Object Cinema is a new film work by artist Darren Banks commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle and made in collaboration with Workplace Gallery.
Coinciding with the opening week of the Biennale,Object Cinema will show in an off-site location situated in Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, Venice's atmospheric creative quarter. In Autumn 2015, the work has its UK premiere at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema's new dedicated space for artists' moving image.
Part of The Lost Art of the Film Poster, an ongoing curatorial project initiated by Tyneside Cinema's Arts Programme, and inspired by Who Goes There?, a short story written in 1932 by John W. Campbellabout the discovery of an unknown being under the Antarctic ice, Object Cinema is a moving sculpture, and a film without beginning and end. Who Goes There? was first printed in a magazine before being published as a short story, and has since inspired several feature film versions in the science fiction horror genre, called The Thing. In Object Cinema, the content of the story becomes a 'Thing' itself, morphing from one format to another, linking media from the original films. Banks is interested is in how the physical words vanish, and later resurface as immaterial dataflow, moving from the written page, then captured in celluloid, tape and digital code, and ultimately circulated globally online.
Darren Banks is based in London. Recent exhibitions include: The Raven, Garman Ryan Collection, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, House of the Flying Wheel, Backlit, Nottingham, The Object Echo, Baltic 39, Newcastle, Evermore, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, Magnum Opus N/V Projects, London.
Project curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi
Supported by Workplace Gallery and Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice.
Funded by Arts Council England , British Film Institute and Newcastle Culture Fund
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.