FLAMIN Productions

FLAMIN Productions: Round 3

The four projects selected to receive production support through the third round of FLAMIN Productions are:

The Chimera of M
by Sebastian Buerkner

The Chimera of M will be a 25 minute, stereoscopic (3D) digital animation. The film will explore issues of social longing, intimacy, loss, aspiration, lust, and identity. The story is told from the viewpoint of an ambiguous, first person narrator, utilising the visual possibilities of the 3D viewing experience to immerse the spectator into a perceived world.

The Chimera of M
is supported by Elephant Trust and Phoenix Square Leicester.

Sebastian Buerkner studied painting in Germany then moved to London to complete his fine art education with an MA at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2002, where he was awarded a Fellowship Residency the following year. His work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows internationally. Since 2004 his art practice has shifted exclusively to animation. Recent exhibitions have included the Whitechapel Project Space, London in 2007, The Showroom, London in 2008, Tramway, Glasgow and Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden in 2009 and Sketch, London in 2010.

by Zarina Bhimji

Jangbar will be a single screen gallery work of 25-30 minutes in length, shot on 35mm on location in East Africa (specifically Zanzibar and Kenya). The film takes as its starting point the trade and immigration routes between India and Africa.  Jangbar will use research and real events to create a fictional film, formed around a non-linear narrative told through sound and image. The filming will focus on architecture and landscape, as well as the body, language, voice and dialogue - a new development in the artist's practice. Bhimji is interested in the spaces, micro details and the light of these distant interiors. Light is an intricate, important element of the composition: the stillness has a suspension of everyday life and narrative is defined by mood and mystery and incompleteness.

is co-produced with Artsadmin and supported by New Art Exchange Nottingham.

Zarina Bhimji was born in Mbarara, Uganda to Indian parents, and moved to Britain in 1974, two years after the expulsion of Uganda's Asian community in the Idi Amin era. Bhimji trained in London at Goldsmiths College (1983-86) and The Slade School of Fine Art (1987-89). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions have included the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and the Whitechapel Gallery in 2012. Her work is currently showing at the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland.
; www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/zarina-bhimji

Wine & Spirits
by Rachel Reupke

Wine and Spirits is a film about alcohol and romantic relationships and the rituals that link the two. The work will be constructed with dialogue revealed through text, seen to be spoken but not heard, accompanied by a music soundtrack. It is to be around 20-30 minutes in duration. The use of silence will act as a device through which difficulties in communication between two people can be made viscerally present, with the presence or absence of inter-titles forming an important structural element of the work. Stylistically the film will refer strongly to advertising with the use of artificial lighting and highly composed still lives.

Rachel Reupke's work considers the trials of everyday life through the smokescreen of commercial image production. She was the recipient of the 2009 Bristol Mean Time residency, and her recent exhibitions include Images Rendered Bare. Vacant. Recognizable. at Stadium, New York, Transformed Land at Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris and Video, an Art, a History: 1965-2010, at Singapore Art Museum. Recent screenings include LUX New Work UK: Alma Mater at Whitechapel Gallery and Artist's Film Club at ICA, London.

The Toxic Camera

by Jane and Louise Wilson

The Toxic Camera will be a new 20-25 minute work based on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The film will explore the interconnecting stories of a radioactive camera, the cameraman who had filmed with it and his relationship with his assistants. It is inspired by the film "Chernobyl: A Chronicle of Difficult Weeks" made by Ukrainian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko in the days immediately following the disaster. Upon processing the film, Shevchenko noticed portions of it were heavily pockmarked and affected by static interference, coinciding with the sound of measuring radiation from the Geiger counter.

The artists intend to make a film of the site where Shevchenko's subsequently radioactive camera is buried. They also intend to incorporate footage from Orford Ness, the former H-Bomb testing site in Suffolk.

The Toxic Camera
is co-produced with Forma Arts and Media.

Jane and Louise Wilson are British artists born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne who work together as a sibling duo. Their art work is based in video, film and photography. The pair completed their fine art education with an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1992 and were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999. Jane and Louise have recently exhibited at the British Film Institute Gallery in 2009, the John Hansard Gallery in 2011, and Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2012.

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