This FILM EXERCISE focuses on historical film and video relating to performance, and is curated by ANNE-SOPHIE DINANT who we are delighted to welcome to FILM EXERCISE. Each one of these works presents a different angle of the relation between performance and camera, whether it is an action precisely staged for the camera, a documentation of a live performance including filming of the attending audience or a self-exploration. This selection underlines the individuality of each work and draws on the single works presentation in the experimental film and video series: The Monday Screenings, which ran in an empty space above a pub in Shoreditch from 2000-2003. Existing more as a social event and bringing together an audience interested in discovering historical, 'obscure' works relating to performance, the screenings therefore presented a particular approach to showing film and video. The series was giving a place to works by major artists that had only been rarely – or never – shown in the UK before as well as less-known artists. The works were selected regardless their length and in this way, the events were somehow developing against the conventional format of the institution film programme.
Anne-Sophie Dinant is a freelance curator and until recently, Associate Curator at the South London Gallery.