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FLICKER: Artists and Super 8

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Published on May 28, 2013

An exhibition in early 2013 at Smiths Row gallery in Bury St Edmunds, UK. Co-curated with the Cambridge Super 8 Group, the exhibition examined how 20th and 21st-century artists have worked with the Super 8 format since its invention, from iconic film-makers Derek Jarman and Anne Rees-Mogg through to contemporary visual artists including Giovanna Maria Casetta and Adam Kossoff. This film features three events which took place as part of the exhibition.

In 1965 Kodak introduced the Super 8mm film format, an improvement in home-movie technology which created an instant consumer revolution. By the 1970s, Super 8 was the most widely used film format in the world. The arrival of video technology heralded its commercial demise, but Super 8 re-emerged with cult status -- its nostalgic and alchemic qualities being championed by a new generation of artists and film-makers.

By questioning the boundaries perceived between digital and analogue technology Flicker explores the allure of Super 8 today when the rough and handmade nature still appeals to so many of us. The exhibition brings together work by a broad range of international artists to demonstrate the accessibility, adaptability and experimental nature of Super 8 and that, inspite of our digital age, analogue film remains a rich source of cultural heritage and creative practice.

The exhibition features works by Maite Abella, Dagie Brundert, Giovanna Maria Casetta, Colin Dewar, Fjodor Donderer, Frank "Benjamin" Finger, Dalia Huerta Cano, Derek Jarman, Adam Kossoff, Dimitri Lurie, Davide Pepe & Salvatore Bevilacqua, Anne Rees-Mogg, Tom Scott, Kyle Whitehead and Naren Wilks.

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