Temporalities Talks

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07 Mar - 22 Mar 2018


Central Saint Martins has been crucial to artists’ moving image culture in the UK since the 1960s. Temporalities (20 February - 24 March) is an exhibition drawing on the rich history of fine art moving image at the college and projecting that practice into the future with Correspondence a series of newly commissioned responses by current students to historical student film and video work. 


Throughout the exhibition there will be a series of lunchtime talks which will examine the past, present and future implications of fine art moving image at Central Saint Martins and beyond. These talks are free and open to all, view the schedule below to find out more.

Thursday 22 February, 1pm

Correspondence is an exhibition of newly commissioned responses to historical student film and video work from the Museum and Study Collection. Curated by Susan Trangmar and Steven Ball with responses from Paul O’Kane, it consists of moving image based installation works by current Central Saint Martins students from MA Fine Art, MA Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies and MA Art and Science. Participating students: Marianne Casmose, Diana Lloyd, Nathalie Mei, Marco Pantaleoni, Emma Starkey, Çağlar Tahiroğlu, Shu Zhang. ​

“I am so aware of my body” 
Wednesday 7 March, 1pm
Sandra Lahire was a central figure in feminist artists’ film until her death in 2001 after a long struggle with anorexia. Marina Grzinic has observed that for Lahire the body is “the primal element she uses to establish her relationship with her surroundings”.  Çağlar Tahiroğlu (MA Art and Science), who has made a work for Correspondence responding to Lahire’s film Arrows, made while Lahire was a student at St Martins’, will be in conversation with artist filmmaker Sarah Pucill about Lahire’s work and her own responses to it.

Curating VR and New Media
Thursday 8 March 1pm
Artists and makers are increasingly engaging with new technologies and it is estimated that within the next five years augmented and virtual reality will be part of the basic toolkit for creative practitioners. This event brings together those working in or developing pedagogic practices around new technologies with those tasked with the challenge of curating and preserving born digital artworks.  With Nelson Crespo (4D Co-ordinator, CSM), Jack McConchie (Time Based Media Conservator, Tate), Louisa Minkin (MA Fine Art Course Leader, CSM) and Judy Willcocks (Head of Museum & Study Collection, CSM).

Collecting Artists' Film and Video
Tuesday 13 March, 1pm
Dedicated to the work of moving image artists, British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection is part of the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection. The collection exists to support research and comprises many copies of moving image work, publications, paper documents and still images. It reflects the development of the moving image as an art-form between 1960 and 2000. It is the largest collection of material of its kind in the UK. David Curtis, Steven Ball, and Duncan White (Research Fellow and MRES:Moving Image Course Leader CSM) discuss the unique role that the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection, and the various projects it has generated, plays in the research and study of artists’ moving image.

Feminist Circles at St Martin’s and beyond
Wednesday 14 March, 1pm
Jean Matthee (artist), Sarah Turner (artist and Reader in Fine Art, University of Kent), and chair Selina Robertson (PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London), discuss the important influence that feminism had on moving image practice, both at St Martin’s and beyond, during the 1980s, and its continuing relevance as a political and philosophical underpinning for contemporary practice.

Flowers of Romance
Friday 16 March, 1pm
William Fowler (Artists’ Moving Image Curator, British Film Institute) in conversation with Steven Ball on the work of the new generation of film and video makers, many of whom came out of St Martin’s, who emerged in the charged post-punk ‘new romantic’ days of the early 1980s, and forged new imaginative forms of representation and expression for changing social, individual, and political identities.

Scratching the Structure
Wednesday 21 March 1pm
Malcolm Le Grice founded the Film Unit at St Martin’s in 1965, and is one of the UK’s most well-known experimental filmmakers. He is often particularly associated with ‘structural’ film. George Barber, who studied at St Martin’s in the late 1970s, with his invention of Scratch video became one of the most renowned video artists of the 1980s. As such their work represents distinct innovative experimental moving image practices. Here they will discuss their work with artist Matthew Noel-Tod, with regard to both the discrete specificity of film and video media, and the commonalities of their practice.

Central Saint Martins: Moving Image Connections
Thursday 22 March, 1pm 
We start this conversation by looking at the early connections between the St Martin’s Film Unit and the London Filmmakers’ Cooperative with Malcolm Le Grice and Kathryn Siegel (PhD King’s College London). Anna Thew joins in to discuss the many outside film and video screenings that she organised when she taught at the college in the 1980s, and Fine Art Programme Leader Alex Schady reflects on CSM's very particular contemporary position in relation to the exhibition of moving image work, and the changing nature of the art school as a cultural institution.

For all accessibility requirements, please email reception@csm.arts.ac.uk

Image credit: Shu Zhang - A Strange Enough Train