Image: © Steve McQueen
The Venice Biennial
This was the ICF’s inaugural dialogue in a series of events addressing platforms of production and exhibition of the moving image, that continued at the Istanbul Biennial and during The London Film Festival in 2009.
In celebration of the work of Steve McQueen, The ICF hosted a symposium that asked a distinguished panel to reflect on the ways in which the contemporary moving image has become radicalised as a medium of democratic artistic enquiry.
Steve McQueen presented a work in the British Pavilion which generated considerable international expectation. This exhibition reflected the ideas of Daniel Birnbaum, the Director of the 53rd International Art Exhibition, that explored through Making Worlds, the production of ‘vision’ or the projection of a world seen.n
Particular interests in discussion were how artists have engaged with the mainstream processes of production in cinema whilst retaining their aesthetic and political edge. Does this dialogue between cinema, galleries and digital platforms challenge the curator to find new ways to make the staging of vision memorable and modeled through the work of art?
Images: © Julia Waugh
The discussion on cinema and artists, focused particularly on the films of Steve McQueen with invited speakers: John Akomfrah,
Clive Gillman, Teka Selman, Allison Thompson, the panel was chaired by Mark Waugh.
Supported by Arts Council England and Engage: The National Association for Gallery Education and The British Council.
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