AboutTHU 02 DEC - SAT 18 DEC 2010
Artists: John Adams, William Burroughs, Barbad Golshiri, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Valerie Mréjen, Aura Satz, Guy Sherwin, Margaret Tait, and Olivier Zabat.
From 02-18 December VIVID presents LANGUAGE, an exhibition and events programme which explores the constructs of language and meaning from far reaching cultural perspectives.
Comprising an international selection of moving image, exhibition, discussion and print, the works cover four decades, spanning films which reflect the post-Structuralist theories of the 1970's to documented actions and contemporary works newly commissioned by VIVID.
Accompanying the exhibition, VIVID presents an exciting events programme (free entry unless otherwise stated):
Sat 04 Dec | 2PM John Smith Anthology
Award-winning filmmaker John Smith conducts a serious investigation into the combination of sound and image, but with a sense of humour that reaches out beyond the traditional avant-garde audience.
Thu 09 Dec | 6 PM Valérie Mréjen, Pork and Milk (2004)
A documentary in which Mréjen interviews ten Israeli Jews who traded their ultra-Orthodox traditions for secular ways, and conveys their stories with long, unbroken takes, filmed at incisive angles using natural or available light.
Sat 11 Dec | 2 PM- Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Speaking in Tongues (2009)
A documentary which follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual.
Thu 16 Dec | from 6.30PM | admission £2
Samuel Beckett, Not I (1975) + Performance by Aura Satz
A rare screening of BBC 2 footage documenting Billie Whitelaw's 1975 performance of Samuel Beckett's 20-minute dramatic monologue Not I. Following the screening, and using a Chladni plate, some tuning forks, and other such contraptions, artist Aura Satz performs an annotated, illustrated, fragmented talk on sound, its visualisation, and the utopian belief in a universal alphabet.
LANGUAGE is presented as the closing season for VIVID's 2008-10 PIONEERS programme, which juxtaposes contemporary practice with key historical works informed by the moving image. LANGUAGE is supported by National Lottery through Arts Council England, Birmingham Cultural Partnership.
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