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GUY SHERWIN: SEVEN FILMS ABOUT PLACE
January 8 @ 19:30 - 21:30
CLOSE-UP CENTRE: Guy Sherwin presents a programme exploring a range of approaches to capturing qualities of place and changes in film form. A haphazard diary of places and of times.
“This programme came about partly by accident. Last year I was invited by curator Federico Rossin, to present my films in a programme on landscape for a documentary festival in Lussas, France. Included were my new film Nijomasue, made in Japan, along with Connemara (Ireland) and the urban landscape Under the Freeway (USA). This prompted me to think about journeys I have made for a variety of reasons that have resulted in a film about a particular place. These films have arisen partly from the need to capture and hold onto the ephemeral qualities of a place that one is passing through and may not experience again; film is inherently very good at doing that. Those three films form the basis of this programme. I have combined them with other works that also centre on a specific place. In none of the films have I gone far out of my way to make the film, in one way or another they are all observations of the immediate location where I happened to be.
I also wanted to show a range of approaches to capturing those qualities of place: translation of the spatial depth of landscape into the flat rectangular image of the screen, structuring of time, image, sound. Thus the programme is partly a reflection on the forms of film – from the diaristic spontaneity of Road to Kayenta 1986, made on a road trip through Arizona, to the formal structures of Connemara, made on a visit to Ireland in 1980. It also reflects on film’s changing technologies, from Super 8 home movie to the now ubiquitous digital video. Overall the programme can be seen as a record in passing of those often seemingly random places on the globe that one finds oneself in – attempts to fix the present, knowing it will pass; a haphazard diary of places and of times.” – Guy Sherwin