Esperanza Collado | Amy Dickson : Thursday 28th September

20:00, £7 / £5

A double bill of live film performances. Spanish artist Esperanza Collado presents a performance lecture in dedication to cinema’s history and our collective responsibility for its present. Amy Dickson presents a live site-specific work using light phenomena to collapse real and retrospective time in the present of the performance. 

ESPERANZA COLLADO is an artist-researcher whose work explores the philosophical vocation of cinema often through non-filmic forms. Her book Paracinema: la desmaterialización del cine en las prácticas artísticas (recipient of the Spanish prize ‘Escritos sobre arte’ in 2011) offers a critical and historical insight around a possible ‘a-disciplinary’ cinematographic practice. Her acclaimed performance-environment We Only Guarantee the Dinosaurs was described by experimental filmmaker Jodie Mack as “a carefully constructed choreography… through an earnest investigation of the essence of cinema (pre-, present, post-) and its possibilities. The future of a thriving cinema(rt) relies upon efforts like [this]”.

Collado’s recent works have been presented at Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), The Film Gallery (Paris), Images Festival (Toronto), Biennial of Havana (Cuba), Unconscious Archives at Art Cinema OFF-off (Ghent), Museum of Contemporary Art of Tehran (Iran) and Art Centre Ongoing (Tokyo). Collado has curated several film programmes and exhibitions in Ireland, Spain and the UK, and is a co-founder of LEVE, a record label that releases annual editions of field recordings on 45rpm vinyl made by invited artists. She lectures at the Fine Arts College in Cuenca, Spain, and coordinates part of the MA in Performance Practice and Visual Culture of Museum Reina Sofia.

AMY DICKSON lives in London and makes video and live performance works. Using a mobile phone to investigate and directly respond to her everyday environment. Drawing on the interplay and discrepancy between the source material and the technological limitations and attributes of the camera. Dickson is also influenced by her background in textiles; working with thermochromic screen-printed fabric and light -which have produced para-cinematic performances. Dickson studied Textiles BA at Central St Martins and Visual Communication MA at the Royal College of Art. Dickson is a co-founder of the expanded cinema collective collective-iz. Dickson has performed at the Whitstable Biennial and the National Portrait Gallery among others, her work and collective activities has been sighted in the Millennium Film Journal, Senses of Cinema and Sequence magazine