A review by Greg de Cuir, Jr 18 February 2014 Difference Screen I encountered the artist Heba Amin twice in a little more than two days. The first was at the Berlinale as part of the Forum Expanded exhibit What Do We Know When We Know Where Something Is? The second was at the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade as part of the Difference Screen program. Indeed, what do we know when we know where something is? We know Amin is at home in both the white and black cube but we may not know where, or what, her home is. As depicted in her video My Love For You, …

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…on the passing of time in the digital age. A message received by BA on New Year’s Day 2014 from Phil Dadson in New Zealand. Unbelievable another year has swept by already .. not sure whether it’s this speedy digital era we live in or whether our brains are changing, or maybe just a symptom of growing old? Is our perception of time passing – the hours of the day, the passage of months and the changes of the season the same in all corners of the planet? Does the passing of time register the same in your town as in mine? in your brain as in mine? It’s intriguing …

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Over one hour we were transported to corners of the old Soviet Union and then halfway across the globe to a California which Hollywood has never shown us. Most shocking, and memorable, was the mismatch between the images of black-and-white Las Vegas and the gentle West Coast voice of the narrator, and the story she told of the horrific and seldom told repercussion of the testing of atom bombs in the desert, close by. Individually the films showed personal (and unique) views of distant but part-familiar places in our times. Refreshing and stimulating – in Mid Wales. Iris Nunn

At Tbilisi Center Of Contemporary Art, we had the pleasure to meet Bruce Allan, curator of “Difference Screen” project. After a short introduction, he started film screening – I didn`t expect my ordinary day to become such an interesting journey through different parts of the world… It`s so strange to discover again, the forgotten feeling, that there may be borders, you may sometimes feel as a stranger in the foreign land, people differ in general -but there are so many common, similar things, that make the main message so understandable, so clear. The variety of artistic approach impressed me much: “Travelling Fields” by Inger Lise Hansen , “A Drone Wrapped …

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For me, one of the highlights of Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia was the 3 day programme of artists’ films entitled “Difference Screen”. About 30 different films, from Ireland to Iran, from Norway to New Zealand, it broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to all sorts of different stories from the far corners of the world. There was an interesting panel discussion at the end of each day with the curators Bruce Allan and Ben Eastop, mediated by Gareth Evans of the Whitechapel Gallery in London. One of those discussions led to the question of ‘Art and Politics’ – a thorny subject, or at least a thorny subject where …

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I’m waiting at the gate to let people onto Lots Ait island. Every forty seconds a droning plane overhead comes in to land at Heathrow. Lights flashing, passenger portholes visible I think of Bladerunner. Soon I join the audience and I’m in a mellow mood this evening. Barge Ideaal is another remarkable context, this time converting a home to public theatre. The films presented are wide-ranging in style and intent and I have seen some of them before. This gives me a privileged opportunity to reflect and consider. I try to avoid the restrictions of comparison and value judgement. There are actions and re-actions, no fantasies or fictions. As performer …

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From Seoul and Ulaanbaatur, Difference Screen came back to the UK for a screening on Barge Ideaal on Lots Ait, (Lot = share, or parcel of land; ait or eyot = middle English for river island), an island in the River Thames on the western fringes of London. To an island, then onto a barge, two steps removed from the shore, a calmness descends as you cross the footbridge and leave behind the frantic city, and set our audience of neighbours, friends and new visitors into a mindset of a different space. Boats define their own set of rules, as vessels that contain and displace, that can only be entered from …

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What a wonderful warm and generous evening we all enjoyed last Saturday 21st September on Ben Eastop’s boat. I’m still carrying around with me the vision of the phenomenal landscape in which Barge Ideaal is moored. We arrived at dusk to be met at the bridge and escorted across the river to the island and then onto the pontoon to the boat. The scale of the whole thing brought to mind thoughts of the Styx and other Chinese stories of boatmen and portals into another world. Exceptionally beautiful at dusk, this certainly didn’t feel like London as on arrival the reflections in the water revealed enormous cranes, other huge mysterious …

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07.09.2013 ARKO, Seoul. An afternoon programme of Difference Screen films was seen by an appreciative audience at ARKO. Preservation is Future A highlight of NDH in Korea 2013 was the exhibition Preservation is Future at the Moodeung Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju. An essay by Annelise Zwez catches its environmental concerns. Annelise presented the essay as an illustrated talk that preceded the Difference Screen programme. Preservation is Future Report azw

Through Mongolia ‘Welcome to the City of Nomads’ hello Ulaanbaatar. Leaving Chinggis Khaan airport we drive into UB, the fast expanding capital of Mongolia. Much of the city is a building site enveloping a huge coal fired power station that dominates its surroundings. A rough road full of traffic and road works leads to wide muddy puddles outside the entrance of the newly built Platinum Hotel. It’s 11.30pm. The only lift, designated for 9 persons, fits 2 with bags. Thunder explodes outside as we enter our room. Next morning we meet Mongolian artists Nandia and Toegi at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, around the corner from Sükhbaatar Square. Together …

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