Library meeting rooms become video art gallery for a day

11:00-18:00 Thursday 12th October 2017

The Bewick Rooms, City Community & Information Hub and Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AX


Bounce [Robert Laycock | 2012/13 | 19 mins]

Bounce documents a year in the life of a trampoline. We witness the sheer unadulterated joy derived from the simple act of bouncing and playing and are invited to participate…

Fire in Byker [Julianne Monroe | 2011 | 10 mins]

Fire in Byker documents the fire at Hoults Yard in May 2011, filmed in a single continuous shot from the artist’s living room window. The soundtrack has the usual sounds of Byker (dogs barking) and in the background the sound of fire trucks arriving on scene as the drama of the fire unfolds. At the time it wasn’t clear what was on fire. The fire – which created an unusual afternoon spectacle in Byker lasting several hours – destroyed a junkyard. At times the summer sky is overcast by clouds of thick black smoke, mesmerising to watch. The view looks westward to the riverside where the sun bounces off the roof of the Sage building.


Lake Swim [Laycock | 2009 | 25 mins]

Lake Swim is part of a series exploring identity and the process of identity formation (the development of the distinct personality) and the idea of the self-concept (the way in which one perceives oneself). In July 2009 the artist attempted to swim Lake Coniston - at five and a half miles long, and around 180 feet deep - the third largest lake in the Lake District. The video work documents this micro feat of personal endeavour.

Camera: Chris Taylor, James McAleer, Colin Dilks. Sound: Toby Lowe. Boat crew: Paul Summers, Colin Dilks, Alan Wilkinson. Editing support: Superkrush. Funded by Arts Council England.



Asleep At The Tall Trees [Monroe | 2009 | 34 mins]

Filmed in New York in 2008, this film has five Brooklyn and two Manhattan locations and combines subtitled text from a fictional narrative that the artist worked on for over a year. Subtitling has been used to create additional meanings and to say particular things giving the finished work a distinctive narrative feel. The film was produced with grant support from Arts Council England, North East and a significant pooling of resources. Laura Mazzorana, a sculptor living in Brooklyn, provided accommodation for the whole crew. Guy Grillo – a Brooklyn native, and former paramedic – drove for one section of filming. The intention of the work is to present the viewer with questions like: ‘Who are these people?’ and ‘how are they related to each other?’ and ‘who is the narrator?’ and ‘how do the subtitles relate to the moving image?’


Down Time [2011 | Laycock | 7 mins]

The film is constructed in static shots of a fixed duration with each passage describing one of two places, the narrative structure delineated by time of day and location. The first location is a holiday cottage where the artist has captured barely perceptible shifts in the physical/emotional nature of different parts of the house when lights are switched off and the other occupants are sleeping. In this part of the film the imagery is harder to read in spaces that are at times completely dark and the sound is equally muted. Although the work represents a departure from previous work in the way it was conceived, the artist continues to produce documents with varying degrees of public/private engagement and challenges the viewer to consider the subtleties of meaning implicit in the work.

Editing support: Kate Sweeney.


Downtime [2012 | Monroe | 7.5 mins]

This film takes place in a restaurant and on the streets of Murcia in Southern Spain against the backdrop of the 2011 Holy Week processions. Shot in the evenings and at night, the artist focuses on the sounds that can be heard all over the city like the noise of a distant brass band marching in the street. The film follows the progress of people in the crowds gathering to watch the processions. In the restaurant not much happens. People arrive. People leave. The sound track is punctuated by the banging sound that symbolises when the paso is about to stop and start. The artist is often watching other people in their day-to-day activity, whether the watching takes place closer to home or away from home.