; on a loop] 'Records From The Excited State — Chapter 3', Malak Helmy / Egypt / 2012 / 6 mins 'Once Upon A Sidewalk', Gheith Al-Amine / Lebanon/ 2009 / 20 mins 'Hand-Me-Downs', Yto Barrada / Morocco / 2011 / 14 mins 'Bachar Mar-Khalife's ‘Marea Negra'', Wael Nourredine / Lebanon / 2012 / 4 mins 'The Pessimists', Sama Alshaibi / Palestine, USA , UAE / 2009-12 / 8 mins 'A Secret of Secrets', Roy Samaha / Lebanon / 2013-14 / 4 mins 'Night Visitor: The Night of Counting the Years', Maha Maamoun / Egypt / 2011 / 8 mins Feature Films at The Belmont Filmhouse: Sunday 5th Oct, 6pm 'When I Saw You' (Lamma shoftak), Annemarie Jacir / Palestine, Jordan / 2012 / 93 mins / Arabic + English w/English subtitles Introduction by Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Aberdeen. Thursday 9th Oct, 6pm 'Sleepless Nights' (Layali Bala Noom), Eliane Raheb / Lebanon, Palestine, UAE, Qatar, France / 2012 / 128 mins / Arabic, French + English w/English subtitles / Documentary Introduction by Dr. Stefanie Van de Peer, Global Cinema Fellow, University of Stirling. Sunday 12th Oct, 6pm 'Crop', Johanna Domke and Marouan Omara / Egypt, Germany / 2012 / 45 mins / Arabic + English w/English subtitles / Documentary Introduction by Dr. Andrea Teti, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen. Thursday 16th Oct, 6pm 'Babylon', Ismäel Leamsi, Youssef Chebbi, Ala Eddine Slim / Tunisia / 2012 / 121 mins / Arabic, French + English / Documentary Sunday 19th Oct, 6:30pm 'Civil War', Mohamed Soueid / Lebanon / 2002 / 84 mins / Arabic w/English subtitles / Documentary Thursday 6th November, 6pm 'Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam', Omar Almiralay / Syria /1970 / 13 mins / Arabic w/English subtitles 'A Flood in Baath Country', Omar Almiralay / Syria, France / 2003 / 46 mins / Arabic w/English subtitles / Documentary Box Office: The Belmont Filmhouse Ticket Prices: Adult £9.00 Adult Member £7.50 Concession £6.00 Concession Member £4.50 Child (Under 15) £5.00 Buy 3+ tickets, get 15% off Buy 6+ tickets, get 25% off (all tickets must be bought at the same time) Intelligence Report is organised by Jay Murphy, a writer and independent curator based in New York and New Orleans. He has contributed to MAP, Frieze, Parallax, Culture Machine, Afterimage, Huffington Post, Parkett, Contemporary, Art in America, Metropolis, Third Text, among other publications; he edited the alternative journal Red Bass and the book anthology For Palestine (1993). He was thrice a finalist for Sundance Screenwriting Labs and his collaborative Internet projects have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2011 and 2009 he organised exhibitions and programmes of film and moving image work from the Middle East and North Africa for venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and in 2008 gallery exhibitions in New York and Edinburgh.He is currently working on studies of Antonin Artaud (having completed a doctorate on Artaud's Metamorphosis" in 2011) and a creative nonfiction web project on the Middle East called Baraya.

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