Location: Mascara Bar
Thursday 11 November 2021

Mascara Film Club is beyond excited to be back with our first in person screening since February 2020.

Presenting four artist films drawing inspiration from the vernacular of pop music cultures to explore subjects ranging from machine intelligence, class, gender and memory, as well as personal and pop cultural mythology.

Algo-Rhythm (Manu Luksch, 2019) was shot in Dakar with the participation of leading Senegalese musicians, and probes the insidious but comprehensive threats to human agency posed by the rise of the quantification and algorithmic management of daily life. In In The Air Tonight (Andrew Norman Wilson, 2020) an urban legend about the Phil Collins hit induces an uncanny trip through 1980s LA. Dream English Kid 1964 – 1999 AD (Mark Leckey, 2015) presents a collage of what the Leckey calls “found memories” after he discovered a recording on YouTube of a Joy Division concert he attended as a teenager and realised that many of our past intimate memories are online. Very Important Trans Artwork, (Maz Murray, 2020) follows a trans person returning home to Basildon, Essex, at the start of a pandemic.
  • Algo-Rhythm, Manu Luksch, 2019 (14 mins)
  • In The Air Tonight, Andrew Norman Wilson, 2020, (12 mins)
  • Dream English Kid 1964 – 1999 AD, Mark Leckey, 2015 (23 mins)
  • Important Trans Artwork, Maz Murray, 2020 (8 mins)

︎ Joanna McClurg

Location: online

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of two videos, Black Mountain (2020) and Viva Palestine Viva Ireland (2020), by artist Joanna McClurg. This double screening looks at the personal and local histories of Belfast’s Black Mountain. While officially only a hill, Black Mountain boasts the highest point in greater Belfast. It has served as a burial ground for ancient Irish kings, the source of rivers that fuelled the linen industry, propelling Belfast from provincial town to linchpin of the British Empire, and, perhaps most controversially, a major operational base of the British Army.

Black Mountain follows 86 year-old Victor who walks almost 10 miles every day with someone else’s dog. During these walks he reminisces. Zig-zagging across the mountain and between memories, he reveals his unconventional view of the world.

Viva Palestine Viva Ireland is a found footage film documenting the Irish republican collective Gael Force Art, known for adorning the hillside with political slogans made from white, fabric letters. The group assert a message of solidarity between Ireland and Palestine, drawing parallels between their entangled histories of dispossession, colonialism and state violence. Viva Palestine Viva Ireland considers the political, material and poetic aspects of the group’s work and attempts to formulate a reply to their usually declarative or imperative ‘bedsheet statements.’

16 September – 13 October 2021

  • Black Mountain, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 46 mins
  • Viva Palestine Viva Ireland, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 8 mins

︎ John Smith

Location: Online
6 August – 1 September

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of A State of Grace, 2019 by John Smith.

Enigmatic diagrams and the artist’s poor hearing on a flight to Ireland trigger a radical interpretation of the airline’s safety instructions.

Duration: 3 mins
Artist website: www.johnsmithfilms.com/
Access info: Closed captions are available in English.
Close up illustration from an airline fligh safety catelogue depicting a person putting on a yellow life jacket. Red arrows indicate the required movements.

A State of Grace, John Smith, 2019

︎ Lou Lou Sainsbury

Location: Online
27 May - 26 June

my hole is the place where i call myself a mother, Lou Lou Sainsbury, 2020

So where do you wanna go tonight?

By the time I am 60 I know that I will have learn’t how to listen to the voices in the holes of the trees,

Because there are holes in the trees in my bedroom in space, don’t you know?

@ursulauwe (Marie) and @_sarjon_ (Sarjon)

Duration: 21 mins

Artist website: www.loulousainsbury.com

︎ Roland Carline

Location: Online
27 April – 26 May

Deptford Freestylers, Roland Carline, 2020

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of Deptford Freestylers (2020) a film by Roland Carline with the inclusive dance group Deptford Freestylers.

“This film was made on 12 November 2019 the eve of the UK general election. We were very happy to be together and as soon as we left each other on this night everything went to shit.  We meet every Tuesday in South London.  Come and find us and hang out/ freestyle with us anytime. You can contact us on insta @deptford_freestylers.”

– Roland

Duration: 9 mins

Access Information

The audio has open captions in English.

London, UK