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Outside to Catch the Action

Curated by Irene Revell (Electra) and Nazmia Jamal

NFT 3, BFI Southbank, London
2 April 2009


The title of this programme Outside to Catch the Action is taken from dialogue that Stanya Kahn speaks in Can't Swallow it, Can't Spit it Out, suggesting that each of these short films and videos is indeed in varied senses 'oustide' and 'catching the action' that is to be found there; not so much fables from a clear history, as abstract sources of inspiration for a dystopian future.

The programme includes the following films and videos:

Bodies of Society Dir Klara Liden | Sweden 2006 | 5min
Ottica Zero Dir Maja Borg | Sweden 2007 | 13min
Can't Swallow it, Can't Spit it Out Dir Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn |
USA 2006 | 26min
N.O. Body Dir Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz | Germany 2008 | 15min
Berlinmuren Dir Lars Laumann | Norway 2008 | 24min
Metalpleater Dir Charlotte Prodger | UK 2009 | 8min
Nature Demo Dir Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn | USA 2008 | 9min

About the Artists:

Klara Liden (1979) is a Berlin based artist whose recent works include Unheimlich Maneuver (2007), in which Liden moved the whole contents of her apartment into Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and site-specific installation Projects 89 (2009) currently exhibited at MOMA, New York.

Maja Borg (1982) is a London-based artist and film maker, whose other films include Look at Lucia (2006) and the forthcoming Future For Sale documentary about futurist, industrial engineer, architect and social designer Jacque Fresco.

Harry Dodge is known already to this festival audiences for the feature film By Hook or By Crook (2001), which also starred Kahn. Dodge (1966) and Kahn's (1968) joint video practice spans most of the past decade, including other recent titles All Together Now (2008) and Masters of None (2006).

Berlin based, Boudry and Lorenz's previous works include Copy me - I want to travel (2004) with Brigitta Kuster, and 'normal work' (2007). N.O. Body is currently exhibited as an installation at the Swiss Institute, New York. Pauline Boudry is also a musician in the band 'Rhtyhm King and Her Friends', and her documentary A street angel with a cowboy mouth was also screened in the Keep It Movin programme at the 23rd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Berlinmuren was commissioned for the 5th Berlin Biennial, and is shown courtesy of Maureen Paley Gallery, London. Recent video works by Lars Laumann (1975) include Morrisey Foretelling the Death of Diana (2007) and The Thick Plottens (2006).

Metalpleater is commissioned and produced by Artangel Interaction. Charlotte Prodger (1974) is a current MFA student at Glasgow School of Art. Amongst her previous works, Ras al Jinz (2008) received funding from Film London and has been screened at the BFI.


Presented in association with Electra

With special thanks to Lina Dzuverovic, Laure Bonville, Klara Liden, Filmform, Maja Borg, Jenny Moore, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Electronic Arts Intermix, Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz, Lars Laumann, Maureen Paley Gallery, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Anderson, Artangel, Emma Hedditch.

Image: Still from N.O. Body, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, 2008

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