Featured project: Five Projectors in a Room

Photograph of an image projected onto a brick wall.

We held a doctoral symposium entitled ‘Writing Histories of the Moving Image’. In response to the event, second-year MRes Art: Moving Image students Alexandra Anikina, Carly Whitefield and Sandra Wroe curated an installation.

‘Five Projectors in a Room (To Say Nothing of Moving Image Histories)’ presented five artists’ approaches to lost, destroyed or contaminated archive records. The film and video works projected in this installation explored which elements of history can and cannot be reconstructed.

John Latham’s Erth (1971) showed accelerating glimpses of Earth. Hito Steyerl’sJournal No. 1 – An Artist’s Impression (2007) reimagined a newsreel lost in the 1992 Bosnian war. Jane and Louise Wilson’s The Toxic Camera (2012) told the story of radiation-laden footage from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Europa Collage was a tape-slide reconstruction of work by Polish avant-garde filmmakers Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, made by London Film-maker’s Co-operative in the 1980s. Also taking inspiration from the Themersons, Bruce Checefsky’s Pharmacy (2001) re-performed their innovative ‘moving photogram’ experiment.