The esteemed London art college, Goldsmiths have a well deserved reputation for moving image art so here is a selection of some of the best produced by their alumni from the last 4 years. They have generously made them available free to the public. More will be added as I track them down. Click on the titles to access the videos which are all around five minutes.
Jo Wort’s Bunkertown is a chilling and bleakly funny pastiche of an estate agent’s promotional video for properties we all might wish to own at the moment but only the world’s billionaires can afford. The terrible thing is that this fortress style development will only get a boost from covid-19.
Francis Almendarez is originally from LA, (Calif). His Dinner as I Remember is a colour-drenched and moving tribute to traditional Hispanic home cooking and a riposte to Instagram food porn.
Redsky66 is one of several utterly compelling and often dryly amusing, films by Ruth Waters. This one is a case study of the terror of digital immortality and introduces us to apeirophoba, the fear of eternity. Her website gives access to full versions of many of her films for a very reasonable rental charge. She has a unique take on the absurdity of our times, an artist well worth supporting.
Michael Dignam’s short video, Precarity , creates maximum impact with minimal material. This hypnotic black and white film draws you in with digitally manipulated shadows from the rotor blade of a hidden wind generator sweeping over a rutted countryside track.
Katie Hare’s incisive intelligence shines through her films. In five minutes she establishes a subtle parallel between the visual and the political in her film, Wrong then, wrong today , simply by using a Tex Avery cartoon clip from the 1950’s.
Daniel Dressel was born in Germany but is currently based in a parked van that doubles as his studio on Cody Dock, East London where he has been their official artist in residence since 2014. His website includes a gripping and beautifully edited mini nature documentary featuring an indomitable robin and subverting the genre by shooting entirely in the claustrophobic atmosphere and ambiant sound of the Tropical House at Kew Gardens.
Aimee Neat’s insightful performance skills are used to hilarious effect to satirise the desperate, infantilising narcissism of social media self projection in her unsettling video A Sculpture of Your Grief , Take II which features a troubling rictus grin of despair.
Sun Park’s video Now and There , Here and Then is particularly poignant in the current lockdown with our increasing reliance on facetime to contact loved ones. Shot three ago, a mother-daughter video call between the UK and South Korea casts original insights on globalisation, technology, family and the nature of art.
Aimee and Sun also work together with Susanne Dietz as Ballpark Collective which has had a couple of excellent shows. Susanne’s trailer for her atmospheric work Whats yours is mine features spooky candles and gives a flavour of her many carefully crafted and thought-provoking films available on vimeo including The Bunker on Grief Street. filmed in an “above-ground” bunker constructed in Berlin during WW2
Ferocity tempered by ice cold analysis was the title of my blogpost covering the Goldsmiths MFA 2018 show and it came to me after viewing Robbie Howells’ work which seemed to sum up the ethos that the college instils in its students. ACG: An Overview, his hilarious parody of a corporate animation promo for a collaborative venture between artists and business is part of a wider ongoing project that critiques the phantom of the rigged world we are all in thrall to.
Puck Verkade’s trilogy Breeder is a humorous critique of patriarchal attitudes to fertility with striking archive images and recordings of medical consultations among a huge range of sources she has marshalled.