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Night of Festivals 2012

In keeping with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, Night of Festivals 2012 will have a focus on a global celebration of world artists and world freedom. The opening day (21 June) coincides with the opening of the London 2012 Festival and the build up to and delivery of the event will come just before the Torch Relay visits Nottingham. All events are free access

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Exciting programme highlights for Night of Festivals 2012 include:

  • The unveiling of Folk in a Box – a “one on one” musical experience
  • In partnership with the European Commission, ArtReach has been able to create an additional element, Sounds of Stories, a FREE three day programme of world storytelling that will be delivered in a specially erected Mongolian yurt on Old Market Square, as part of Night of Festivals 2012. View Sound of Stories programme.
  • Presentation of a range of short moving image works from film makers from six continents in the ArtReach Nanoplex (the world’s smallest moving-image gallery)About the Nanoplex Programme:In the spirit of welcoming the world to the UK in 2012, ArtReach has curated three exciting programmes of moving image work by artists from across the globe. Collectively these programmes represent artists from six continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North America and South America – with each piece providing a fascinating cultural insight into the theme of freedom and independence. The programmes will be screened daily in the Nanoplex, a state of the art moving image gallery housed within a converted family caravan.
  • World premiere of Michael Nyman’s new short (20 minute) film Witnesses (with an original Michael Nyman score) on the Big Screen in Old Market Square Thurs 21 June 9.30pm
  • Live Music Stage with performances by Zoe Keating and Emily Barker with Red Clay Halo (Thurs 21 June), Fofoulah and Conjunto Sabroso (Fri 22 June) and United Vibrations and Soothsayers (Sat 23 June)
  • A spectacular carnival parade on Fri 22 June leaving Old Market Square at 8.30pm and featuring the amazing designs of Mandinga Arts (with a new processional piece, Chimera, involving 100 community participants and including 7 live musicians on the top tier of the float: bass guitar, congos, violin, tres guitar, vocals & minor percussion, tambalis and trumpet) and the vibrant sounds and sights of Rio samba with Paraiso
  • Street music and theatre and costumed carnival characters on Old Market Square throughout Sat 23 June.
  • A special finale DJ set from international artist Gilles Peterson to conclude the Festival on Sat 23 June.

It will look visually stunning. The wonderful environment of Old Market Square will be embellished with installations and the carnival procession and street theatre interventions will bring colour and breathtaking spectacle. An unprecedented soundscape will emerge through the live music stage and street performance.

There are associated presentations at Nottingham Contemporary (Night of Festivals 2012 screenings from 21 -23 June) and at the New Art Exchange (Kanaval in Haiti exhibition by Leah Gordon).

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Full Programme schedule

Thursday 21 June

11am Festival opens, Launch Events, introducing Rara Lakay

Throughout the day:

Folk in a Box

ArtReach Nanoplex short film programme        Go to Nanoplex programmes

Atis Rezistans sculpture installation

Big Screen Gallery

Storytelling tent

Evening

Main stage events

7.15 -8.15 Zoe Keating – electronic cellist

8.30 – 9.20 Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo (first set)

9.30-9.50 international composer and film maker, Michael Nyman, introduces the world premiere screening of his new short film Witnesses with a special new score by Michael Nyman (commissioned by ArtReach for the Festival).

10-11pm Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo (second set)

 

Friday 22 June

From 11am and continuous throughout the day:

Folk in a Box

ArtReach Nanoplex short film programme         Go to Nanoplex programmes

Atis Rezistans sculpture installation

Big Screen Gallery

Storytelling tent

12.30 – 2.00 Refugee Artist Platform on main stage – featuring Ngoma and Baran

6.45 – 7.15 Rara Lakay perform outside the Council House

7.15 – 8.30 Fofoulah on main stage

8.30 Carnival Procession leaves Old Market Square and parades through the streets led by Mandinga Arts, Paraiso Samba and Rara Lakay view carnival route

8.45-10pm Conjunto Sabroso on main stage (first set)

10pm procession arrives back in Old Market Square, Paraiso Samba perform in front of the Council House, Mandinga Arts perform in the Square

10.30-11.30 Conjunto Sabroso on music stage (second set)

 

 

Saturday 23 June

From 11am and continuous throughout the day:

ArtReach Nanoplex short film programme             Go to Nanoplex programmes

Atis Rezistans sculpture installation

Big Screen Gallery

Storytelling tent

11am – 4.30pm regular performances in the Square from Paraiso Samba and local groups, Mandinga Arts costumed carnival performers (accompanied by Rhythms of the City) and Rara Lakay

Evening – main stage events

7-8.15 United Vibrations

8.30- 9.45 Soothsayers

10 -11.30 DJ Gilles Peterson – special DJ set from the main stage

Don’t forget to call in at Nottingham Contemporary during the Festival where Michael Nyman’s Witnesses will be screened on a loop in The Space. As part of the Festival The New Art Exchange is showing Leah Gordon’s exhibition Kanaval – vodou, politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti.

Nanoplex Programmes

 

In the spirit of welcoming the world to the UK in 2012, ArtReach has curated three exciting programmes of moving image work by artists from across the globe. Collectively these programmes represent artists from six continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia, North America and South America – with each piece providing a fascinating cultural insight into the theme of freedom and independence. The programmes will be screened daily in the Nanoplex, a state of the art moving image gallery housed within a converted family caravan.

 Programme 1 – Duration: 25 Minutes

The Present

Ivana Rezek

Croatia

The Present is a fragment of a larger collaborative performance ‘The Return’, performed on a bridge in Sarajevo in September 2011, which dealt with the issues of returning home after great trauma and moving on with life. This little fragment of the performance deals with liberating oneself from the heavy weight on someone’s mind (memories, trauma, regrets etc.) and facing and conquering one’s fears (walking a possibly dangerous path and successfully reaching the goal).

Performer: Elma Selman – Recording/Editing: Ivana Rezek

Over There Is Over Here

Morehshin Allahyari  

Iran

In a recent trip to Iran, Allahyari found a picture of political prisoners, which was at least 100years old. Looking at the prisoners chained to each other, Allahyari saw a tragic relationship between the past and the present of Iran; a shared pain from the same soul, generation after generation.  Over There Is Over Here explores the dialectics of time, space, real and unreal to define and critique the position of those who have left Iran in the last 4-5years in relation to current political prisoners in Iran. The project uses 3D animation and data glitch as a way to illustrate presence-less presence and to show the passage and collapse of time.

 

Study for (a) Landscape

Laura F Gibellini  

North America

Study for (a) Landscape is an immersion in a map of the state of NY. It is literally a walk through the lines that conform such a map, as if it were a real territory. Despite depicting a specific area the video offers a white canvas, a place for projection, for identification, where each spectator can reflect on his/her own mental, emotional and physical place on earth.

 

The Xerces Society, Installment VII: From London to Marrakech

Laleh Mehran

North America

The Xerces Society addresses the blurring intersections between art, science, and politics. The primary character – the one around whom much of the action circles – is Sir Samuel Cropia, a world-renowned lepidopterist known for his extreme dedication to the preservation and proliferation of butterflies and moths. Sir Samuel Cropia’s name makes reference to the cecropia moth, which is one of the largest moths found in North America. The intention of The Xerces Society, whose title refers to a North American butterfly conservation society of a similar name, as well as to Xerces, the famed king of ancient Persia, is to investigate the complexities of fanaticism and ideology under the auspices of art and science.

 

Look at Me!

Alison Williams

South Africa

Look at me! deals with online interactivity and presence and examines perceptions of the self versus perception by countless others that view us online. A work about vanity, aging, the masks that people wear and the way that societal interaction has changed over time due to technology. The desire to be viewed and liked alters the very core of our relations with other people. Where words subside and their importance becomes less and less, we see the surface and do not want to be bothered by the reality of details. Superficiality is sustained and fed by internet presence.

  

Programme 2 – Duration: 25 minutes

The Engine Room

Chris Billington

United Kingdom

The Engine Room captures the essence of an important piece of Britain’s industrial legacy, a snapshot of marine engineering circa 1843 that made the SS Great Britain the fastest ship in the world, her 12 knot engine was Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s magnificent wonder of the age.

The SS Great Britain was the embodiment of freedom when she was built, enabling passengers to cross the oceans swiftly and safely, giving many who sailed in her a new found independence; her engine room was the power behind that freedom.

 

After (The World)

Kai-Oi Jay Yung

China

After (The World) offers Yung’s scale of a possible new world concluding the chaos of industrial advance, ecological destruction and social suicide. Characteristic of Yung’s bewildering diverse process combining photography, animation, video, sculpture, and sound, After… conjures an ethereal kaleidoscopic universe that gives rise to hope of a new structure after the end of all. What lies after is a sensorial rhythmic of rotating organic mass, a sonorous vision to blossom nature, man and our habitats.

 

Camera Obscura

Marta Maia

Australia

The camera obscura is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings onto a surface. In a way it resembles a mind frame bringing up images from the memory and from the imagination, a capability unique to human beings. In the thesis film written and directed by our 2010 graduate Marta Maia ‘Camera Obscura’ is about constructions we create around ourselves and the way those structures influence the way we live and interact with the world.

 

Programme 3 – Duration: 20 minutes

3 Seasons & Departing Tide

Lani Asuncion

North America

In this video, Asuncion points to a sense of remembrance, like a haunting memory of the past that remains in the present. Similar to folklore and myths, in the tradition of performance and body art, Asuncion is interested in the transformation and preservation of the ephemeral. The work takes place in liminal spaces between the physical realm and a space beyond. In this space the viewer encounters the character Pineapple Girl. Grounded in her American Southern and Pacific Islander cultural background, this character is a timeless being that walks through a landscape of stories that are weaved from new histories.

 

Varal

Lourival Cuquinha 

Brazil

Varal is a short video work narrating the journey of Cuquinha’s urban interventions – huge shafts of clothes hung both inside and outside of cities across the world. Varal was created in response to the habit of the people who live in the Santo Amaro community, northeast of Brazil, who modify their landscape with the rows of clothes they hang out to dry. Re-using this action and giving it gigantic dimensions, Cuquinha explores social habits and their representations.

Hopi Hopsi

Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir

Iceland

In Hops Hopsi  the now defunct GDR-era amusement park, Spreepark, becomes a site for the exploration of our collective disillusionment of the restorative potentials of architecture. The GDR, with its mandate to prove socialism’s superiority over capitalism, orchestrated grand ideological projects that would showcase its vitality, moral standing, and humanist ambitions. Many of these projects – indeed the project of post-war socialism as a whole – have failed. Today, the Spreepark, with its upturned dinosaurs, overgrown paths, and dilapidated structures, stands as a physical symbol of a failed experiment – a sentiment that finds reverberation in today’s failed global economy.

 

Genau (Exactly)

Kaely Dekker

Canada

This film is an exploration of the urban fabric of Hamburg, Germany. Travelling by foot, bicycle, automobile and train through all hours of the night and day, thousands of still images were captured of this vibrant city’s streets, walls, shops, cafes and transport infrastructure. Genau (Exactly) is, in a sense, a travel documentary, but one that playfully compiles visual samples of the traveler’s experience, what was seen, where they went and the music they heard.

 

Dreams (Smaerd) Smeared

Jude Anogwih

Nigeria

Dreams (Smaerd) Smeared investigates the anticipations, expectations, hopes, aspirations and ambitions of a young immigrant. The immigrant’s dreams are composed of elements – water, flipping magazines and bags running on the screen. The immigrant is smeared by imagined possibilities and influences derived from personal contacts, the media and imagined images of the other side (Europe, America, Asia). These interactively determine the realization of his intention and action to move and migrate to a new place or space.

  • When & Where


    When

    Night of Festivals Touring
    Leicester 16/17 August 2014


    Time

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