• Aldo Tambellini, Black Zero 1965, performance at The Tanks, Tate Modern, 13 October 2012

    Aldo Tambellini, Black Zero 1965, performance at The Tanks, Tate Modern, 13 October 2012

    Photo:
    © Tate Photography/Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson, 2012

Responding to the subterranean darkness of the Tanks and the pioneering experiments in projection and action included in the Tanks’ opening programme, this symposium examines how artists and filmmakers have critically occupied the spaces between light and darkness, image and action. The symposium highlights a new generation of scholars whose work explores expanded media and intersections between art, film and the live event.

The notion of performative projection, from phantasmagorias and shadow plays to expanded cinema and psychedelia, will be investigated through a collection of talks and discussions in the Starr Auditorium, with free screenings and performances in the Tanks highlighting a long tradition of work that animates our primal connection to the play of projected light and shadow. Reconsidering the obscure side of modernism, this symposium moves out of the white cube and into the darkness, the space of projection, and towards artists’ efforts to intervene directly in the apparatus of cinema.

Symposium speakers include Lucy Reynolds, Lars Bang Larsen, Melissa Ragona, Duncan White, Gil Leung and Noam M. Elcott, with related performances by, Patrick Staff, Tina Keane, Kerry Tribe and Aura Satz happening in the Tanks across Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October.

Part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action

Symposium programme

14.00 Welcome and Introduction by Stuart Comer

14.10 Lucy Reynolds Free Agent: Filmaktion’s Radical Spectatorship

14.35 Lars Bang Larsen Good Shit

15.00 Q&A chaired by Stuart Comer

15.30 Melissa Ragona Black Abstraction and White Noise: Discursive Sound Objects in the work of Aldo Tambellini, Hollis Frampton and Lis Rhodes

15.55 Duncan White Black and Light: Observation and Destruction in Post-War Artists’ Film

16.20 Q&A chaired by Gil Leung

16.50 Tea and coffee will be served in the Starr Auditorium foyer

17.05 Welcome back to final session

17.10 Keynote: Noam M. Elcott In Praise of Darkness

17.55 Q&A chaired by Stuart Comer

18.25 Closing remarks

Related events

Juan Downey: Plato Now
23 October – 26 October 2012

Patrick Staff: Chewing Gum for the Social Body
Friday 26 October 2012, 20.00 – 21.30

Tina Keane: Transposition
Saturday 27 October 2012, 11.00 – 17.00

Kerry Tribe: Critical Mass
Saturday 27 October 2012, 19.00

Aura Satz: In and Out of Synch
Saturday 27 October 2012, 21.00

Event recordings