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Sheffield Fringe 2013

Friday 14 June 2013
6-10 pm | 12 - 8 pm

Halil Altındere – Huw Andrews – Alison Ballar – George Barber – Rob Barker – Helen Benigson – Vera Brunner-Sung – Nisha Duggal – Köken Ergun – Annika Eriksson – Esra Ersen – Charlotte Ginsborg – Maj Hasager – David Jacques – Patrick Keiller – Peter Kubelka – Bob Levene – Andrea Márquez – Michael Maryniuk – Abinadi Meza – Luke Moody – Joe Moran – Ian Nesbitt – Alia Pathan – November Paynter – Didem Pekün – Leyla Rodriguez – Alicja Rogalska – Jani Ruscica – Sheffield Media Unit – Cristian Straub – Neil Webb & Ron Wright – Josh Weissbach – Emily Wilczek – Katy Woods

The third edition of Sheffield Fringe considers the critical possibilities of film as both documentary and art, tracing the historical use of the documentary medium by artists to connect with social, political and personal realities back through the film co-op movement of the 1980’s and earlier experimental film, in continuous dialogue with new documentary practices. This year’s programme also featuring selections from guest curators Annexinema.

In the remarkable Sheffield Media Unit videos (1984-89), Sheffield emerges as a centre of both resistance and serious play. With emphasis on social humanist perspectives, the archive offers a rare survey of the culture and creativity of the time. Michael Grigsby’Living on the Edge (1987) reveals the impact of the Thatcher era on three families, eloquently counterbalancing the exuberance of Sheffield Media Unit. Urban Observations, guest curated by November Paynter, presents videos that work with performance, recital and gathering to share opinions, beliefs and diverse tales surrounding Istanbul and beyond. Halil Altındere’s rap-video shows young men recanting in aggressive, charged tones about issues of gentrification and enforced re-housing, whilst Annika Eriksson’s focus is on the street cat – capturing a surreal scene of gathering and mutual attraction.

From BS Johnson’s The Unfortunates and Peter Kubelka’s Afrikareise to George Barber telling it how it is in I was once involved in a shit show, fellow guest curators Annexinema propose that documentary trades in evidence and that film trades in mediation. Narrative Transfer exposes cultural and domestic constraints via narration as disparate as an interior monologue and a legal document. From Abinadi Meza’s Black Box Recorder to Josh Weissbach’s 106 River Road, a yearning for something beyond concrete evidence unites these films.

Charlotte Ginsborg’s Over the Bones launches Sheffield Fringe this year, as the opening salvo of a curatorial mix tape that positions artists’ film as musical. Included are punk trash, Polish folklore, Canadian country and western music, as well as the Socialist anthem The Internationale, adapted by Billy Bragg and re-interpreted by Nisha Duggal as a self-portrait “in the hands of the digital dilettante”. This is followed by Summoning ShadowsNeil Webb and Ron Wright’s live performance with musically associated-objects, analogue tape and field recordings set to a film featuring some of Sheffield’s iconic architecture. Rob Barker, Joe Moran & guests complete the opening evening with a set of partly improvised songs in direct response to story-based prompts inspired by a recent event in Sheffield’s history.

Sheffield Fringe is an artist-led curatorial project exploring the intersection of art & documentary practices through screenings, talks, exhibitions and research, presented in partnership with Openvizor. Sheffield Fringe 2013 is produced in collaboration with Bloc Projects and Bloc Studios. Studios will be open to the public Saturday 15 June 12-6pm for screenings and exhibitions.