JEFF KEEN – Herald of the Message
THURSDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2012
KEEN’S PLAYFUL, BOLD APPROACH TO MEDIA IS EVIDENTLY VISIBLE IN THIS DYNAMIC SHOWREEL OF VIDEO WORKS
From the early 1990s, working with editor and collaborator Damian Toal, Keen began experimenting with video and computer technology. Throughout Jeff Keen’s work, one of the central motifs is the literal and self-conscious representation of the artist within the work, as actor, artist, provocateur, catalyst, broadcaster and destroyer of the message.
Much of the video work of this period presents an often literal representation of the making of the film – through the act of filming, performance, painting and drawing. The action is immediate, direct, playful and bold. A single line of action. We make our own stories.
Films such as Graficoblatz and Transblatz, make a clear link to early work in expanded cinema and live performance; where we see the central role and importance of the artist as creator and herald of the message, shaping it, and giving it form: with the image as a transformative dynamic medium and process, exciting the primitive and essential self.
Screening curated and introduced by Jeff Keen’s long time collaborator, Damian Toal. Presented by Lighthouse with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Part of Cinecity 2012.
This screening coincides with the exhibition Shoot the Wrx, a retrospective of Jeff Keen’s work showing at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery until February 2013.
Date: Thursday, 29 November 2012
Times: 6.30pm doors and bar, 7pm start
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
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