Many works of art have been made in an attempt to retain important memories These films were all made by artists as they dealt with the loss of family, friends or valued institutions.
Films showing in this section:
11:57 Michael Mazière Remember Me 1996
12:08 Katy Shepherd Film 2001
12:12 Anna Thew Broken Pieces for the Co-operative (LFMC Demolition) 1985
12:21 Peter Gidal Assumption 1997
Michael Mazière Remember Me 1996
10 minutes. Collection: Lux
Michael Mazière’s film was made in response to the sudden death of his father - a prominent figure from the French Left. Though highly personal its choice of imagery, and particularly its music, makes it also a lament for a past age of cinema.
Michael Mazière was born in Grenoble in 1957. He studied at Trent Polytechnic and Royal College of Art, London. His early work combined a passionate involvement in the cinematic image with a Gidalian theoretical rigor. A member of the Undercut magazine editorial board, he later became director of London Electronic Arts (formerly LVA), then of The LUX, formed by LEA’s merger with the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. He now makes video installations.
Katy Shepherd Film 2001
3 minutes. Collection: Lux
Katy Shepherd created Film from just four photographs. She wrote ‘When you look at a family snapshot, you bring a lot of your own needs and memories to the reading of it.. As your life moves on - and as family members are lost - these change. The result is a sort of Chinese whispers effect. The image evolves with you The process of animation becomes a means to re-live the past, a chance to resurrect it’. 2001
Katy Shepherd was born in 1961. She studied at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited digital animation widely since 1994. http://katy-shepherd.wiredesign.com/play.htm
Anna Thew Broken Pieces for the Co-operative (LFMC Demolition) 1985
8 minutes. Collection: Artist
The London Filmmakers’ Co-op in Gloucester Avenue, was an essential working and exhibition space for many artists from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. The harsh image of its demolition is qualified in Anna Thew’s film by the superimposition of projected film scenes - memories of past screenings in the Co-op’s cinema.
Anna Thew studied at Manchester University and Chelsea School of Art. She has taught at St Martins School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, where her passion for cinema and her commitment to freedom of artistic expression have inspired many students.
Peter Gidal Assumption 1997
1 minute. Collection: Lux
Peter Gidal’s short film was assembled round a recording of the voice of Mary Pat Leece, who worked at the London Filmmakers’ Co-op in the mid-1970s, and later became a much loved lecturer at St Martins School of Art. She died suddenly in 1997. The film’s rapid-fire montage of images and sounds encapsulates her politics, her Catholicism and her intellectual passion.
Peter Gidal was born in 1946. He studied at Brandeis University Massachusetts, the University of Munich, Germany, and at the Royal College of Art, London, where he later taught theory and practice. Also in the mid-1970s, he was cinema programmer at London Filmmakers’ Co-op, and simultaneously a passionate advocate for the art form in the pages of Time Out and elsewhere. He is author of Andy Warhol, Films and Painting, Studio Vista 1971, Structural Film Anthology BFI 1978, Understanding Beckett Macmillan 1986, Materialist Film Routledge 1990.