Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy

I can’t remember the last time I’ve neglected this blog in the way that I have over the past week. Apologies. Reasons – but not excuses – include having two performance films in development (only one of which has been announced), a music documentary for 2012 and three possible iPad apps, as well as dealing in the past few days with possible proposals for the Arts Council England/BBC project The Space (submissions close today). And then there’s the documentary The Art of Clare Woods, which I’m speaking about next Thursday at The Hepworth Wakefield, where there is a wonderful exhibition of her paintings. The film’s not yet finished, but I’ll be showing sections of it and talking about how it relates to earlier visual arts films that we have produced. You can see the trailer for it here – and over the weekend I’ll be back with our usual features. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday links

Sunday links

The influential media theorist Friedrich Kittler (above, in 2010) died on 18 October. Stuart Jeffries last week contributed an erudite and elegant obituary in the Guardian (‘arguably, Pink Floyd meant more to him than Foucault’). Mubi.com has a round-up of reactions to his death. For anyone who wants something a little more testing, there is a very good online interview conducted by John Armitage, published in 2006 in Theory, Culture & Society (and available as a free .pdf). Kittler’s Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, published in an English translation in 1999, is a comparatively readable and engaging history of the changes brought about technological change at the end of the nineteenth century. I saw him speak once, in Berlin, and it was a memorable presentation – I was sorry to learn of his death. Below, further links from the past week, some of which are a little happier.
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Why film Clare Woods?

Why film Clare Woods?

We have been back today at the rather wonderful The Hepworth Wakefield (above), filming the installation of paintings by Clare Woods. (There are photos on the museum’s blog.) Her show The Unquiet Head opens on Saturday (until 29 January) and features more than a dozen works created over the past two years. To complement these, the artist has also selected a small group of pieces from public collections by British modernist artists, including Barbara Hepworth. Since 2006 we have been documenting Clare’s work, the preparations for this show and for an Olympic Legacy commission, and now we have to complete an hour-long film before a premiere at The Hepworth on 15 December. We’ll release this film on DVD, but no-one has commissioned or funded it and we have no broadcast sale so far. So quite why are we making the film?
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