Commissioned in collaboration with Blip Creative artist Graham Gussin created ‘Film film’ for screening in the Window of the Charing Cross Road site of Central Saint Martins.
“The work ‘Film Poster’ first existed as a poster for an exhibition in Portugal. It consists of 380 lines which were written over the course of a week. I wanted to make a work which existed as a kind of potential, a list of possible films, some of which seem impossible. The intention was that it should exist as a list of things to make, an instruction to others and a kind of poetry at the same time. I was thinking of the visual and how things are mediated, communicated and made coherent through film. The repetition of the word ‘Film’ brings a kind of frenzy to the piece, as if everything, somehow, must be filmed.
The work for the window at Central Saint Martins is the moving version of this poster, each line fading up and then down, using an obviously cinematic language. It is unlikely that the viewer would watch this through of course, but each line is meant to function separately as well as in the flow of the complete work, each is an image or a problem to solve, an obstacle or a chance.
The work also exists as an unlimited print”. Graham Gussin.
Graham Gussin lives and works in London where he is currently a teaching fellow at the Slade School. He is currently preparing a project ‘Illumination Rig’ for the opening of Turner Contemporary, Margate on the 16th April 2011.
Film Poster was first show in a solo show in Vila do Conde, Portugal in 2008
BLIP is a media research company directed by Peter Cornwall, Visiting Profesor at Central Saint Martins. BLIP researches visual media, computing and electronics has created new display technologies for both the commercial sector and the arts. The company has been at the leading-edge of computer-controlled display projects and creative for more than 20 years, as well as developing extensive experience in specialist film and video post-production. It maintains active interests in the relationship between science and technology in art, architecture, culture and the environment; for example, organising the internationally acclaimed MediaArchitecture conference in London in 2007.
BLIP’s arts projects have included major exhibitions at Kiasma, Helsinki; ZKM, Karlsruhe; ARS-Electronica, Linz; the ICA and Royal Academy, London and ICC Tokyo. University projects, dating back to BLIP’s Visual Theory Group at Imperial College, London in the 1990s. Recent public projects include 40m display installation works in the European Parliament Brussels and at ARCOMadrid, the 30th contemporary arts festival in Madrid.