Tickets: £5 door / £4 advance
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Nearest tube: Bethnal Green
Booking is essential for this event, as places are limited.
Light Reading's 2008 series continues with a conversation between artist Neil Henderson and musician Evan Parker. A selection of Henderson's films will be screened during the event, including Landscape Film (2002), Tidal (2005), The Street (2008) and the documentary Evan Parker (2008). In addition, Evan Parker will perform a short piece on soprano saxophone.
Neil Henderson's practice is one that engages with the technical specificities and processes of making images that provoke highly particular and interrogative experiences. Much of his earlier work, simple in its construction, is concerned with testing out fundamental questions and assumptions about the medium of film. What constitutes a film? How can it be defined? In such works, where Henderson uses multiple projectors, the function of the projector is also transformed; from necessary support to an engagement with its performative characteristics and impact on the space and the audience. Henderson's recent work demonstrates a more visible synthesis between film and photography. Using an arrestingly subtle approach, Henderson explores ideas of gradual development and process, exposed and scrutinized through a parallel focus on regular occurrences and changes in nature and the landscape and its effect on human interaction with it.
Neil Henderson studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and the Slade School of Art. He is currently a lecturer in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, with recent screenings at the Animator Festival, Poznan, Poland, 2008, Phoenix Arts, Leicester, 2008, Diversions Film Festival, Edinburgh, 2008, Film Festival Centre, Rodina Cinema, St Petersburg, 2008 and the 19th Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, 2007. His work is discussed in Nicky Hamlyn's Film Art Phenomena (London: BFI, 2003).
Evan Parker is one of Britain's most prolific free improvisation jazz players on tenor and soprano saxophone. His international music career has spanned over four decades during which time he has recorded countless solo and group albums, although unaccompanied solo performance still forms a major part of his work. Parker's early recordings of the 1960s and 1970s are known for their experimental and unusual recording methods with among others, plastic reeds, circular breathing and rapid tonguing. Unlike his influences from the American rhythmic jazz scene of the 1950s, Parker creates abstract soundscapes with a focus on shape rather than melodic content. His recent work has demonstrated more of an interest in electronics, working with other musicians to process his music in real time, creating feedback loops and playing with the shifting and innovative forms of his pieces.