Film in Space: Group show selected by Guy Sherwin - Camden Art Centre

Film in Space is a group exhibition selected by British artist-filmmaker Guy Sherwin

Artists included: Angela Allen, Gill Eatherley, Louisa Fairclough, Steve Farrer, Nicky Hamlyn, Emma Hart, Dan Hays, Denise Hawrysio, Neil Henderson, Malcolm Le Grice, Lynn Loo, Rob Mullender, Annabel Nicolson, Simon Payne, William Raban, Lucy Reynolds, Guy Sherwin, Chris Welsby

The exhibition focused on expanded cinema, a film movement which came to prominence in Britain in the early 1970s, at the time Sherwin started making films. The movement was closely associated with the London Filmmakers’ Co-operative, an organisation set up in 1966 by artist-filmmakers to exhibit and produce experimental film work which challenged mainstream cinema. Sherwin worked at the LFMC in its early years and was highly influenced by his experience. For Camden Art Centre he has selected a number of key works from this period and is showing them along with works by younger artists who are continuing to experiment with the versatility of analogue media, as well as others who have started to take on board the advent of digital technologies. Throughout the exhibition there is an emphasis on film, light, and sound as material to be constantly re-worked, manipulated and experimented with.

Traditionally, works of expanded cinema were not produced for exhibitions but were  made as live projection events often using multiple 16mm projectors and performed in alternative spaces, largely bypassing cinemas and galleries. This exhibition includes several film works from this period that have been adapted to Camden Art Centre’s galleries. In order to  include a variety of works Sherwin has selected a programme for two galleries which changes throughout the exhibition. Predominantly focusing on works by British filmmakers he has included seminal pieces from the ad hoc group Filmaktion: Malcolm Le Grice, Gill Eatherley, William Raban and Annabel Nicolson as well as installations by Steve Farrer and Chris Welsby and new commissions by Lucy Reynolds and Simon Payne.

Sherwin  selected a programme for two galleries which will change throughout the exhibition. The changing programme was as follows:

15 December – 13 January: Steve Farrer, William Raban
15 January – 3 February: Gill Eatherley, Malcolm Le Grice
5 – 24 February: Louisa Fairclough, Chris Welsby

Film in Space was the latest artist-selected exhibition following on from Simon Starling’s Never the Same River (Possible Futures; Probable Pasts), Paulina Olowska’s Head-Wig: Portrait of an Exhibition and Steven Claydon’s Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring.

The Contemporary Art Society showed a solo exhibition by Louisa Fairclough, 13 February – 1 March 2013.

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Make & Do: Film in Space

Sunday 16 December – Sunday 24 February, (every Sunday) 2.00 – 4.30pm

Artist Erica Scourti led our regular Make & Do activities on Sunday afternoons, based around the Film in Space exhibition in the galleries. Participants are invited to create small hand-made flip books inspired by sounds around Camden Art Centre’s building and garden.

After taking a walk around and recording their observations, children can animate these using letter stamps, stickers and found objects. The animations are then bound together as a book and can be taken home to enjoy.

Make & Do is free for families to drop in, no booking required. Children must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Materials donated by Cass Art.


Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 December, 2.00 – 4.30pm
Winter Holiday Family Days

Artists Raine Smith and Michelle Williams Gamaker invite families to collaborate with them on creative activities exploring the interactive nature of expanded cinema, inspired by Film in Space. Budding filmmakers experiment with coloured cellophane and goggles to explore the gallery immersed in colour; draw on acetate to make wall projections; use felt pens and scratching techniques on 16mm film to create looped projections and use their own bodies as 3D projection canvases.

The family days are suitable for ages 4+ and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Family days are free and no booking is required.