In an age of colossal image over-production, where the visual, the communicating vessel of our times, exists as a kind of permanent, accumulating weather front pressing on daily experience, new making comes loaded. How does one balance the perennial desire for self-expression with the need for viable circulation, distinctive reception in a super-saturated environment? These concerns are only heightened by the extreme conditions of recent months, whether the pandemic's persistent sprawl or the undeniable confirmation of profound imbalance in the justice and equality of race and class experience. Animators are often trivialised as being psychologically predisposed to a kind of willed, voluntary lockdown - solitary, patient, obsessively focused, removed - but it is perhaps these very qualities that help them both to endure the precarity of our moment and to respond in ways that might be useful, pertinent. They can dwell, through the lens of that distinction, on relations - with self, others, the social and natural worlds. This selection of works (completed during this period and whose viewing is productively informed by the current crises) focuses on individuals, and their complex relationship with often challenging structures – familial or not – to consider and embody these concerns.
Gareth Evans is a London-based writer, editor, film and event producer and Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator. He hosts the LRB Screen at Home programme, curates for Forum of the Future Porto, Whitstable Biennale, Estuary, First Light, Flipside and Swedenborg Film Festivals. He commissioned and co-produced the essay film Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee, World Without End (Jem Cohen) and Things (Ben Rivers). He executive-produced Erase and Forget (Andrea Luka Zimmerman), Unseen (Dryden Goodwin), By Our Selves (Andrew Kotting) and In Time: an Archive Life (Lasse Johansson). He has conceived and curated numerous film and event seasons across the UK including Utopia 2016 (Somerset House), Place (Aldeburgh Music), ‘John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet’, ‘All Power to the Imagination! 1968 & its Legacies’, and the first series devoted to Armenian cinema, Gypsy films, J.G.Ballard and Paul Celan. He edited the international moving image magazine Vertigo and now co-edits for House Sparrow Press, publishing original titles by John Berger and Anne Michaels. He has written numerous catalogue essays and articles on artists’ moving image. He is a regular visiting mentor for the RCA’s Moving Image Pathway.