About 25 Frames

In 2013, Film and Video Umbrella celebrates 25 years as an independent organisation. Throughout that quarter of a century, it has maintained its place at the forefront of creative and technological developments with the moving image, consistently commissioning and championing work by artists who are innovating with film, video and digital media.

To mark the occasion, Film and Video Umbrella will be inaugurating an ongoing programme of screenings and special events in which stand-out pieces from the organisation’s past are re-staged and re-evaluated for the present. These will include iconic commissions from now-established artists, as well as other important works whose influence was noted at the time, or which has only lately been fully recognised. The ‘25 Frames’ series will begin in September 2013, with special presentations by Tacita Dean, Simon Pope and Dryden Goodwin, and other showcase initiatives involving artists such as Gillian Wearing, Clio Barnard, Isaac Julien, Phil Collins, Jane & Louise Wilson and Johan Grimonprez, amongst others. Taken together, this programme of events, which will carry forward into the first half of 2014, will provide a perfect introduction to many of the key figures and trends in artists’ moving image in the UK.

Presented in partnership with venues across the country, the screenings will be accompanied by a number of related publishing activities, and by discussion events that focus on changes in production, profile and perception of artists’ moving image over the last three decades. The 25 ‘frames’ will consist of key works that Film and Video Umbrella has produced since it started commissioning in earnest in 1993. Alongside this, the initiative will also focus on Film and Video Umbrella’s equally influential touring programmes, many of which predate the organisation’s formal constitution in 1988.

Steven Bode, who has been at Film and Video Umbrella since 1990, and has been Director since 1993, comments: “We are looking forward to launching ‘25 Frames’ in a year where we are celebrating a number of anniversaries. My twenty years as Director, for example, seems to have flown past in little more than the blink of an eye. The twenty-fifth year since the organisation was founded offers an ideal opportunity to look in more detail at some of the key moments in Film and Video Umbrella’s history and focus on some of the individual pieces that stand out over that time. For anyone interested in the moving image, the yardstick of frames-per-second (25 for video, 24 for film) has rich potential as a framing device and we hope that this programme will act as a measure of how much artists’ film and video has developed over the years.”

Programme details: September 2013 – June 2014

Simon Pope ‘Memory Marathon’
ICA, September 7, 7pm
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Tacita Dean ‘Michael Hamburger’
Whitechapel Gallery, September 13, 2.30pm

Dryden Goodwin ‘Closer’
Raindance Festival, October 6, 12.30, Screen 2
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Cory Arcangel Performance
ICA, October 18, Nash Room, 8pm

Alan Currall ‘Encyclopaedia’
Online, 28 October, no booking required

Phil Collins 'marxism today'
Langside Hall, Glasgow, 15 November

Carey Young 'I am a Revolutionary'
Gray's Inn, London, 25 November

Adam Chodzko 'Plan for a Spell'
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 7 December

Breda Beban 'Walk of the Three Chairs' and other works
Peer, London 14-19 December
Hackney Picture House, London 17 December

Melanie Manchot, 'Celebration (Cyprus Street)'
The Tetley, Leeds, 16 January

Marine Hugonnier, 'Ariana'
Hackney Picturehouse, 22 January

Jayne Parker, 'Foxfire Eins'
De La Warr Pavilion, 25 January

Graham Gussin 'Remote Viewer'
Ikon, Birmingham, 30 January

Isaac Julien, 'Vagabondia'
Tate Modern, London, 4 February

Ori Gersht, 'The Forest'
Hackney Picturehouse, 13 February

Lucy Kimbell, 'LIX Index'
Online, 1 March

Clio Barnard, 'Dark Glass'
BFI, 6 March

Jane and Louise Wilson, 'A Free and Anonymous Monument'
Peterlee, 13 March

Shona Illingworth, ‘Balnakiel’
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 23 March

Zineb Sedira, ‘Saphir’
The Warepole Bay Hotel, 29 March

Johan Grimonprez, 'Looking For Alfred'
Hackney Picturehouse, 5 April

Jannane Al-Ani, 'The Visit'
Hayward Gallery, 17 April

Duncan Campbell, 'Make it New John'
FACT, Liverpool, 24 April

A K Dolven, 'it could happen to you'
Newnham College, Cambridge, 15 May

Karen Mirza & Brad Butler 'Deep State’
Tyneside Cinema, June 28 2014