University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern SwitzerlandHochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW, Basel Daniel Brefin, Artist filmmaker and Research Associate at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland invited Difference Screen to be part of Art Education Network Week 16 to 20 January 2017 an intensive week of workshops, discussions and presentations under the theme ‘EDUCATION IN THE CONTEXT OF MIGRATION’. The occasion focussing on migration was an appropriate last showing for the Difference Screen project.

Raj Kumar Mazinder, Professor of Printmaking, Assam University, Silchar, attended the 2015 Jorhat screenings and on hearing of my intention to revisit Assam in 2016 requested further screenings at Silchar. One took place at the University, another at Beekshan Cine Commune Film Club. Raj Kumar also arranged screenings at Aizawl, Mizoram and Agartala, Tripura, two states with a tribal past. Mizos like Nagas had been famous headhunters until the middle of the 20th century. The Mazinder family, Raj Kumar, Swapnali and their son Shom, accompanied by painter Uttam Ghosh and his wife Jamuna travelled with me to Aizawl. I soon discovered Mizoram to be different to many places in India. …

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http://www.cubecinema.com http://www.differencescreen.net 1.00pm Registration, refreshments 1.30pm – Introduction 20 minsAims, screenings and countries – Bruce Allan, Ben EastopIdentity, culture, difference – From the Fabric of Things – Gareth Evans 1.50pm – Screening – Landscape and identity 1Sounds from Beneath Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow 6:475 lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown Shelly Silver 10:00Staging Actors, Staging Beliefs Renata Poljak 12:00Hollywood Daniel Brefin 12:20(42mins) 2.35pm Questions and discussion (15mins) 2.50pm – Screening – Landscape and identity 2Travelling Fields – Inger Lise Hansen 8:40Mumbaikar Ganesh – Collin D’Cunha 5:10Friends He Lost At Sea – Henrik Lund Jørgensen 5:32A Drone Wrapped Up in Flying Carpets – Riaz Mehmood 6:06Mantra – Gordana Andjelic-Galic 5:30Collective …

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Having originally arranged provisional dates for Difference Screen to close at Arnolfini, staff cuts and restructuring at the gallery necessitated a change of plan. Cube Cinema, Bristol was a suitable and sympathetic venue to review the Difference Screen Project. We were supported by independent curator for artists’ moving image Carmen Billows, curator and writer Mercedes Vicente with Gareth Evans film curator, Whitechapel Gallery moderating. Artists attending included Difference Screen contributors Neville Gabie Collective Breath and Arpine Tokmajayan A 3000 times walked way. The afternoon was divided into two broad themes Landscape and Identity, Conflict and Migration with groups of films followed by discussion.  Aims of the core activity reflecting on changing political …

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We hosted Difference Screen here in New York on October 15 at ABC No Rio, a scrappy anarchist art space on Manhattan’s lower east side. This coincided with the arrival of friends from the Netherlands who were responsible for bringing me to Bosnia last February, where I first encountered Difference Screen. All in all, it was a happy, drunken event, rife with a sense of reunion and possibility. The program was a showing of five short films: three from the former Yugoslavia, one from Bulgaria, and one from Georgia. By the special request of my partner Vandana Jain (who largely organized the No Rio screening), Gordana Andjelic-Galic’s wonderful film ‘Mantra’ …

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Video screenings of works by artists can sometimes be joyless, or tedious affairs in which outsiders struggle to suspend their disbelief for the full duration. This might be because the films were under, or overcooked, or because the artist saw no need to moderate his narcissism in a way that will enlighten others. Most of us are accustomed to well-manicured movies that are the fruits of a budget big enough to rally an army of fully trained professionals. By curating a rich body of work from many European countries, Difference Screen re-splices some of these disciplinary differences and provides a high quality of content that stands for itself. Our visit …

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I would like to continue the issue of soviet heritage in post-soviet countries because I am not sure that context is read accurately. I will show the work “Mutation” of Central Asian artist, sculptor and photographer Yerbossyn Meldibekov. This multimedia installation was shown within Venice Biennal 2011 in Central Asian Pavilion and in Art Brussel 2013. Yerbossyn Meldibekov made visual examination of ten archival photographs of one of the squares of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where during 90 years 10 monuments have been replaced by successive Governments. Due to the big trend in post-soviet artistic discourse Yerbossyn Meldibekov again try to debate on the topic of architectural and monumental heritage in Central …

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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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