Moving House Movies

09.03.11
We launched APEngine with the Kubrick Archive inspired films made by Animation students at the London College of Communication as a ‘live brief’ project. As part of their latest project, LCC Animation students have made four short films for Moving House – a National Trust initiative – inspired by Khadambi Asalache’s extraordinary decoration of his house at 575 Wandsworth Road in south London. The house was ...
Seeing things as we are…

03.02.11
Image by Jeremy James with original Photography by Hugo Glendinning Courtesy of Steve Jackman Michael Carlson and Michael Atavar reflect on recent experiences of the intersection between artist film and documentary. First Michael Carlson… Putting strict boundaries on a notion of artists’ film and documentary would be both impossible and self-defeating, but the obvious common ground that might define such a genre is ...
Arts Council England axes Animate Projects
28.01.11
We are very sorry to announce that Animate is likely to close down at the end of March 2011, following Arts Council England’s decision not to fund our 2011 programme. Animate began in 1990 as an Arts Council/Channel 4 scheme and has been supported by the Arts Council England continuously for 21 years. We set up Animate Projects four years ago, following the sudden death of Dick ...
Len Lye at Ikon by Edwin Rostron

26.01.11
Len Lye - Free Radicals, 1958 The Body Electric runs until 13th February 2011 at Ikon. “Some nights I’d have a dream that my five senses were taken out of my skull, rinsed in a country stream, then stretched out to dry so that when I woke up they’d be as crisp as viola strings. But if they were put back wrongly I’d wake up seeing with ...
A structure for possible films by Ajay RS Hothi

20.01.11
Scherzo, Joe Diebes Ryan Tre-who?  Oh, him?  He’s so oh-ten and that was, like, a decade ago or whatever? I think we can take it as read that we are now living in the future that we (may or may not have) imagined when we were kids. What follows next will be probably be described as some kind of proto-future, obviously to be followed by a post-present ...
Vitaly Mansky: Documentary Pioneer by John A Riley

21.12.10
Broadway, Black Sea, Vitaly Manksy Vitaly Mansky recently curated a programme of ten Russian documentaries as part of the London Russian Film Festival. The films Mansky chose shed light on the vast, inchoate territory that is post-Soviet Russia, ranging from visions of the utterly destitute in Kaliningrad, to a studies of parenthood to a visit to a deaf wedding. A filmmaker in his own right, ...
How art became tied to economics: Adam Pugh reflects on the State of Things
16.12.10
Something’s got to give. There’s no room for imagination in market economics, and much less room for petty competition in art. If we really want a world-class ‘culture’, whatever that catch-all blandism means now, we’ve got to break the link with profit and short-termism. We’ve got to be brave: we can’t forcibly tie it to economic regeneration or hokum regional imperatives; much less to sport. ...