Jeff Keen - Blatz
Jeff Keen - Blatz

JEFF KEEN – Hero/Anti-Hero


WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2012 BRIGHTON
BRIGHTON


IN THIS SELECTION OF VIDEOS, KEEN’S ALTER EGOS AND CHARACTERS PORTRAY THE ARTIST AS HERO WITHIN THE FILM


From the early 1990s, working with editor and collaborator Damian Toal, Keen began experimenting with video and computer technology. One of the key themes of the work was the exploration of the true or authentic self, the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, between the ego and id or our more basic human drives and passions.

Jeff Keen - Omozap
Jeff Keen - Omozap

This was explored through characters such as Dr Gaz, the ‘mad scientist’ metamorphosed into a more archetypal classical hero / anti-hero figure, represented in films such as Blatzom and Omozap (a play on the word Homosapien) emerged through to The Plasticator (a Terminator style art assassin).

These characters or alter egos were an extension of and a portrait of, the artist as maker or hero within the film. At the heart of these sometime tragic and heroic figures is the metaphysical question of being. What is the true nature of things, what drives us?

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: Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Times: 6.30pm doors and bar, 7pm start

Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

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