Moving Image Arts London

© Lawrence abu Hamden – still from  film Rubber Coated Steel (2016)


If you are keen to be illuminated on moving image art and how it might shed light on the human condition this website could be what you are looking for. If you want to get an overview on contemporary art there are many other websites but the MI artworld is where I have pitched my tent. The genre variously tagged as video art, artist’s film and moving image art is burgeoning so I need to limit my critical bandwidth. The wider cultural context of an artwork is unavoidable so its political and social implications will often be the starting point for my writing. Other artforms including music, theatre and literature will be added to the mix as ideas do not respect boundaries. My degree studies (many years ago) were in biology, psychology and social anthropology, not art, so these disciplines will always find their way into the blog.

I have been an avid follower of moving image art for many years so this blog provides an outlet for my musings on what is showing in London. Usually I will be posting my thoughts while the exhibition is still running, so if you are in London you can pick up on what might be worth a visit. I will aim to post fairly regularly depending on the availability of exhibitions that are worth writing about and the time it takes to gather my thoughts into a coherent form.

Marclay, Look
Christian Marclay, still from video Look, 2017-19 courtesy of the artist

Given the sheer volume of new shows some will have closed by the time I post my review. When the exhibition is very extensive I will write about only those works that have had an impact on me. I will always try to give links to artworks that are also available online so you can check them out without a gallery visit.

Most of the comments you will find here are positive. As an ex-teacher I’m not really a fan of damning criticism. I never found it that it helps students. If I cannot find something useful to say about a work my instinct is to ignore it. However I do have certain bete noirs: narcissism and pretension particularly irritate me. Honesty, humility and humour will always be given credit.

My primary interest is to follow the development of emerging artists and publicise their work. They need whatever support they can garner to launch their careers. Since the blog was launched in 2016 I have been privileged to record the growing reputations of young artists like Alice May Williams, Sam Austen, Ruth Waters and Lawrence abu Hamden  So degree shows at London art colleges and awards for moving image artists like the Jerwood will be an important feature of this blog. There is a lot of mediocre moving image art around so I will unapologetically prioritise exhibitions of my favourite well established artists including David Blandy, Mark Wallinger, William Kentridge, and Christian Marclay.

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, still from video, Finding Fanon Part Three, 2018 courtesy of the artists


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