Caring for Live Art that Eludes Digital Preservation
Sherwin's 1976 performance Man with Mirror is the subject of research by Canberra based artist/academic Louise Curham, 'Caring for Live Art that Eludes Digital Preservation', presented at iPRES 2016, 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation, Bern, October 3-6, 2016.
Paper Landscape #2 at LUX London
A new version of Sherwin's performance Paper Landscape, filmed in Kyushu Japan in 2016, will be perfomed at the new LUX space in Waterlow Park, London on 29th April 2017.
Lussas Documentary Film Festival
Lussas Documnetary Film festival (France) will host a retrospective of films and performances by Guy Sherwin, curated by Federico Rossin. The work will be screened in three full programes over the course of one day and will include Short Film Series, Messages, Filter Beds, the Optical Sound Films, the performances Man with Mirror and Paper Landscape, among others. The festival runs August 20 - 26, 2017 (exact timing of schedule to be decided).
Light & Paint at Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Installation commisioned by Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Runs from 2nd March to 7 April 2017.
Light & Paint is a return to Guy Sherwin’s early practices where acrylic painting is animated by projected light. Colours in the hand-painted mural, measuring 9 metres by 3.3 metres, are affected by the changing coloured light of digital projection. You can see a time-lapse film of the installation here:
In Art We Trust
Documentary film (85 min) by Benoit Roussell (Switzerland/France) featuring works by artists including Guy Sherwin, Lawrence Weiner, Esther Ferrer and Bridget Polk will premiere at Nordisk Film Dagmar, Denmark on March 17th and at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal on March 29th.
Art Central Hong Kong
Photographic works and 16mm films by Sherwin are exhibited by Christine Park Gallery at the international art fair Art Central Hong Kong from March 21st - 25th, 2017. http://www.artlinkart.com/en/exhibition/overview/244euCpj/schedule/upcoming/all
Films screened at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Digital versions of Sherwin's 16mm films Railings and Filter Beds were screened in the programme Without Years, curated by Lynn Loo, as part of the Yebisu Festival Tokyo. Screenings on 12, 15 and 23 Feb 2017.
Paper Shadows installation in Japan
Sherwin's site specific video installation 'Paper Shadows 2016' will be exhibited at Studio Kura 22/23 and 29/30 October 2016 as a part of Itoshima International Art Festival 2016, Fukuoka, Japan.
Paper Shadows is a video installation made to replace the Shoji screens in the tatami room at Gallery/House 2. It uses two video projectors and hand-made screens. The projected images were recorded in the same space at different times of day and night. The aim is to (re)direct viewers attention to the presence of space and time and is a continuation of my previous work in this field (cf 'Staircase' Siobhan Davies 2011).
FSP 2016 at Brunel's Thames Tunnel.
Guy Sherwin's live 16mm film performance Soundtrack Augmented is part of an extensive programme of Sound and Image, organised by EAVI and CRISAP, that takes place in the Brunel Tunnel Shaft in Rotherhithe on 10th and 11th Dec 2016.
Portraits at New River Studios
Sherwin's 16mm film 'Portrait with Parents' is included in the programme Portraits, curated by Collective-iz, at New River Studios, London on 27.11.16.
Caring For Live Art That Eludes Digital Preservation
Louise Curham's paper 'Caring For Live Art That Eludes Digital Preservation' will be presented at iPRES 2016, Bern, 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation, 3-6 October. The paper discusses issues in preservation of Guy Sherwin's film performance 'Man with Mirror' (1976-2015) as re-enacted by Teaching and Learning Cinema, Sydney, Australia. http://www.ipres2016.ch/
Film Performance at Laing Art Gallery Newcastle
Guy Sherwin gave a solo performance of his film work on 17.12.16 as part of 'Circles are Slices of Spheres', an exhibition by Rosie Morris at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. The exhibition creates a meditative environment to reflect on our experiences and relationship to being in the world, here specifically drawing on the context of the Laing’s architectural gallery space and the intangible elements which define this sense of space. Sherwin’s work similarly looks at light, space and time, drawing from architecture, our environment and scrutinising the everyday.
'These films are all about relationships - between light and darkness, light and camera, camera and subject, subject and filmmaker and viewer, all at once and played out not only on the screen but also in the mysterious conjunction between the projected film and the viewer’ Andy Ditzler
Two screenings at Mono No Aware, New York
Washi # 1, Sherwin's hand-made film, made with Lynn Loo, will screen at Mono No Aware, Brooklyn, New York, on 1st Dec 2016, as part of the series (I)MAGESOUND(S) curated by Jim Hobbs. Also at Mono No Aware, on November 13th, Sherwin's film Cycles was screened in a programme of expanded cinema curated by Drew Elizabeth Bucilla.
Shoot Shoot Shoot, The First Decade of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative, 1966-76
A comprehensive anthology of writings edited by Mark Webber, published by LUX, Sept 2016. Includes interviews with Guy Sherwin and citations of his film performances and camera-less animations from the 1970s.
Soft Floor, Hard Film. Frieze 2016
Matthew Noel-Tod's documentary film, made for Frieze 2016 in celebration of 50 years of the London Film-Maker's Co-operative, includes an extract from Sherwin's film Musical Stairs 1977.
Sherwin performed his new work Hand/Shutter/#2 at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable, on Wednesday 8th June, as part of the Whitstable Biennale.
Curated by Ben Judd, the programme included works by Anthony McCall, Tony Hill and Sally Golding.
Hand/Shutter/#2 was premiered on 11th March at BFI Southbank. It is Sherwin's first hybrid performance, combining projection of a 16mm film from 1976 with live video projection, and features the artist as performer.
Messages screened at Birkbeck Symposium
Sherwin's film 'Messages' (1981-4) was screened at 'Conventions of Proximity in Art, Theatre and Performance', a one-day symposium held at Birkbeck College. London, on Friday 6th May 2016. The film shared a programme with 'Red Shift' by Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson.
At the Academy included in Tate Britain archive exhibition
The early history of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative will be documented in a display of films and ephemera in the Archive Gallery at Tate Britain (25 April to 17 July 2016), and a book will be published by LUX this autumn. The exhibition includes images from Guy Sherwin's At the Academy 1974.
The LFMC was founded in October 1966 as a non-commercial distributor of avant-garde cinema. In contrast to similar groups that emerged around the world, it grew to incorporate a distribution service, cinema space and film laboratory. Within this unique facility, filmmakers were able to control every aspect of the creative process. Many explored the material aspects of celluloid, whilst others experimented with multiple projection and performance-based ‘expanded cinema’. Despite the physical hardship of its survival, this artist-led organisation asserted the significance of British work internationally, and anticipated today’s vibrant culture of artists’ moving image.
Curated and presented by Mark Webber.
Guy Sherwin: solo programme at Close Up Cinema, London.
21 May 2016: Sound and Image.
Guy Sherwin will screen a selection of his films made for single projector and discuss some unorthodox methods and strategies of working with sound and image. All films will be shown in their original 16mm format with optical sound except for 'Notes' which was shot on Super 8mm then enlarged to 35mm. This will be the first screening in the UK of 'Notes' in this format. The transfer was made in 2011 thanks to EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam.
Contact: Festival of New Experimental Film & Video
Sherwin will perform 'Looped Leaders', his new live work for three 16mm projectors with optical sound, on Saturday May 7th at Apiary Studios, Bethnal Green London. The performance is part of Contact, a three day festival of experimental film and video curated by Andrew Vallance and Simon Payne.
Stories in the Dark – Contemporary Responses to the Magic Lantern. Whitstable Biennale at the Beaney Museum, Canterbury.
Stories in the Dark – Contemporary Responses to the Magic Lantern. Exhibition curated by Ben Judd.
The exhibition includes new work by Guy Sherwin: 'Moon LED Revolution', an installation for slide projector, clock, moving screen, LED lights.
Saturday 19th March, 9:00—17:00. Open until 19 June 2016
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, in conjunction with the Whitstable Biennale.
Works by: Jordan Baseman, Adam Chodzko, Benedict Drew, Louisa Fairclough, Dryden Goodwin, Haroon Mirza, Lindsay Seers, and Guy Sherwin
Interrupting Light: 50 Years of the LFMC at the BFI Southbank
Sherwin premiered his performance Hand/Shutter/#2 on 11th March 2016 at this LUX event celebrating 50 Years of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative. Programme curated by Annabel Nicolson with Ben Cook.
Light Cycles. Solo exhibition at Christine Park Gallery, London
Solo exhibition of Guy Sherwin's 16mm film installations.
13 Feb to 27 Feb 2016. Private View Friday 12 Feb. 7-9pm. Open Tuesday through Saturday.
Seven film installations, each centred on a single object or quality of light. Light projects onto physical surfaces - a drawing, a mirror, a suspended paper screen.
Christine Park Gallery, 35 Riding House Street, London, W1W7EA.
Our Machines at the Observer Building Hastings
Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo presented a set of performances as part of the installation/performance series 'Our Machines' organised by Louise Colbourne at the Observer Building Hastings, February 2016.
Film Performance evening at David Roberts Arts Foundation
DRAF Studio – Live Cinema, Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo
Thurs 3 Dec 2015
DRAF Studio, 6.30pm
DRAF Studio is at Symes Mews, Mornington Crescent, London NW1 7JE. Free, no booking required.
Artists Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo present a live exhibition of 16mm films adapted to the architectural space of DRAF Studio, including the three-screen Camden Road Station first filmed locally in 1973.
Celebrated since the 1970s for his work exploring time, light and sound through film and performance, Sherwin has exhibited at Tate Modern and Camden Art Centre, and with Lynn Loo at Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane and MOMCA Seoul.
Reviewed in The Quietus at http://thequietus.com/articles/19554-guy-sherwin-lynn-loo-draf
Motion in Form 2 at Slade Research Centre
Sherwin was a guest speaker and performer at Motion in Form 2, a series of workshops, seminars and installations centred on questions of analogue film. It was convened jointly by Slade School and Greenwich University, and organised by Louise Colbourne, Jim Hobbs, Jayne Parker and Melanie Counsell.
7-10 Dec 2015. Slade Research Centre, London.
Audiovisuology: a Reader
Sherwin's film Newsprint (1972) is discussed in 'Audiovisuology: a Reader' edited by Dieter Daniels and Sandra Naumann. (pub Walther König, Koln)
The 700 page compendium incudes seminal texts on the histories and theories of Audiovisual Media and Art.
Film 'Connemara' screened at symposium 'Chalk: Time, Sense and Landscape'
Sherwin's 30 minute 16mm film 'Connemara' was screened and discussed at 'Chalk: Time, Sense and Landscape' an interdisciplinary symposium exploring worlds beyond and beneath the visible. Winchester Discovery Centre, 17 10 15
Exhibition in Tokyo
Guy Sherwin's film installation 'Clock Screen' was featured in the exhibition 'Zettai no Ima' ('Absolute Now'), Atsukobarouh Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo. The exhibition is curated by Kaz and addresses the theme of time based on a text by D.T Suzuki. The exhibition ran from Sept 5th to Oct 11th 2015 and was supported by ADRI and the British Council.
Sherwin also performed his live film works at the gallery and at Plus Screening, an artist-run venue in Roppongi, the latter in collaboration with Lynn Loo. (see poster)
Text published in 'OEI # 69-70: On Film'
Sherwin describes aspects of his performative practice in 'Live Cinema: Sound and Image' published by the Swedish journal 'OEI # 69-70: On Film' (Oct 2015) pp.208-211. The journal is published in Swedish and English and runs to 496 pages.
Contact: Edges & Intervals
Sherwin's video/painting installation 'Painted Screen' 2013 (1970) is included in the exhibition 'Contact: Edges & Intervals' at Apiary Studios, Bethnal Green, London from 10 to 11 October 2015. The exhibition is curated by Simon Payne, Gareth Polmeer and Andrew Valence. Further details at : www.contactscreenings.co.uk
Negative Light at Microscope Gallery, New York.
Sherwin's film performance for two projectors 'Cycles #3' was screen in the programme 'Negative Light' at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, New York on October 26th 2015. The work was performed by Simon Payne and Neil Henderson, curators of the exhibition.
Performances at L'Age d'Or Festival Brussels
Guy Sherwin's film and performances are featured in the festival L'Age d'Or which runs from 8-14 October 2015 at the Cinematek Brussels. Sherwin will perform his 1970's works Paper Landscape and Man with Mirror along with more recent collaborative performances with Lynn Loo in three programmes devoted to his work.
'Messages' screens at Flaherty Seminar New York.
Guy Sherwin's 34 minute 16mm film 'Messages' (1981-3) was screened at the Flaherty seminar in New York, October 2015. Curated by the award winning writer Sukhdev Sandhu, the programme 'The Infinite Child' celebrates the enduring and liberating spirit of childhood. http://flahertyseminar.org
The event was reviewed in Brooklyn Rail by Daniel Walber: http://brooklynrail.org/2015/11/film/hello-to-language
Poetry Film Parallax at the ICA
Two films by Guy Sherwin, 'Breathing', and 'Eye', both from his recently published Short Film Series (1975-2014) are included in the programme Poetry Film Parallax at the ICA on 16th August 2015.
Films by Guy Sherwin exhibited at Museum Tinguely, Basel.
Two film works by Guy Sherwin are included in the exhibition 'Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd' which runs from 10th June to 6th September 2015 at Museum Tinguely, Basel.
The 16mm film Cycles (1972/77) is included in the work An_Infinato (2009), and Railings (1977) is included in the work Soundspill (2009/2015); both works by the artist Haroon Mirza whose practice involves collaboration with other artists in the production of his own work.
The 400 page exhibition catalogue Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd (2015) is published by Snoeck for Museum Tinguely.
Short Film Series reviewed in Frieze Blog
Juliet Jacques has published a review of Guy Sherwin's 'Short Film Series 1975-2014' in Frieze Blog. The DVD of the work was published by LUX in 2014 and comprises 34 black & white silent films.
Guy Sherwin / Lynn Loo performances in Mexico City
Film performance, film workshop and artist talk at El Nicho #5 Music Festival, May 2015
Festival El Nicho #5
Mexico City Various venues, Mexico
13|05|2015 – 17|05|2015
Fifth edition of the Mexican music festival with concerts, screenings, workshops and performances of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise, Eliane Radigue’s OCCAM, plus Tony Buck, Magda Mayas, Angharad Davies, David Stackenäs, Diego Espinosa, Keith Rowe, Charles Curtis, Francisco Lopez, Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo, Rogelio Sosa and more. Mexico City various venues, 13–17 May.
above photo: performing Wires, for three 16mm projectors, at Laboratorio Arte Alameda.
below photo: workshop in hand-made 16mm film at Centro de Cultural Digital.
Guy Sherwin performs Paper Landscape at Tate Britain
Clore Gallery Auditorium 15 June 2015
As part of an evening event to mark the launch of a new book by Cate Elwes 'Installation and the Moving Image' (Wallflower Press, 2015) Guy Sherwin performed Paper Landscape 1975/2015, a work for Super 8 film, transparent screen, white paint and performer.
Sherwin also collaborated on the presentation of Washi #2 (2014), Lynn Loo's film performance for two 16mm projectors and optical sound.
Along with artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) Elwes discussed the tensions between the illusory world of the moving image and the real time and space of the viewer.
Guy Sherwin / Lynn Loo live performances in Strasbourg
film performance events 25/26 May 2015
At the invitation of Burstscratch Strasbourg, Guy Sherwin / Lynn Loo performed two separate programmes of Live Cinema, one programme at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Strasbourg and the other at Le Hall des Chars.
Guy Sherwin / Lynn Loo. Live Cinema event at Alchemy Festival, Hawick, Scotland
Hawick Town Hall, Scotland, 17 April 2015
Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo/United Kingdom/2015/01:00:00/Scottish Premiere
Guy Sherwin & Lynn Loo have been collaborating on performances of live cinema since 2005. They explore projection as live event using several projectors, often shifting image-size, focus or position during projection. Hand-made and photographed optical sounds (on film) are also mixed live during performance. Sometimes they collaborate with musicians to perform their works – and overall the direction of the work is to bring live 16mm film closer to the condition of music, with its ease of performance and connection between players. Their performances create a clear distinction from the smooth predictability of DV projection and embrace film as material and projection as process – with all the glitchy images and sounds that film produces – the rough edges, the mechanical irregularities, the flare outs.
Works in this programme include:
Man with Mirror. Guy Sherwin 1976/2015. 9 min. Performance for super 8 film and hand-held mirrored screen.
Washi #2 Lynn Loo / Guy Sherwin. 2014. 12 min.Projector performance for 2x 16mm film projectors. This work is inspired by Mary Martin’s “Drawings for Expanding Permutation, 1969″. The film uses various patterns and colours of Washi tape adhered onto 16mm clear film. Multiple black and white film prints are made and presented on two projectors. The sound is produced from printed through lines patterns on the soundtrack side of the film. In addition, photo-resistor microphones are used.
Autumn Fog. Lynn Loo 2010. 12 min. Performance for two 16mm projectors. Silent
Cycles #3. Guy Sherwin 1972/2003. 8 min. Performance for two 16mm projectors with optical sound.
Short Film Series screening at CLOSE UP
Cinema and Library, Shoreditch London, 2 April 2015
As part of our FREE Teaser Screening series taking place in our library, we're delighted to present Guy Sherwin's Short Film Series. You - the audience - will choose the film from the Series and Guy Sherwin will discuss each of them afterwards!
Thursday 2 April 9pm
Short Film Series
1975-2014 | B/W | 3 min each | DV
This ongoing and incredibly diverse series examines themes of Landscape, Auto-Biography, Portraiture and act as exquisite, controlled studies of light as well as demonstrations of a wide range of filming techniques. An enduring concern with the subtle relationship between two fundamental elements of film, time and light underlies his work and Sherwin brings his subject matter into conjunction with a particular filming procedure and allows them to feed off each other with a beautiful playfulness and formal rigour.
Guy Sherwin / Lynn Loo performance at Apiary Studios London
Performance of Rem-Jet Loops 2015, projector performance for three 16mm projectors, optical sound and radio.
Apiary Studios, Bethnal Green, 6 Feb 2015.
Part of a performance evening organised by Collectiv-iz.
GUY SHERWIN - Senior Lecturer in Animation, Middlesex University.
Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s before becoming involved with the radical film practice of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative (now LUX) where he taught printing and processing during the mid-'70s. His films investigate fundamental qualities of cinema such as light and time, and often use serial forms or live elements to extend its possibilities. The unique, elusive qualities of analogue film are explored through experiments with sound, image and film in live performance.
Recent works, made in collaboration with artist Lynn Loo, include performances of Live Cinema that utilise multiple projectors and optical sound (sounds made from light) in conjunction with improvised music. These have toured to Europe, USA, Asia, and Australia and have often involved collaborations with musicians. These include Kaffe Matthews, Angharad Davies (Cranc), Wilkinson/Noble/Edwards trio, Sarah Washington/Knut Aufermann, Mario Gabola (Aspec(t)). To give an insight into this ephemeral aspect of his work Guy has written Notes on the Film Performances for the website This Long Century.
Sherwin's films for single screen have been included in major surveys of artists’ film: ‘Film as Film’ Hayward Gallery 1979, ‘Live in Your Head’ Whitechapel Gallery 2000, Shoot Shoot Shoot Tate Modern 2002, ‘A Century of Artists’ Film & Video’ Tate Britain 2003/4; also shown on BBC2, Channel 4 and Arte TV France. Recent performances include Performa Biennale, New York 2013; Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul South Korea 2014; ICA London 2014, Latitude Festival Suffolk 2014. His films are in the collections of Tate Gallery, Cinematheque Francaise, BFI London, British Council, National Library of Australia, LightCone Paris, Canyon Cinema San Francisco and the British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection. EYE Institute Amsterdam holds many of the 16mm archive masters.
Sherwin was guest curator for Camden Arts Centre of Film in Space, a gallery exhibition of expanded cinema that ran from Dec 2012 to Feb 2013.
The artists' film agency LUX (London) has published three DVD/book collections of his work: Short Film Series 1975-2014 (2014), Messages (2010), Optical Sound Films 1971-2007 (2007). See Tim Cawkwell's reviews of Short Film Series and Optical Sound Films c/w Messages. An illustrated interview with Sherwin about his image/sound work was made in 2014 for the website Screamstation. Several articles on Sherwin's work have been published in Spanish in the journal Lumiere #7 (2014).
Guy lives in Hackney, London. He also teaches fine art at the University of Wolverhampton and has run classes in artist film production at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Further information on his work is on the Luxonline website.
Guy Sherwin: Notes on the Film Performances
This Long Century
In order to clarify his working practice as a performer of Live Cinema, Guy Sherwin has written 'Notes on the Film Performances' for the website 'This Long Century'
Sherwin discusses some of the logistical and serendipitous aspects of presenting 16mm film in live performance through a series of illustrated examples.
Live Performance programme ‘Caught in the Light’ Holy Trinity Church, Berwick Upon Tweed, Media Arts Festival September 2010
DVD publication ‘The Train Films 1973-2011’ in production, to be published by LUX 2015/6
4 screen DV ‘Camden Road Station’ commisioned by Atopia Oslo for the Vitrine series (gallery window installations) winter 2010/2011.
16mm film works selected for Nederlands Filmmuseum Archive Amsterdam.
Film sequence ‘Shadow Explorer’ commisioned as inset for a feature film set in Armenia HERE by Braden King, Truckstop Media USA, release date 2011
Five film performance evenings in collaboration with Lynn Loo, Guling Avant-Garde Theatre Taipei Taiwan 2009.
‘Live Cinema’ performance programme, Image Forum Tokyo 2009
Exhibition in Tokyo
Guy Sherwin wil present his installation 'Clock Screen' in Atsukobarouh Gallery Tokyo from September 5th to October 10th 2015. The exhibition, title 'Jikan Towa' is curated by Kaz Takahabate on the theme of time as derived from a text by D.T. Suzuki. The exhibition is supported by ADRI and the British Council.
Sherwin will also perform his live film works at the gallery and, in collaboration with Lynn Loo, in an artist-run venue in Roppongi Tokyo. (see poster)
More information about Guy Sherwin
Three DVD/book collections of his work have been published by LUX:
Guy Sherwin: Short Film Series 1975-2014 pub. 2010 http://www.lux.org.uk/shop/products/dvds/short-film-series-1975-2014-guy-sherwin
‘Guy Sherwin: Optical Sound Films 1971-2007’ pub.2007 http://shop.lux.org.uk/index.php/optical-sound-films-1971-2007.html
‘Messages’ pub. 2010. http://www.lux.org.uk/news/new-lux-dvd-messages-guy-sherwin
Documentation of the following performances can be viewed at: Paper Landscape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6RZi_Nzyho Man with Mirror: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXD7UMlAixg Cycles #3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5dPjmmp0uk
Further information at http://www.luxonline.org.uk/artists/guy_sherwin/index.html. This site contains moving and still images, critical texts and interviews.