Derek Jarman

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With this website I want to provide information about current events and activities concerning the British artist Derek Jarman – enjoy it!

My name is Martin Frey. I’m based in Vienna (Austria) and I’ve been very much interested in the artistic work of Derek Jarman for years. In 2008 I published my thesis on Jarman’s Super 8s and short films in German and the English translation has now been published in 2016. Because it fascinates me how many people around the world are still interested in Jarman’s work and how many events are held on this subject, I would like to provide some information about current events and activities in this blog.

Enjoy it and feel free to keep me informed about your current events!

Naked Boys Reading: Jarman

On Thursday, 17th December 2015 there is the Naked Boys Reading: Jarman at the ICA, London, UK with the entrance of £5. If you are wondering what the Naked Boys Reading is, here is the explanation:

Naked Boys Reading is the perfect intimate live event: a literary salon featuring in-the-buff readings by local beefcakes, bears, twinks, otters, butch femmes, sissy sluts, boys next door with an exhibitionist streak and lovers of naturism with a well-endowed library. Naked Boys Reading, produced by the Haus of Husbands, began in 2012 at Vogue Fabrics Dalston.  It has since grown to an international touring performance with three resident sites.

Derek Jarman documented his exhibition that took place at the ICA in 1984 on several reels of black and white Super-8. This event sees the material projected publicly for the first time and is accompanied by a series of readings of Jarman’s written work in collaboration with Naked Boys Reading and Sam Ashby, editor of Little Joe Magazine. Boys that are performing and reading at Naked Boys Reading: Jarman are Zia Almos, Rowland Byass, Theo Gordon and Brian Mullin. Hostess is Dr Sharon Husbands,  Disc-Jockess is Penelope Edmunds.  Documentation by Christa Holka.

This is the link to this exhibition.

The Jarman Award 2015

This year’s Jarman Award and the cash prize of £10,000 was given to the Belfast based artist filmmaker Seamus Harahan at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. This has been the 8th Jarman Award, since the beginning in 2008. One can say in the meantime the price has become important for independent filmmakers.

Among Seamus Harahan, the other shortlisted authors are Adam Chodzko, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.  Under the jury:

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Andrea Lissoni, Film and International Art Curator, Tate Modern and Film London Board Member
  • Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
  • Stephen Sutcliffe, Artist
  • Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX
  • Sol Papadopoulos, Producer, Hurricane Films

Seamus Harahan’s film was filmed on inexpensive, hand-held equipment. The artist’s contemplative videos of Belfast street-life subtly blur the lines between observational footage and experimental art and delicately challenge established norms. Music, from hip-hop to folk, is a main component in his work.

Find out more here.

The award winning short movie from Seamus Harahan

About the filmmaker Seamus Harahan and his award winning movie

Book presentation by James Mackay:
Derek Jarman – Super 8

During the Rye Arts Festival there is the presentation of the book Super-8 by James Mackay. James Mackay, producer of twelve Jarman films, leading expert on Jarman’s filmography and the author of Derek Jarman Super 8 discusses the visually courageous and creative Super 8s with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, author of Think Like an Artist. The talk will be accompanied by a screening of a selection of the films, all of which have been lovingly and painstakingly restored by Mackay.

Derek Jarman left his entire collection of ninty-two Super-8s to James Mackay, who has spent last twenty years archiving, restoring and digitizing them.  The book features key stills and sequences from the films and has 780 ilustrations.

Venue: The Kino, Lion Street, Rye. Tickets: £12. 3th September 3:00PM – Midnight.

Here is the link to this book, that was published by Thames & Hudson.

The Jarman Award 2014

This year the Jarman Award was presented by the filmmaker John Maybury, a friend and colleague of Jarman at a ceremony in Whitechapel Gallery to the Austrian-born artist Ursula Meyer.  She was selected from 10 shortlisted artists and received a £10,000 cash prize and a commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts strand, Random Acts.

The other shortlisted artists are:

  • Redmond Entwistle
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
  • Stephen Sutcliffe
  • Sebastian Buerkner
  • John Akomfrah
  • Stephen Claydon
  • Laura Buckley
  • Rachel Reupke
  • Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Ursula Meyer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MA at Goldsmiths College in 2005. Her single and multi-channel films are dialogues with all areas of contemporary culture including architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and visual art. She has exhibited in major art festivals and institutions such as Performa 11, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tramway, Glasgow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MoMA PS1, New York; Garage, Moscow; and Kunsthalle Basel. Mayer’s films often use iconic architectural locations, and focus on the interaction between female figures. The influence Derek Jarman has had on her work was, in particular his films Jubilee (1978) and Last of England (1988).

More about Ursula Meyer and her work your can find on this link.

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