Reverberations is a new series of events and workshops where six international moving image artists trace lines of influential thought through their practice. In this second event in the series, no.w.here in partnership with Camden Arts Centre invite film artist Bradley Eros to trace a line of influential thought through his work by discussing how and why a certain idea has radically affected his practice.
Simultaneously making, researching, programming, writing, and performing, Bradley Eros has been an enigmatic catalyst in the New York experimental film scene for over two decades. His oracular and multi-faceted practice challenges what can be done with and known about film through artisanal investigations of its material and apparatus.
Taking its cue from Camden Arts Centre’s Wallace Berman exhibition, Eros will locate his work within a set of interconnecting references that centre around the philosophy of arte povera – a process of open-ended experimentation using existing and found materials. Over the course of the afternoon Eros will unfold and examine the use of found and discarded materials in his work, as it relates to ideas of quotation, detournement, parody, deconstruction, homage, and artists’ such as Berman and Joseph Cornell. The format of the event itself will take on these ideas though a cumulative and fluid interaction of performed works, dialogue, screenings and audio-visual reference points. Alongside Eros’ expanded performances, films by Cornell and Berman will also be shown and he will be joined in dialogue with Rachel Moore, writer, researcher and Lecturer in International Media at Goldsmiths.
Collage slide by Bradley Eros
Bradley Eros’ work has taken the form of printed matter, films, para-cinema performances and radical curatorial projects which revolve around ideas of alchemy, illusion, mysticism, the ephemeral and unfixed nature of film, cinema povera, and technology as an extension of the mind. From 1998 to 2004 he co-curated the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, a weekly programme that took a broad and experimental perspective on the moving image. His films and performances have been shown at the Whitney Biennial (2004), The American Century (at the Whitney Museum, NY), The New York Film Festival, The London Film Festival, MoMA (NY), Pacific Film Archives (San Francisco), Anthology Film Archives (NY), Školská 28 (Prague), Arsenal Cinema (Berlin) and Lightcone (Paris). Alongside Jeanne Liotta he has recently conducted some of the first in-depth research into the film work of Joseph Cornell.
Rachel Moore is Lecturer in International Media for the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Savage Theory: Cinema as Modern Magic, (nostalgia) - Hollis Frampton and currently undertaking research on "The Film Archive of Natural-History," supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
In addition to the event at Camden Arts Centre, a day-long workshop with Bradley Eros will take place on 19 October 2008 at no.w.here. See 'workshops' for more details.
Reverberations is organised by no.w.here and Lottery funded by Arts Council England. Events are run in partnership with Camden Arts Centre.