Thursday 1st February: Cinenova Now Showing Holly Antrum

For the first Cinenova Now Showing of 2018, artist-filmmaker Holly Antrum has chosen to show films from the Cinenova collection alongside her own work, EIDOLON, 2017, 17.30 min.

Holly Antrum (b. London 1983) is an artist filmmaker based in London, and a current work-live participant of the Programme 5 residency at the Acme Fire Station in Bow. She earned her Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London (2011), and her BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art, London (2005). Through her work on 16mm, on paper and digital mediums, she is interested in the arrival of our accustomisation to celluloid-as-digital-material at once archived, and removed from the original and native aesthetic. This extends to the poetics connecting layered film processes, presence, communication and templates of speech, memory and in-situ sound. Catalogue, a 19-minute work on Super16mm-HD (2012-14) has received solo gallery installations: Catalogue at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2016) and A Diffuse Citizen at Grand Union, Birmingham (2014). The film was the focus of an edition of the Flat Time House / Electra curated events series Someone else can clean up this mess at Flat Time House in 2014. Her work has had international screenings since 2012 including Flatness curated by Shama Khanna at Microscope, Brooklyn (2015). A new HD 17-minute film commissioned by International Literature Showcase has yet to be shown publicly, EIDOLON (2017).

Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection.

Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women. Each was formed in the early 1980s in response to the lack of recognition of women in the history of the moving image. Both organisations, although initially self-organised and unfunded, aimed to provide the means to support the production and distribution of women’s work in this area, and played critical roles in the creation of an independent and radical media.

Cinenova currently distributes over 500 titles that include experimental film, narrative feature films, artists’ film and video, documentary and educational videos made from 1912 to 2001. Cinenova holds a large collection of paper materials, books and posters related to works it distributes, and the history and politics of film and video production. The thematics in the work at Cinenova include oppositional histories, postcolonial struggles, domestic and care work, representation of gender and sexuality, and importantly, the relations and alliances between these different struggles.

Cinenova is a collectively organised volunteer led organisation.