John Smith, Frozen War (Hotel Diaries 1), 2001. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London

Manon de Boer, Think about Wood, Think about Metal, 2011. © the artist. Courtesy Auguste Orts

Martin Arnold, Soft Palate, 2010. © the artist. Courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

John Smith, Frozen War (Hotel Diaries 1) Installation View, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

John Smith, Frozen War (Hotel Diaries 1) Installation View, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

John Smith, Manon de Boer, Martin Arnold and Ben Russell, Installation View, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

This exhibition focuses on artists whose work involves repetition, duration and the long-take, with a single work presented each week of the festival. John Smith’s Frozen War narrates the TV news frozen in time at 1.41am. Manon de Boer’s Think about Wood, Think about Metal is a slow sound portrait of composer Robyn Schulkowsky. Martin Arnold’s Soft Palate is a repetitive film manipulation of Mickey Mouse sleeping. Ben Russell’s Trypps#7 (Badlands) is a sublime long-take trip in the Badlands National Park.

Martin Arnold is an Austrian filmmaker and co-founder of Sixpack Film distribution in Vienna, Austria. He became known internationally for a trilogy of found footage films Pièce touchée (1989), Passage à l'acte (1993) and Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998) in which a small section of source footage from classic Hollywood films is intensely re-edited, extending short sequences of a few seconds to ten or fifteen minutes. The figures on the screen flip back and forth between frames, as the motion is repeated, reversed, and numerous single frame cuts are made. His work has been shown at major film festivals internationally and he teaches filmmaking at institutions including Bard College, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt.

Manon de Boer lives and works in Brussels, she studied at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at the Venice Biennial (2007); Berlin Biennial (2008); Sao Paolo Biennial (2010); Documenta (2012) and has also been included in numerous film festivals in Hong Kong, Marseille, Rotterdam and Vienna. Her work has been the subject of monographic exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008); South London Gallery (2010); Index, Stockholm (2011); Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis (2011); and Moma Philadelphia (2012) among others. De Boer currently teaches at the School of Arts in Ghent and ERG in Brussels.

Ben Russell is an American experimental filmmaker, currently living and working in Paris, he studied at Brown University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Throughout the 2000s he made many short films, often as part of his ‘Trypps’ series, which have been described as drawing on elements of ethnography, early cinema and Surrealism. His filmmaking was also influenced by his role as curator of the Magic Lantern Cinema in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2009, he made his acclaimed feature debut, Let Each One Go Where He May, shot in Suriname in a series of 13 long takes. Russell has collaborated with the UK filmmaker Ben Rivers, and his work has been show at film festivals internationally. Until 2011 he was assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

John Smith lives and works in London. He was born in Walthamstow, East London in 1952 and studied film at the Royal College of Art. Since 1972 John Smith has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. His solo exhibitions include Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2012); Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen (2012); Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden (2011); PEER Gallery, London (2011); Pallas Projects, Dublin (2011); Royal College of Art Galleries, London (2010); Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2010); Sala Diaz Gallery, Texas (2010); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006); Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2005); Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2003); and Pearl Gallery, London (2003). His work has been profiled through retrospectives at film festivals in Oberhausen, Tampere, St. Petersburg, La Rochelle, Mexico City, Uppsala, Cork, Bristol, Hull and Glasgow.

Co-curated by AV Festival 12 and CIRCA Projects. 

John Smith, Manon de Boer, Martin Arnold, Ben Russell


Preview: Fri 2 March 2012, 3-6pm

Thu 1 March – Sat 31 March 2012

CIRCA Screen

The Place, Athenaeum Street
Sunderland SR1 1QX

Opening Times
Tue – Sat 10am–5pm