We here at Because love a bit of artists' film and video (thanks, in no small part, to our wonderfully innovative sister company, tank.tv). So, to see one of the Big Four English film and video companies putting together the UK's first Biennial of Moving Images sends us into a little bit of a tizzy.
LUX have been a major part of the English moving image sector since their formation from the old London Filmmakers' Co-op. Always ambitious, they have partnered this year with the ICA to create this inaugural film and video festival. Comprising of talks, seminars, workshops, screenings, performancea and an art school, this long weekend is filled with the great and the good of moving image artists, writers and curators. They announced their opening last night with the film & DJ night, Little Stabs at Happiness: Here are two institutions who love to Make Art Fun.
To look forward to this weekend we have names including Rosa Barba, Light Industry, Michelle Cotton, Elena Filipovic, Martha Kirszenbaum, Ben Rivers, Mark Webber, and no less than three (count 'em) writers-in-residence, live writing under the auspicious aegis of Isla Leaver-Yap. A biennial is an incredibly difficult thing to sustain, but on the evidence of this outing not only do we have a great shot of seeing the two Grand Dame organisations together again in two years' time but also fitter, stronger and bigger.
LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images is at the ICA until Sunday 27 May