On the 16th April the Close-up Film Centre in Shoreditch will play host to a night of weird and wonderful digital creations by abstract filmmaker Simon Payne.
Close-Up is committed to supporting and developing the exhibition of independent and experimental cinema, focusing on the cross over between the arts and film culture.
The night is part #4 of their Teaser Screening series of videos. Simon’s film ‘Not And Or,’ will be screened last along with some of his other digital exerts such as, ‘Colour Bars’ and ‘Cut Out.’
The films all turn on the concept of indefinite qualities of images, colour, shapes and sounds from shot to shot or moment-to-moment. Hence, his erratic film making style, which sees Payne subvert the ideas of what we think we see by manipulating time and space.
In ‘Not And Or’, we see black and white quadrilaterals spinning in virtual space that alternate with the same static shapes re-filmed from screen in real space. The second half of the piece is the same as the first, but flipped, reversed and re-filmed again, through successive generations – adding while taking away.
The program includes pieces from 1997 to 2014, from observational films to hard-edge abstraction primarily focused on experimental video, promising to open up your mind to the different dimensions at the interface of digital design.
The screening is a futurist’s call for new autonomous cinema for the modern age, helping to merge the lines between artistic mediums of art and film. The event ultimately calls upon us the viewers to debate the notion of what we consider as art and the question: Can video installations be considered a form of artistic expression in the same way film is?
Expand the realm of art in this rare screening of mind-altering digital videos. Alternatively, invest in a worthy membership at the Close-Up Film Centre that allow committed film enthusiasts to raid their huge archive of experimental and independent films and discount admission on film screenings.