Site x LUX – Ways To Speculatefilm • 03 Sep 2019 – 29 Sep 2019
A screening developed in collaboration with LUX and curated by Charlotte Procter and Angelica Sule.
A collaboration between LUX and Site Gallery, this selection of moving image works delves into LUX archives and associated artists, to explore feminist takes on science and speculative fiction. The works explore notions of possible futures and other worlds, positing alternative ways of living or simply extrapolating our current condition to various conclusions.
Rachel Reupke’s work reflects a fascination with science fiction and the inherent problem of visualising the future. The city of Beijing is depicted through soft pastel visualisations of planned buildings, superimposed into the reality of the present. Michelle Deignan continues this exploration of city, presenting an uncanny vision of past and present through actual and virtual simulacra of historical European buildings.
Moving from the city to a different planet, Beatrice Gibson presents a psychosexual sci-fi about a planet with no speech. Here the narrator, ambiguous in gender, observes and chronicles a space without words. Kimberley O’Neil follows a female protagonist on a road trip through Silicon Valley, looking at the entanglement of countercultural movement with the development of personal computing.
Evan Ifekoya’s Okun Song is identification across mixed realities, while Akiko Hada breaks out of narrative constraints, with a visceral comment on silence and strength. From here we slide into the surreal with Cecilia Condit’s operatic fairy tale of cannibalism, desire and dread in Middle America. Finally, we find ourselves with Tina Keane, behind the scenes of a sci-fi horror, where a split-personality cyborg of fluid gender zooms through time to collect h-selves in the fight against a genealogically obsessed family.
This screening programme is curated by Charlotte Procter and Angelica Sule in partnership with LUX moving image.
LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them. Founded in 2002 as a charity and not-for-profit limited company, the organisation builds on a long lineage of predecessors (The London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre) which stretch back to the 1960s.
Image: Kimberley O’Neill, Re-routing, 2019
Rachel Reupke, Now Wait For Last Year, 2007, 10 mins
Michelle Deignan, Ways to Speculate, 2014, 3 mins 44 sec
Beatrice Gibson, Agatha, 2012, 14 mins 32 sec
Kimberley O’Neill, Re-routing, 2019, 17 mins 20 sec
Evan Ifekoya, Okun Song, 2016, 3 mins, 16 sec
Akiko Hada, The Branks, 1982, 7mins
Cecilia Condit, Possibly in Michigan, 1983, 11 mins 35 sec
Tina Keane, The Making of Dandy Dust, 2001, 11 mins