The International Queer Video Open 2010 - press release
Venue: Birmingham City University, School Of Art, Margaret Street.
The selected International Artists this year were:
Produced by Dan Auluk
Dave Viney (Producer of SHOUT)
Rob Gibb (Visual Arts lead for SHOUT)
"With thanks to all of the above and to:
Matt Cussworth and Anna Rutter for their technical support
Henry Rogers for his knowledge on Queer Theory and organising Margaret Street as a host venue for the SHOUT festival.
“The main aim of the International Queer Video open was to offer emerging artists that may use video in their art practice to have the opportunity to showcase their work alongside more established artists.
The selectors looked for work that represented the term “Queer” in the broadest sense and also selected works that looked at the themes ‘Visibility and Invisibility’ which were the major themes of this year’s SHOUT festival, providing opportunities to increase the visibility of the LGBT+ community within the city and to make arts and culture a more visible part of our own lives.
19 video works were selected from over 125 entries worldwide.
I would like to sincerely thank everyone that entered and congratulations to the artists that were selected.”
(The work included is intended for adult audiences of 18 years an over)
Title of work:HOLD ME NOW (2008)
Plagued by blindness, sloth, and devotion, a troubled scene from Little House On The Prairie offers itself up to karaoke exorcism.
(This video contains strobe effects)
Title of work:LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL (2010)
An insight into the last decade of the artists’ life. The piece encompasses found sound and images, which have been abstracted in order to portray some of the extremely difficult challenges she faced during this period.
(This video contains some strobe-like effects)
Artist:Andre De Jong
Title of work:LIFE AND DEATH (2010)
Exploring the repetitive, nonsensical and demeaning actions of daily life. Set in between the whispering of the newborn's name on the left channel and the whispering names of god on the deathbed on the right.
(This video contains strobe-like effects)
Title of work:STENTOR (1997)
We are all so physically repulsive, special psychic forces are necessary for us to couple.
Title of work:TIMESLIP (2010)
It is always now.
Title of work:MYTH OF MY ANCESTORS (A RE/CREATION FABLE) (2008)
A short experimental video combining live action, animation, and an a cappella cover of The Cocteau Twins song, Carolyn's Fingers, to revision the garden of Eden as a queer utopia.
Title of work:SLIPPAGE (2007)
Title of work:THE QUEER UMBRELLA (2010)
An animated and satirical look at what it is to be queer, the definitions, stereotypes and wonder of oneself.
City:West Bromwich, England
Title of work:AN OSTENSIBLE INSIGHT (2009)
A personal response to the adolescent memories of a repressed sexuality, my work demonstrates a yearning desire and preoccupation to experience a gay relationship. The outcome reflects my fascination and meticulous observation of the portrait whilst provoking thoughts of homoeroticism, obsession and privacy. The title alludes to the displayed false demeanour expressed at the time.
Title of work:COREY (1994)
Dear Corey. Do you have any pen pals? I used to have a few but I got tired of them. I guess when you start to get older it’s time to reassess who you want to spend your time with.
Title of work:MOTEL FLORA (2003)
A collection of discarded souls, rescued from the trash of a college darkroom.
Title of work:FIELD OF REACH (2010)
‘Field Of Reach’ is a short film about exploring and reclaiming my space. The body is first and foremost an object, but what interests me is what happens around the body, how do we inhabit and work with that space? Why do actions speak louder than words? How are my actions coloured by my feelings? These are very personal drawings and yet the shapes revealed are universal.
Title of work:DON’T STOP NOW (2006)
Ambiguous statements conceal and reveal themselves.
Title of work:ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (2008)
Duration: 4mins 20secs
A charred visitation with an icy language of control: "there is no room for love". Splinters of Nordic fairy tales and ecological disaster films are ground down into a prism of contradictions in this hopeful container for hopelessness.
(This video contains some strobe effects)
Artist:Peter Podworski & Jonny Woo
Title of work:BLACK EYED BOY (2003)
Duration: 3mins 47secs
A brutal video karaoke of Black Eyed Boy by Texas.
Title of work:TALK SHOW (1997)
Every human is exactly interchangeable. By this I don’t mean that everybody is born equal, or anything as confusing as that. I simply mean that we are exactly interchangeable.
Title of work:UNDERSTANDING HETEROSEXUALLITY (1997)
I’ve always been curious about heterosexuality and the fact that heterosexuals exist seems to me improbable, but you just have to throw a rock and you’re likely to hit one. They’re everywhere. I’ve tried asking them about the roots, the genesis of their heterosexuality but they are unable to understand the question.
Title of work:WHY I STOPPED GOING TO FOREIGN FILMS (1991)
Cross-cut images of Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, Buñuel’s Viridiana or Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria with scenes of homosexual sex.
(This video contains sexually explicit scenes)
Title of work:EVERYBODY (2009)
Exploring humiliation, shame and discomfort in one’s own body, this video raises crucial contemporary issues ranging from cosmetic surgery to suicide. Self-disgust and the importance of the external gaze conflict with the stylised animals depicted.