Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

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Simon Fisher Turner remembers the
diaries of Derek Jarman

(image source)

Simon Fisher Turner, composer of so many soundtracks for the films of Derek Jarman, remembers Jarman’s diaries on the occasion of the publication of Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks and the exhibition Derek Jarman: Pandemonium at the Cultural Institute at King’s, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House. Simon Fisher Turner has also contributed a piece called Silence to the exhibition and you can read his full text here.

Information about the exhibition which took place already in spring 2014 and also some beautiful and rare photographs of Jarman gives this article by Rob Wilkes: Alma mater marks Derek Jarman anniversary with insightful exhibition…


Driving through Dungeness 2016
A video by Drew Pyke

Photographer, journalist, writer and web designer Drew Pyke published an amazing meditative video on YouTube about a car ride through the deserted landscape of Dungeness / Kent. Listening to a never ending electronic sound loop you can catch a glimpse from the house of Derek Jarman as well as from the light house. The film ends up near the power station.

The Shortlist for 2016 Jarman Award is announced

A few days ago Film London has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Jarman Award.
The participants are:

as finalists for the £10,000 prize. The award jury includes a board member of Tate Modern, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery as well as fellow filmmakers.

In its ninth year,  the award honours UK artists working with film, video and moving image in all its forms and keeping Jarman’s  “spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation” alive. The work of this year’s nominees spans short films, animations, YouTube collages and multi-screen installations.

Five of the six artists competing for the 2016 Award are women, exploring subjects as diverse as Alzheimer’s disease and Arab pop culture. Al Maria’s work explores the complexity and contradiction of modern life in the Middle East. In wildly different ways, Evans and Illingworth investigate ideas of human emotion and memory. Maclean is a creative scavenger of found sound for the screen. Karikis, whose work currently features in the Whitstable Biennale, uses the voice as a sculpture material, while Phillipson houses her video art in giant feet and dogs that she makes herself.

Given in conjunction with the Whitechapel Gallery and Britain’s Channel 4, the award provides the opportunity to the shortlistet artists to produce a film for Random Acts, a short film series commissioned by Channel 4.  As in previous editions, this year’s Jarman Award will be accompanied by a nationwide touring programme, profiling work by the shortlist via a series of events at major arts venues across the UK and culminating in a special weekend of screenings, Q&As and performances at Whitechapel Gallery on 19 – 20 November. The winner of this year’s Film London Jarman Award will be announced on Monday 28 November 2016.

You will find more information here, and in this newspaper article from the guardian.

Three new works presented by the Derek Jarman Lab

Two weeks ago, on Tuesday, 17 May 2016, the Derek Jarman Lab has presented two new works and one work in progress at the Birkbeck Cinema, London. All three works  combining film and research in new ways.


Fallen Women
Director: Lily Ford
Little is known about the unmarried mothers who had their babies taken in by London’s Foundling Hospital in the nineteenth century. This short film explores the predicament of these ‘blank mothers’; it is supported by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship.


Spaces of Psychoanalysis
Director: Bartek Dziadosz
Spaces of Psychoanalysis makes extensive use of drawings and collages offering a panoramic view of the Freudian legacy’s contemporary inflections and elaborations.


Lux Imperium (work in progress)
Directors: Noah Angell and Francis Gooding
Producer: Sarah Joshi

Lux Imperium is a new film project composed from hundreds of home movies and privately edited amateur films made during the dissolution of the British Empire.

The directors Noah Angell and Francis Gooding introduced the project and discussed the unique archive material and the ethical and scholarly issues that arise while working with it.

More information about this screenings here.

Derek Jarman – Moving Pictures of a Painter: Now listed at Barnes & Noble.

The English translation of my book Derek Jarman – Moving Pictures of a Painter: Home Movies, Super 8 Films and Other Small Gestures is now available at Barnes & Noble booksellers inc., New York and online as a paperback or nook ebook.






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