Friday, June 18, 2010

Darren Banks: "Film Lounge The City and The Stars Programme" Stills, Edinburgh, UK

Darren Banks
Film Lounge The City and The Stars Programme
Stills, Edinburgh, UK
19 June - 18 July 2010

Film Lounge is Stills' new, permanent, moving image exhibition and resource space, presenting changing programmes of artists' film. Film Lounge provides a platform to experience and explore a diverse range of films by Scottish and international artists in a unique screening environment.

Examining experimental approaches to film-making, the programmes respond to the ideas underpinning Stills' main exhibitions and create themed presentations of both historical and contemporary works.

The five films that make up the first Film Lounge programme, explore the city as a seething network of information, within a rapidly expanding universe of details. Between them, the five artists map out physical environments, model imaginary natural systems, track the movements of the stars across the sky, blur the boundaries between science and science fiction and unpick narratives from stories and images found online.

Darren Banks  Its not the End of the World 2009
Jeanne Liotta  Observando el Cielo 2007
Karen Russo   Target 090313977 2009
Semiconductor  Sound of Microclimates 2004
Thomson and Craighead Flat Earth 2007

This special Film Lounge screening will present Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair's film London Orbital, a mesmeric 76 minute documentary concerning the psychogeographical mappings of the world's largest motorway, the M25 using interviews, archival footage and voiceovers.

The film journeys back into the past to arrive at the future, enroute engaging with history and the occult, excavating the past through H.G Wells - War of the Worlds and Bram Stoker - Dracula with musings on surveillance, shopping, terrorism and Essex gangsters.

Darren Banks
It's Not The End Of The World, 2007
Single Channel Video
courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK