Screening: The Genome Chronicles & 3 Songs on Pain Light & Time

27 Oct 2016

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10:00 – 18:00

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Vivid Projects

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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An introduced screening of two important films exploring Donald Rodney’s life, followed by Q&A with Dr Rina Arya, Wolverhampton University and curator Ian Sergeant.


3 Songs on Pain Light and Time (1995) is a rarely seen video portrait in deliberately unbalanced colours, made by Trevor Mathison and Edward George and produced with Black Audio Film Collective. The Genome Chronicles (2009) directed by John Akomfrah will also be screened. In the space of a few days in 1998, filmmaker John Akomfrah lost two people very close to him: his mother and a friend, the British artist Donald Rodney. The Genome Chronicles is the filmmaker's response to these events in the form of a 'song cycle' in ten parts, which combines his own footage of repeated trips to the Scottish islands of Skye and Mull with Rodney's own Super 8 footage.

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Yasmeen Baig-Clifford

Ian Sergeant

Exhibiting artists

Donald Rodney

Trevor Mathison

John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah

Edward George

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