MultiChannel 2008 Talk with Peter Bonnell & Helen Sloan

MultiChannel 2008 is a screening programme, organised and curated by ArtSway and SCAN, it took place in ArtSway’s galleries and ran between 20th June – 6th July. This year’s programme featured film and video works by 37 artists and expanded upon the highly successful 2007 Multichannel screening programme. The continuing intention of the curators was to present single screen video works by artists and practitioners who reflect current trends in contemporary lens-based work, as well as screening films by cutting edge practitioners from the previous two decades.

Multichannel has been expanded from the three days of screenings in 2007, to almost three weeks for this year’s programme. In addition, there was an open call for artists to submit work for selection – resulting in 150 high-calibre lens-based artists sending works from across the UK, Europe and as far afield as the United States. Alongside the open call a number of exceptional artists were invited by the curators to exhibit their work.

The single channel works selected for Multichannel were curated into a screening programme that covered the following areas: Film/Video and Music; Narrative and Journey; Film/Video as Material; Psychological Narrative. The 37 artists included in the programme have been grouped into an area that the curators feel best reflects themes inherent in their work, and are as follows:

In ArtSway’s Gallery 2:
Film/Video and Music: Andrew Brand; Anahita Hekmat; Pete Gomes; Jen-Kuang Chang; Alison Ballard; Paul B Davis; Rachel Cattle; Flow Motion.

Narrative and Journey: Steve Hines; Michael Fortune; Jeannie Driver; David Kendall, David Bickerstaff; Thomson & Craighead; Gair Dunlop; Kevin Logan; Nina Sverdvik; Amanda Loomes, Manuel Saiz; John Davis.

In ArtSway’s Gallery 3:
Film/Video as Material: Ranulph Glanville; Nicola Naismith; Cynthia Beth Rubin; Karen Reed; Joe Duffy; Simon Woolham.

Psychological Narrative: Hannu Karjailainen; Anna Siebert; Lucy Cash; Tina Gonsalves; Sarah Pucill; Joel Papps; Kevin Pocock; Jordan Baseman; Benjamin Cooper.

A number of events were run to coincide with MultiChannel. Please see list below for details.

Artist in Residence and Education Programme:
Alongside the screening programme there will be a number of talks and events. Paul B. Davis, an artist and musician with an international reputation for his work reconfiguring video and computer games, will also be in residence for one week during Multichannel as part of the Distributed South media arts initiative curated by Space Media and SCAN. Paul will spend part of his residency teaching local school children from St Luke’s Primary, Sway, the basics of computer programming and electronics.

Late Night Special Screening and Panel Discussion:
Friday 20 June 2008, 6pm – 9pm
Join curators Helen Sloan (SCAN) and Peter Bonnell (ArtSway) for a late night screening from 6pm to 8pm. At 8pm there will be an informal panel discussion, led by Helen and Peter – featuring contributions from many artists exhibiting work in Mutlichannel. FREE – all welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Gallery Talk: Wednesday 2 June 2008, 7pm
Brian McClave: Stereoscopic Video
Brighton based artist Brian McClave will give an overview and demonstration in ArtSway�s gallery 2 of his ground breaking stereoscopic video work. Brian has worked predominantly for the past 12 years with the medium of digital, stereoscopic (3D) video. This technology is informed by lens-based practice from 19th century photography to 21st century digital gaming. McClave�s stereoscopic videos are often multi-layered with information occupying different spacial layers within the 3D environment. This technique allows for a superimposition of related themes and images in a way that is impossible in 2D video work. FREE: Booking Essential

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