Events

FILM ACTS

Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for & Speaking Through
Guest Curator: Lee Campbell
18.04.20 at 15.00 and 16.30


Film Acts was the final event forming part of Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for and Speaking Through. The event consisted of a series of screenings with artists/filmmakers with contributions by Lee Campbell, Beagles and Ramsay, Common Culture and Jake Shannon.

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic the event migrated online with screenings taking place at 15.00 and 16.30.



Still from New Meat (2004) Beagles and Ramsay

Beagles and Ramsay
Trilogy, 2000
Digital Video
3:00mins

Beagles and Ramsay
New Meat, 2004
Digital Video
4:45mins


Having used various grotesque duplicates of themselves in earlier work to explore the tragic aspects of daily life, New Meat satirises conventions around the manufacture of novelty; both within the broader realms of consumerism and the niche spheres of the artworld.


Lee Campbell

HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER BE MY FINGER?, 2019
Digital Video
6:26mins

Disrupting the boundary between the active and the passive of who is in control and who is being a puppet, conversations ripe with absurdist comedy take place between a couple - one present, one technologically distant - my partner Alex and I. Alex ‘speaks through’ my finger via a tape-recording. Sometimes I ‘speak for’ Alex. The big question is: is it Alex speaking or is it me speaking? Or, in a psychoanalytic sense, is it our ‘strangers within’ who are speaking?


Lee Campbell
TACKLE, 2020
Digital Video
15:53mins

Lee’s recent film TACKLE confronts some of the issues and problems that men are under at the moment in society in terms of male identity. Like a balloon about to pop. TACKLE was made with vintage footage of a 1996/1997 football match between Coventry City and Aston Villa from YouTube, sound and moving image recordings made on a Sony Ericsson Cybershoot K800i mobile phone between 2005-2006, drawings and paintings made between 2005-2007 and 2018–2020 and photographic stills and moving image recordings made between 2011-2020 on various iPhones.  Lee will perform a live version of this film throughout Radical Ventriloquism combining the film recording and live performance involving a disembodied finger.


Common Culture
The New El Dorado, 2010
HD Video
21:49minsCommissioned by: Manifesta Foundation, for Manifesta 8
Film crew: Carlos García Vázquez - Camara operator, Nuria Muñoz Ortín – Director of Photography, Ángel Jonatan Díaz Andrada – Sound, Manuel Abrisqueta Martínez – Edition
Actors: Miguel Ángel Cárceles, Fran Bermejo, Fran Latorre, Mark Christopher Scherbaum
Extras: José Ramón de Moya, María Martínez, Elena Guillamón, Susan Carrero, Berta Garrido, Hanna Conroy, Yolanda Riquelme
Make-up artist: Ángela Doval
Translation: Susan Carrero, Esmeralda Bernabé
Exploring the phenomena of cultural consumption and tourism, the work narrates an encounter between the specific characteristics of a place and the culture of others. The work responds to the power relations at work in the instrumentalisation of art evident in art biennials. 

Jake Shannon
Sammy The Salmon
, 2018
Digital video, Shot on RED 16x9 (1 : 2.39)
6:30mins
Writer and Director: Jake Shannon
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Actors: Liam Maguire, Mark Mitchell, Elizabeth Esguerra
The puppetry of Sammy, while obviously aimed to be comedic, also has a more metaphorical purpose. Sammy represents the repressed voice that lies within Spencer. Sammy, reassures Spencer that he can speak on behalf of him, which Spencer finds convenience in, but in actual fact, Spencer needs to gain his own individual voice. In Spencer's moment of crisis when it comes for him to finally speak for himself, and to connect with his own identity, in a form of catharsis Sammy is not only killed, but consumed.

PERFORMANCE ACTS

Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for & Speaking Through
Guest Curator: Lee Campbell
02.04.20 | 18.30–21.00



Performance Acts was the third event forming part of Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for and Speaking Through. The event was an evening of intimate performances by Claire Makhlouf Carter, Adrian Lee, Alexander Costello, Lee Campbell, Hällsten and O'Neill and Victoria Ahrens.


Victoria Ahrens (performance)

Topophilia: an (un)choreographed walk in the landscape. Photo etching plates and fragmented images of a personal ethnography create prosopopeic objects that shape our relationship to 'place' in this physical sound piece about deep time.


Hällsten and O'Neill (performance)

In Thing We Cannot Say visitors become the actors in a sound work that articulates the unspoken thoughts that are part of any relationship; the things one cannot say to your lover, your child, your mother, your father, your manager, your colleague, your friend, a stranger in the street.


Adrian Lee (performance)

Out of the Mouth of Babes combines popular children’s books with chants from politics and sport to produce absurd, unkind or tragic combinations. Manufactured phases are fed to a rapt audience who parrot them back - the puppets of canny manipulators, fed words they repeat and the ideas they believe.


THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC – ALL CONTRIBUTORS RECEIVED THEIR FEES


Victoria Ahrens

Topophilia (2020) : an (un)choreographed walk in the landscape. Photo etching plates and fragmented photographic images of a personal ethnography create prosopopaeic objects that shape our relationship to 'place' in this physical sound piece about deep time.



Victoria Ahrens
Topophilia: I Feel for You
(2020)
Photographic print, surgical gloves, unrolled
50 sec looped




Victoria Ahrens
Topophilia: I Feel for You (2020)

Split screen video piece
Photographic prints, rolled, unrolled
Sound piece
1 min looped




SCRIPT ACTS

Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for & Speaking Through
Guest Curator: Lee Campbell
17.03.20 | 18.30–21.00


Multiple-voice readings from Leap into Action: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art & Design (Campbell, 2020) with contributions by; Laura Davidson, Peter Bond , Adrian Lee, Claire Makhlouf Carter, Cathy Gale, Lee Campbell, Pauline de Souza and Gustave J Weltsek.
Download texts here:

Text One | Text Two | Text Three | Text Four | Text Five | Text Six | Text Seven | Text Eight | Text Nine


RECEPTION

Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for & Speaking Through
Guest Curator: Lee Campbell
12.03.20 | 18.30–21.00


Join us for the opening of Radical Ventriloquism: Acts of Speaking for and Through on Thursday 12.03.19 at 18.30.

Alexander Costello (performance)

A priori (or It's Not About Thing. It's About All of It and Doing Things) presents a fractious performance/dialogue between artist and material; a sequence of unravelling gestures and expressions concerning space, form and idea. What is heard and what is seen is the physical manifestation of this exchange.

Photography Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell (screening & performance)

How can I get my partner to be my finger? (2019) (film)
Disrupting the boundary between the active and the passive of who is in control and who is being a puppet, conversations ripe with absurdist comedy take place between a couple – one present, one technologically distant – my partner Alex and I. Alex ‘speaks through’ my finger via a tape-recording. Sometimes I ‘speak for’ Alex. The big question is: is it Alex speaking or is it me speaking? Or, in a psychoanalytic sense, is it our ‘strangers within’ who are speaking?

Photography Lee Campbell

Tackle (2020) (film activated with performance)
Lee’s recent film TACKLE confronts some of the issues and problems that men are under at the moment in society in terms of male identity. Like a balloon about to pop. TACKLE was made with vintage footage of a 1996/1997 football match between Coventry City and Aston Villa from YouTube, sound and moving image recordings made on a Sony Ericsson Cybershoot K800i mobile phone between 2005-2006, drawings and paintings made between 2005-2007 and 2018-2020 and photographic stills and moving image recordings made between 2011-2020 on various iPhones.  Lee will perform a live version of this film throughout Radical Ventriloquism combining the film recording and live performance involving a disembodied finger.


Photography Lee Campbell


Claire Makhlouf Carter (performance)

Claire Makhlouf Carter is currently researching demons, proxies and how voice performs gender. For DEMO NOTHERE, Claire Makhlouf Carter is summoning ‘Georgie Chapman’ to speak from her belly.

Photography Lee Campbell


About
This project forms part of a series of collaborative acts where KELDER will work with artists, curators, educators, institutions and writers to take the role of guest curator in order to realise a collaborative project.
For this project KELDER have collaborated with Dr Lee Campbell (b.1978), an artist based in London working in performance and moving image. His recent film Let Rip: A Personal History of Seeing and Not Seeing (2019) has been shortlisted for the Queerbee LGBT Film Festival 2020 and How can I get my partner to be my finger? was awarded Special Mention at London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival Autumn 2019. An example of one of his previous curatorial projects is All for Show, (2005–2007, 2017), an internationally touring exhibition of short films made by British artists including Harold Offeh, Doug Fishbone and Juneau Projects that tested the acceptable limits of humour in the white cube art gallery using humour.




ROELOF PETRUS VAN WYK

Three Men at a Party

27.09.19 | 18.30–21.00



Join us for the opening of Three Men at a Party on Friday 27.09.19 at 18.30. Read more here