Berwick Artist Talk with Ben Russell and others

Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists' Moving Image at Film London, will chair a talk featuring Ben Russell, Kristina Cranfeld, John Wallace and Professor Pete Smith – the artists behind three installations included in the Festival this year.

When: Saturday 20 Sept, 1pm onwards

Where: The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Ln, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1AJ

This Artist Talk is free and there is no need to register, but guests are advised to see the works in advance.

Each work is installed in different ice house around Berwick, and each explores the Border Crossing theme. The exhibitions are free to visit and are on display through the Festival, from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st September, 11am to 6pm.

Ben Russell, The Twilight State
Custom House
New commission
UK, USA, South Africa, Swaziland | 2014 l 20min, looped
Set between Swaziland and South Africa, in a region still struggling with the divisions produced by an apartheid government, The Twilight State documents the dematerialization of borders through the spiritual lives of the territory's inhabitants.
New co-commission with Northern Film & Media, with support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

Kristina Cranfeld, Manufactured Britishness
Shoregate Ice House
Regional Premiere
UK | 2013 | 13min, looped
What is the future of citizenship in Britain and what new rules will be proposed for immigrants to become citizens? A dystopian depiction of a future where immigrants must undergo physical assessments to demonstrate their worth as prospective British citizens.

John Wallace and Professor Pete Smith, Tweed-Sark Cinema
Bankhill Ice House
New Commission
UK | 2014 l 15min, looped
An audio-visual study of human links to the ecosystems of two rivers that mark the English-Scottish Border, weaving archive and contemporary footage of those who live, work, and play along their banks.

Chair Maggie Ellis is Head of Artists' Moving Image at Film London, leading on Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the prestigious Jarman award, and FLAMIN productions, the commissioning fund behind the award-winning Two Years At Sea directed by Ben Rivers and West Hinder by Elizabeth Price, part of the exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which won last year's Turner Prize.

For more on this year's Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival please click here.

This Artist Talk is presented in partnership with Northumbria University and Northumbrian Water, with support from Creative Scotland.

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