Francesca Steele, Les Fleurs du Mal, 2006. Courtesy the artist.

The seven works in this short programme range from films that engage with biotechnology, videos that use new media to represent biological and technological convergence, and films that explore the recorded medium as a way of conveying philosophical and psychological issues.

Signal by Simon Tegala transposes the model of the human immune system onto the architecture of the round reading room of the British Museum. The characters mirror the staff and clerks of the reading room, protecting and ordering the knowledge base of books that become analogous to the DNA within our cells. Jemima Brown’s Seven Lonely Nights depicts the artist’s relationship with her synthetic twin sister and ‘collaborator’ Dolly. Sean Burn’s Stealing Brecht explores rituals of healing, and asks how we can create fragile moments of hope and compassion in the face of oppression. Sciatica by Peter Nancollis makes use of visual and aural descriptive tools to provide the viewer with an insight into the sensations and emotions experienced as a result of this condition. Francesca Steele’s Fleurs du Mal draws the viewer into an optical and aesthetic encounter, which evolves into one that is experiential in nature. Jane Arnfield’s Humanity depicts the Geneva Spar, which starts at about 24,000ft, just before the summit of Mount Everest, a place of final and impossible decisions. 

This programme was screened at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Tue 7 March 6pm and Thornhill Park Cinema, University of Sunderland on Thu 9 March 6pm. 

Curated by Ray White.

Star & Shadow Short Films


Tue 7 March 2006, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG