Marvelous Movie Mondays: Escenario

EPFC | September 23rd, 2019


guest curator: Florrie James

This week for Marvelous Movie Mondays, I will show Escenario by José María Avilés. In line with the theme for the month Day Job, Night Shift, Soul Work, Escenario documents a group of workers rapidly deconstruct a stage in a public square after demonstrations for Labour Day in Buenos Aires.

José María Avilés was born in Ecuador. He is currently studding a Masters in Film-making at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, San Sebastian, Spain. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Directing from Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires, in 2012. In 2015 he obtained the CIA scholarship from the Centro de Experimentaciones Artísticas, Buenos Aires.

Recent films from José María Avilés include La muerte del maestro (Rotterdam, 2018); La enorme presencia de los muertos (San Sebastián Film Festival, 2019),Speed Paradise (BAFICI, 2015), Conversaciones en el jardín (BAFICI, 2014. Grand Jury Prize, Cippolleti) and Ricchieri, (Ciudades reveladas, 2013). José María is currently developing El tesoro de Atahualpa, a screenplay that was selected by the TYPA Foundation and 3Puertos Cine, as well as received the Development Fund from Ecuador’s Film Institute, ICCA. He is also developing the feature film La vida es nuestra.

Marvelous Movie Mondays: Dear Barb

EPFC | September 17th, 2019

guest curator: Florrie James
Dear Barb – Georgia Horgan

For the theme Day Job, Night Shift, Soul Work, we look this week at the politics of sex work in London in 1668. Georgia Horgan, another representative of Lies and Lairs artist run Production Company. Dear Barb was a single-channel video made for an exhibition at Jerwood Space. The work focuses on The Poor Whore’s Petition, a satirical open letter or ‘political pornography’, which began to circulate following the Bawdy House Riots of 1668. The letter was allegedly written by Elizabeth Creswell, one of the most successful brothel keepers of the English seventeenth century, and was addressed to Lady Castlemaine, the lover of King Charles II of England. The text demands that Castlemaine assist her ‘sisters’ in re-building London’s brothels after the damage done during the riots. Navigating the path of the riots through contemporary London, Dear Barb references linguistic conventions around gossip, smear and obscenity that particularly linked feminine sexuality with fishing and The Thames. These themes, and the historical context of the letter, are explored through two parallel voice-overs: an ‘objective’ documentary narrative detailing the historical context and a ‘confessional’ first-person account.

Georgia is an artist based in Mexico City that makes videos, performances, textiles and texts. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and California Institute of the Arts, and has shown work at the ICA, Jerwood Space, Glasgow Women’s Library, Alyssa Davis Gallery, Evelyn Yard, Collective and Glasgow International. Her writing has been published by Flash Art, Panel, MAP Magazine and Orlando journal. Current and upcoming exhibitions include group shows at Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury; Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; and OnCurating, Zurich.


Marvelous Movie Mondays: The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of The Air Condition

EPFC | September 4th, 2019

guest curator: Florrie James

Day Job, Night Shift, Soul Work: The films I show for this month’s Marvelous Movie Mondays will all concern work and working life in all its disparate forms including manual labour and the day job, new forms of work, emotional labour and digital nomadism.

This weeks addition will be a marvelous example of the intricacies of the working life and its emotional effects on a new era of the spiritual expat workforce as they travel the globe on knock-off luxury cruise ships. The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of The Air Conditioning by Ross Little follows a group of digital nomads and hippies on a repositioning cruise from Gran Canaria to Brazil before visiting a ship wrecking yard in India. The dreamy pace and poetic structure of this bizarre documentary present the strange warping of digital labour and economic migration as it shows labour hierarchies within the cruise ship as well as the extreme working conditions at the boat yard in India. Laced with a classic Ross Little style battle between cynicism and spirituality, and a wide spiralling narrative. When exhibiting this film at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, Ross Little kept a live Jellyfish in the entrance to the screening room, perhaps as a gesture to the tentacular beings that we are forced to become in this era of working with your mind body and soul.

Ross Little is an artist filmmaker based in Glasgow and is part of the Lies and Liars production company along with myself and Georgia Horgan. In 2015 Ross Little was awarded the ‘Didact Prize for Meaning’ from the not very prestigious Integrity Painting Prize and has continued to live up to this award in his recent film My body as A Weapon as Yours is, a short film set during the recent Armenian uprisings.