As part of June's Uniqlo Tate Late programme, a free display of moving image works from the International Collection is offered in the Starr Cinema. The selection centres on the relationships created between audiences and performers through the position and choreography of the camera.
In Apichatpong Weerasethakul's I'm Still Breathing 2009, a music video created as part of his expansive installation Primitive, we see a group of teenage boys running, dodging smoke balls, kicking a combustible football and riding in the back of a pick-up truck through a village in northern Thailand. Captured by the moving bodies of the artist and three teenagers to whom he gave cameras, the shaky, fast-paced video was conceived as a celebration of these spontaneous actions.
Daria Martin's In the Palace 2000 is the first work in a trilogy of short 16mm films paying homage to Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet 1927 and its exploration of performers' relationship to the industrial environments surrounding them. The film is set in a scaled-up version of Alberto Giacometti's sculpture The Palace at 4 A.M. 1932, from which it takes its title. The camera ceaselessly circles around a group of four performers standing inside the cage-like space of the enlarged sculpture, spotlit against a darkened background, holding sequences of Classical poses.
Joan Jonas' Songdelay 1973 choreographs a theatre of space, movement and sound, with the urban landscape of New York in a featured role. Using ubiquitous industrial props, a cast of performers stage a series of partially improvised and partially choreographed gestures. The delay between the sight of an action and the sound associated with it – most notably in a refrain when performers clap wooden blocks together – indicates that Jonas' camera is much further away than it appears.
Visitors may freely enter and exit the cinema throughout the evening.
Tate Film Display
I’m Still Breathing 2009
Video, colour, sound, 11 min
T13564, purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2011
In the Palace 2000
16mm transferred to video, colour, sound, 7 min
* Original artwork: 16mm film. Presented here as a digital projection for the purposes of this display
T12744, purchased 2007
16mm transferred to video, black and white, sound, 19 min