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The 2022 Call for Entries has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered their work. We look forward to viewing your films!

Exhibition

Cave Exits

In video games, there is the concept of a dungeon that generates itself – an endlessly mutating death labyrinth. Burr sets this living structure inside a 4-channel video cube. Cave Exits is a Tarkovsky-inspired multimedia narrative that recalls the way we interact with online media – clicking, zooming, scrolling – turning the visual archetype of the labyrinth into a circuit board for our lost, anxious feelings.

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Opaque

There is not simply “the enemy”, and it is not always “over there.” Rather, the enemy might be a lover, a friend; it might dwell in the heart, and resist being pinned down to the position of perpetrator – or victim; and named war, or capitalism, or patriarchy one might like to fight it over there, while enjoying its profits right here. (Antke Engel)

Within an abandoned swimming pool, a curtain is set as both the backdrop and shield for two performers claiming to represent an underground organisation. In blazes of colour and trails of smoke, with nods to Kenneth Anger, the Weather Underground and Jean Genet, Lorenz and Boudry proclaim the power of refusal and the right to opacity.

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Still at Large

Still at Large weaves a real and fictional past of a dreamlike encounter with Roman Polanski’s Lindisfarne-set Cul-de-Sac. Narrator Nicholas Still is confronted by the apocalyptic reveries of a distant voice, unable to discern where this omnipresent being is emanating from.

Is it the voice in his own head, or is it emanating from the Holy Island landscape, or the sea? Or is it the narrative itself ultimately condemning us to the brutal sadism of storytelling?

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The Reagan Shorts

Though a prolific actor, Ronald Reagan’s true defining role was Leader of the Free World. In The Reagan Shorts, Velez presents a number of exceptional and disruptive moments from an archive of more than 2,000 hours of choreographed pathos and pageantry that officially documented his presidency.