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Derek Jarman: Blue / Tate Britain


Derek Jarman: Blue


Tate Britain again displays Derek Jarman’s final film Blue, inspired by the artist Yves Klein. The film will be screened during the whole summer, starting on 1st May and ending in autumn – the exact date is not specified.  The full  film transcript is also available.

The curator is Elena Crippa. Originally from Italy, she is specialised in modern and contemporary British Art at the Tate Britain.


Darkness Made Visible – Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford

Darkness Made Visible – Derek Jarman and Mark Bradford

Blue - Derek Jarman, Darkness Made Visible


Between March 25th and July 30th 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be available to see an exhibition that pairs Derek Jarman’s final film Blue (1993) and Mark Bradford’s video installation Spiderman (2015).
The script includes personal comments from Derek Jarman on his illness combined with Mark Bradford’s role of a black transgender comedian, who cannot be seen but only heard in a red spotlight room.

Mark Bradford was born 1961 and is based in Los Angeles. He finished BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and MFA (Master of Fine Arts). Bradford is known for his paintings combined with collage and works in a wide range of visionary practice. Some pieces like A Truly Rich Man is One Whose Children Run into His Arms Even When His Hands Are Empty (2008) that subliminal displays the battle between race and poverty and Help Us, a piece of wood saved from Hurricane Katrina that displays the despair of survivors of the Third Ward in New Orleans. Mark Bradford is not only a painter, but also an artist who works and combines video, print and installations. Some of his works are: Pull Painting 1 – as a part of a Matrix project. This piece was created directly on the wall and afterwards it was destroyed. Waterfall (2015) – a collage painting, more like strings in diverse colours, that is hanging on the room ceiling and reaching all over to the floor. And these are only a few of his many art projects and exhibitions where he is working on.

Screenings are each day at 10:15, 11:30 am and 12:45, 2:00 and 3:15 pm and additional screenings are on Friday at 4, 5:15, 7 and 8:15 pm. More about this exhibition on this link.

The Jarman Award 2016

This year’s annual Jarman Award 2016 and the prize of £10 000 has been given to Heather Phillipson. Presented by Film London and supported by Arts Council England, in association with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery. Since it’s launching in 2008, inspired by the filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award spots and financially supports rising stars of the UK art world. The award is additionally supported through an on-going series of broadcast commissions for Chanel 4’s Random Acts strand. Furthermore there has been a UK tour of the shortlisted artists, taking place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island, from 2 October until 20 November 2016. There was a chance to hear from the artists in person and see there past and new screen works.

The jury members are:

• Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
• Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member
• Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
• Adam Chodzko, Artist
• Emma Morris, Executive Director, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
• Joanna Hogg, Filmmaker

Here is an interview video with this year’s winner, Heather Phillipson and an excerpt from 100% OTHER FIBRES, 2016.




Introduction to Jarman’s Film
Sebastiane by Marc David Jacobs

Derek Jarman - Sebastiane

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On the occasion of the screening of Derek Jarman’s very first feature film Sebastiane (1976) about the myth of saint Sebastiane, you can read an interesting interview with Marc David Jacobs on the festival site of SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival).
The screening took place during the 2016 festival in Glasgow, at Glasgow Film Theatre, October 2nd 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

The short listed artists for Jarman Award 2016 at HOME

HOME CINEMA, located in Manchester, presents at the beginning of October a programme of the short listed artists for the Jarman Award 2016: Mikhail Karikis, Shona Illingworth, Sophia Al Maria, Cécile B. Evans, Rachel Maclean and Heather Phillipson. Their work range from single screen works to gallery installations and found footage sourced from YouTube. It will give an insight into the best contemporary moving image artists in England. This is the programme:

Part I:
Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2014, 16 min
Heather Phillipson, FINAL DAYS, 2015, 22 min
Shona Illingworth, 216 Westbound, 2014, 17 min

Part II:
Cécile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen, 2014, 22 min
Sophia Al Maria, The Watcher # 1, 2014, 6min and Choque, 2014, 5min
Rachel Maclean, Please Sir…, 2014, 25 min

2 Tony Wilson Place
M15 4FN
Sun 2 Oct 2016, 15.40
The screening includes a with the shortlisted artists Heather Phillipson and Chris Paul Daniels, artist and Lecturer in Filmmaking at Manchester School of Art.
More information about the screening at the website of HOME

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