Tate Modern Film

Ericka Beckman: Image games – work in context

Gil Leung, Falling Into Or Against_Compression Mix 2013 HD video still

Sophie Michael, Astrid Colours 2010–12 Film still

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Priapus Agonistes 2013 Video still

Yemenwed, No Image, Commercial Breaks 2011 Video still

Helen Benigson, Why U Shouldn’t Date a Soldier 2011 Video still

Ed Atkins, A Thousand Centuries of Death 2009 HD video still

Ericka Beckman, Tension Building 2012 Film still

Falling Into Or Against_Compression Mix, Gil Leung, UK, 2013, HD video, 3 min

Astrid Colours, Sophie Michael, UK, 2010, 16mm, 3 min

Priapus Agonistes, Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, USA, 2013, HD video, 15 min

No Image, Commercial Breaks, Yemenwed, USA, 2011, video, 4 min

Why U Shouldn’t Date a Soldier, Helen Benigson, UK, 2011, video 7 min

A Thousand Centuries of Death, Ed Atkins, UK, 2009, HD video, 7 min

Tension Building, Ericka Beckman, USA, 2012, 16mm transferred to HD video, 7 min

This screening includes a number of recent works by a new generation of artists chosen by curator Isobel Harbison to be viewed in the company and context of Beckman’s oeuvre. In diverse ways, they exploit different children’s games, team sports, board and video games as structural or framing mechanisms, or narrative devices. Different works relate to particular aspects of those of Beckman’s, excerpts of which are shown during the screening as interludes. Works by Gil Leung and Sophie Michael look at children’s ‘developmental’ exercises as platforms for creativity, error and adult judgment. Work by Mary Reid Kelley condenses aspects of Greek drama and mythology with scenes of the church volleyball tournaments she encountered as a child, where gymnasium architecture becomes a labyrinthine space for violent sacrifice and bodily need. Yemenwed’s ‘commercial breaks’ show female protagonists venturing through the virtual worlds and surreal architecture of airbrushed advertising spaces and Helen Benigson’s work adapts the virtual worlds of video games as a platform for her female protagonist to play out pursuit and survival. Ed Atkins’s early work shows how camera movements might treat and condense a real landscape into a claustrophobic inner space in order to implicated the viewer in this pursuit.

The screening concludes with Beckman’s most recent work, Tension Building, 2012, and be followed by a panel discussion with Ericka Beckman, curator Isobel Harbison and invited guests, contextualising her practice across generations.

Programme duration 70 min

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

29 September 2013 at 17.00–19.00

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