Dockland

Britain’s docklands, the vital front-line for international trade and communications, have provided subject matter for generations of artists and writers.

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Eye Music

This section includes films by artists who have pursued the idea that moving patterns of abstract shape and colour can be as satisfying to the eye as music is to the ear.

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Interior Drama

During the early years of film there was widespread debate about the ability of sequences of moving images - not just the human face - to represent states of mind and emotions. Artists have continued this line of exploration. 

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Intimate Rituals 

Daily activities such as washing and dressing are often shown in paintings, but only rarely provide the central focus of a film. 

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New Romantics

Reacting against the formal rigour of film experiments of the 1970s, a new generation of artists turned to the films of Kenneth Anger and Jean Cocteau for inspiration. Working with cheap Super8 film, lush colour and music, and a languorous pace, they celebrated the body, decor, and visual excess.

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Filmaktion

William Raban, Malcolm Le Grice and Gill Eatherley performed together in the early 1970s as Filmaktion. Participants also included Annabel Nicolson and Mike Dunford. The group’s central concerns were to dramatise the film-projection event, to give viewers an active role in which they construct their own experience, and become aware of the elements that have contributed to it. 

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Shaggy Dogs

A linear narrative is fundamental to most mainstream filmmaking, whether fiction or documentary. Artists are inclined to break this rule, frustrating expectations and denying resolution.

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The Camera 

The film camera - the artist’s second eye - is sometimes more than an invisible tool. Its performance can provide the main subject of a film.

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Calculated Abstraction 

Mathematics has been used to structure paintings, as well as music. To artists working with film, video and computers it is the source of time-based abstract compositions. 

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Invocations 

‘I have always considered movies evil; the day cinema was invented was a black day for mankind.’ Kenneth Anger, 1969. Each of the three films that follow alludes to the magic power of the moving image. 

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Work 

Industrial strife and the political changes in Britain in the early 1970s are reflected in the work of several artists, who used film to explore individual rights and contemporary working conditions. 

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The Film Strip

Made without the use of a camera, these films from the mid-1970s focus attention on the surface that carries the film image. 

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