Second Sight: New Commissions
In association with LUX, we are delighted to present a special Archive Screening Day preview of our upcoming 2020 national film tour exploring the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement that developed throughout the 1980s.
Earlier in the day, we will be screening two key films from the period – Martina Attille’s Dreaming Rivers and Milton Bryan’s The People’s Account (produced by Menelik Shabazz) – and in this session, will screen new artists’ moving image commissions from Ayo Akingbade, B.O.S.S. collective, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman.
This screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion with the artists themselves and filmmaker Menelik Shabazz; chaired by Jemma Desai, programmer and Founder, I Am Dora.
Films in the programme
Dir: Ayo Akingbade | UK | 2019 | 6 mins
Acting as part ode and through a series of interpretations, the film depicts young artists considering with sheer wonder who is given a voice.
Directed, produced and edited by Ayo Akingbade
Dir: B.O.S.S. Collective | UK | 2019 | 7 mins
A short film exploring the polyphony of collectivity in the desires, motivations and stories that foreground the histories and present(s) of Black British sound. Collective Hum documents a collective in practice through the operation of B.O.S.S using multiple narration, overlapping voices and the sound of group interviews, meetings and events to create a polyphonic score to soundtrack images of the ‘collective bodies, kinaesthetic experience and gestural language’ of sound system culture.
Dir: Morgan Quaintance | UK | 2019 | 28 mins
What kind of power is accessible through the discovery of a voice? Looking at personal and communal empowerment through vocal training and liberation movements in London and Chicago, South also explores what happens when speech is ignored, and the voice fades.
Camera/edit/sound/writing: Morgan Quaintance
Your Ecstatic Self
Dir: Rehana Zaman | UK | 2019 | 32 mins
Your Ecstatic Self is a conversation unfolding in a car with Sajid, the artist’s brother. As the journey progresses Sajid discusses his engagement with the philosophy and practice of Tantra, having spent the majority of his 44 years as a strict Sunni Pakistani Muslim. Placing the idiosyncrasies of western fetishism towards eastern philosophical traditions alongside cultural orthodoxies and ancestral knowledge, Your Ecstatic Self takes up multifaceted expressions of desire, intimacy and sexual agency.