Kathryn Elkin Screening and Q&A, with Louise Shelley

Join filmmaker and artist Kathryn Elkin for a screening of her moving image work, followed by a discussion with Louise ShelleyCurator at The Showroom, London, addressing the concepts and approaches involved.

Kathryn Elkin’s practice explores semantic ambiguities in connections she forges between bodies, texts, objects and memories. A characteristic approach of hers is to reference source material – often drawn from 1970s culture and counter-culture – and rework it through highly personal processes of translation, transcription and re-presentation. She is interested in particular in describing crises of the performing body and in the processes of artistic labour. The evening will include a live performance of Mud, most recently performed at ICA, London in April.

Films included in the screening are:

  • Untitled, Collaboration with Richard Bevan, (2014), 16MM digital transfer, silent. 12mins
  • Michael's Theme, (2014). HD/SD, stereo. 7mins
  • ­Mud, (2015), performance with HD video, stereo. 22mins

The discussion will be followed by a networking social, where you will have the chance to talk to Kathryn and Louise on an informal one-to-one basis.

When: Tuesday 16 June 2015. Doors 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. Screening ends 8.30pm. Networking social to 9.30pm.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge, 2nd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG.

To book, please click here.

Thanks to the support of our funders tickets are available on a fully refundable basis to those who attend the event. The deposit payment is £4 (inc fees), which will be refunded in full to attendees the day after the event. 

Please note that places must be booked in advance; payments cannot be taken on the door and there will be no admission without prior registration. Registration closes at 3pm on Tuesday 16 June.


About Kathryn Elkin

Kathryn Elkin (b.1983, Belfast) is an artist based in Scotland, working with performance, writing and video. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and participant of the LUX Associate Artists Programme 2012/13. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Mutatis Mutandis, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); 30 Years of the Future at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014) and ‘Til The Stars Turn Cold, at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015). In 2014 Elkin was awarded a 6 month residency and commission at BBC Scotland to produce the video work Michael's Theme, which premiered at Tate Modern. Her video Mutatis Mutandis featured as part of the 2014 London Film Festival. Elkin is currently one of the 2015 Visual Art residents at Cove Park. She will make a duo presentation with Seamus Harahan at CCA Derry/Londonderry in late 2015, and a solo presentation at CCA Glasgow in 2016.

About Louise Shelly

Louise Shelley is Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom where she has coordinated the Communal Knowledge programme since 2010. Communal Knowledge is a series of collaborative projects with local and international artists to propose and activate approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s social and cultural surroundings. Communal Knowledge is critically engaged with the possibilities for a gallery education programme to work in ways that respond to artistic practice and different contexts. This is articulated through producing work, events and alliances that address the role of art operating within and responding to themes including pedagogy, work/labour, feminist legacies, precarity, the dialectic of social re/production, and class and gender. She is also a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women.

Image: Kathryn Elkin, still from Michael's Theme, (2014, HD/SD stereo, 7 mins)


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