Gail Pickering’s exhibition Mirror Speech focused on a pioneering social experiment in community television that ended in a climate of widespread distrust about its political objectives - its participants disputed the image they had once collectively produced.
The last remaining recordings of their live broadcasts provide a space for the artist to address the subjectivity of the televisual image itself. In fictionalising the literal cuts or interruptions of the historical material, Pickering explores ideas of mimicry, multiplicity and temporality. In her first major solo exhibition in the UK, Pickering presented an immersive installation, where sound and image reverberate across the gallery spaces.
GAIL PICKERING: SHE WAS A VISITOR PERFORMANCE Sunday 11 January 2015 / 15.00 – 17.40 Level 3 Gallery / BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art / FREE
She Was a Visitor A closing exhibition live performance. This performance is supported by Goldsmiths University.
To coincide with the exhibition, BALTIC and the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media at Newcastle University presented a series of film screenings exploring French society, politics and representation in the 1960s and 1970s. The screenings took place at Side Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Friday 9 January 2015 / 19.30 / £5.00 À BIENTÔT, J'ESPÈRE (Marker 1968, 45mins.) and PUISQU'ON VOUS DIT QUE C'EST POSSIBLE (Marker 1973, 45 mins) Both films included English subtitles. Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Prof. Max Silverman (Leeds University).
Friday 19 December 2014 / 19.30 / £5.00 TOUT VA BIEN (Godard 1972, 90 mins.) English subtitles Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Dr. Steve Cannon (Sunderland University). There was also the opportunity to discuss your reaction to the film after the screening.
Friday 28 November 2014 / 19.30 / £5.00 CAMARADES (Karmitz 1970, 80 mins.) English subtitles Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Dr. Mani Sharpe (Newcastle University). There was also the opportunity to discuss your reaction to the film after the screening.
The work Near Real Time was commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network with funding from Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust and Goldsmiths, University of London. With thanks to the Collections Archives Departmentales De L’Isère, Christian Bailly and Rewind Resources.