For one afternoon, the rivers of other countries and continents will flow through Saltash in Confluences: a looped installation of short films from internationally renowned artist film-makers taking us down the Congo, to Algiers and up the Yangtze River. A series of projected 16mm films will be followed by digital projections of artists’ films. Curated by artist and film curator Lucy Reynolds.
As part of this event, 2002 Turner Prize nominee Catherine Yass will give a talk at 1.30pm. Doors open at 1pm. Please arrive early to secure your seat, as places are limited.
Confluences programme includes:
The Secretary of the Invisible, Marine Huggonier (2008)
An homage to the French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, The Secretary of the Invisible was filmed in the historic homeland, and along the river, of the Songhai people where Rouch had spent much time in his ethnographic work. Re-enacting the participatory collaboration between actor and director pioneered by Rouch, the film documents the shared river journey along the Niger of Hugonnier and her chosen companions Damouré Zika and Moussa Hamidou – Jean Rouch’s principle actor and sound engineer, as they set out to make a film together. Set during ‘Cinema day’ the annual film festival in Niger’s capital Niemey, the narrative also features a “Holley” ceremony – an animist Songhay ritual. The story recounts Hugonnier’s exchange of her radio for another “transmittor of invisibility”, a South-West African transformation mask, which enables the inhabitation of animal spirits
Film Programme Consultant
Lucy is a writer, artist and curator. Her work moves between these different forms, bringing them together through the questions of feminism, political space, collective practice and film. Her articles on artists’ moving image have appeared in journals such as Afterall, Millenium Film Journal and Vertigo, and she has curated film programmes for museums and galleries from Tate Modern and the South London Gallery to Mukha, Antwerp. She runs the MRES: Art: Moving Image, a research based MA devoted to the study of artists moving image at Central St Martins, in association with LUX. Her own films, performances and installations have shown in galleries and cinemas nationally, most recently in Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre, and as part of the Blue Coat gallery touring exhibition 3am: Wonder and Paranoia.
Visit the Ashtorre Rock cafe for a range of refreshments.
Travel to this event by train over the stunning Royal Albert rail bridge.
Bus routes available: 5/5A/76
Parking: there is limited parking available in the village. We encourage travel by public transport wherever possible.