Responding to Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film installation The Clock, this special discussion considers how particular movies continue to influence our lives. Contributors discussing their favourite film moments include artist Larry Achiampong, with the conversation chaired by Gaylene Gould, Head of Cinemas and Events at the British Film Institute.
His solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. With works that examine his communal and personal heritage – in particular, the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position, Achiampong crate-digs the vaults of history. These investigations examine constructions of ‘the self’ by splicing the audible and visual materials of personal and interpersonal archives, offering multiple perspectives that reveal entrenched socio-political contradictions in contemporary society.
Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and Somerset House, London.
Gaylene Gould is Head of Cinemas & Events at the British Film Institute. Previously she worked as a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival amongst others, and creatively directed a number of large-scale exhibition projects for the BFI, FILMCLUB, the Museum Service and Arts Council England. She was founder of an independent projects company and consultancy, WriteTalkListen, designing multi-media projects for the Tate, Vivid Projects, Malmo Moderna Museet and Selfridges. She also worked as an organisational consultant for cultural venues and companies such as the National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre and the Southbank Centre. She is an accredited coach, published writer, and broadcaster for BBC Radio.
Organised in collaboration with the BFI.