Difference Screen Review Cube Cinema, Bristol 23 January 2016
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 geographies through people and places was met in a perhaps unexpected way with an increasing focus on the world issues of displacement, conflict and migration. A trigger for this was an invitation to curate films for Schlachten Displaced http://schlachten.org/displaced-2015/ an international arts festival near Berlin in June 2015 http://schlachten.org/displaced-2015-video-tent-programme/#displacedfilm1 The final Review at Cube also reflected these issues. Showing work in the Balkans at the winter festival Sarajevo, the Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb also in part reflected on issues of conflict.
Claudia Pilsl later wrote “The programme touched so many core aspects of what it is to be human”.