Tuesday, 12 August 2014

From The Ground To The Stars (Lost In Bosnia) in Sarajevo

Mr Cole has contributed the opening segment of a new omnibus movie made by the extended family of Béla Tarr's film.factory academy: Lost In Bosnia.

The movie was shot entirely on portable electronic devices and on the theme of filmmaking, with particular regard to the various creative and existential ponderings of film.factory's students and faculty. Mr Cole's short, From The Ground To The Stars, was made with the specific challenge: feature film.factory as a character. Like the other contributors, he was given 7 days to make his short and told to keep the project a secret from his peers.

Lost In Bosnia will premiere at the 20th Sarajevo Film Festival this weekend.

EVENT: Lost In Bosnia
PROGRAM: BH Film
WHERE: Multiplex Cinema City - Hall #5, Maršala Tita 26, Sarajevo BiH
WHEN: Sunday, 17th August 2014, 16.45
COST: 4KM (book online)
NOTES: Facebook event


Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2014, 95 min.

Directors: Graeme Cole, Kaori Oda, Manel Raga Raga, Namsuk Kim, Aleksandra Niemczyk, Grant Gulczynski, Fernando Nogari, Patrick Marshall, Sunčica Fradelić, Thierry Garrel, Ghazi Alqudcy

Producers: Ghazi Alqudcy, Grant Gulczynski 




Wednesday, 7 May 2014

'Selfie w/ test card' in Frankfurt

Graeme Cole's videowork Selfie w/ test card will be installed as part of VKunst's exhibition Mon Amie, L'Image in Frankfurt this weekend.

WHERE: Affentor / Fahrgasse 23, Frankfurt, Germany 
WHEN: 9th-10th May 2014
COST: FREE




"We live in pictures. They are a part of every life, and everyone has built his or her personal relationship with them. In visual art, reality and fiction become pictorial. The artist's results are manifold and direct. The picture in itself can be both friend and enemy. It is part of the family and of life. This is particularly true in the artist's view and phantasy. The artists work with the pictures in their heads every day, in nature, on the wall in front of their eyes. Friendships and relationships form. If one separates from one's work, the putative friendship lasts. To a friend one may say everything, ask him everything, love and hate him; he can be beautiful or ugly, boring or exciting. Which friend do I prefer to be seen with and which friendship is too intimate for public disclosure, or are there no boundaries at all?

"mon amie - l'image" is this year's title of vkunstfrankfurt. It is in its nature (in the nature of the case) that art is primarily a visual experience for the viewer. With this in mind, the curators of vkunstfrankfurt, Christoph von Löw and Andreas Greulich, let themselves be guided in their concept of the sensuous-pictorial aspect of video art. What meaning may the image have for the video artist? Is it just an end in itself and appearances? Is the aesthetic deliberately negated, and the improvised, i.e. the non-professional, emphasized? What does the examination of the picture of our time place emphasis on? It is the task of vkunstfrankfurt 2014 to investigate this."

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Pilot For A 22nd Century Sitcom in Liverpool


WHERE: FACT (Atrium), 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
WHEN: 27th March to 22nd June, 2014
COST: Free
NOTES: "Explore how our relationship with technology has blurred the lines between the real and the virtual; making our everyday lives feel increasingly like science fiction. Artists including James Bridle, Jon Rafman, Mark Leckey, Larissa Sansour and Ryan Trecartin, plus award-winning science fiction author China Miéville will present works which explore how technology is creating new ways of living (and dying), of fashioning identities and the growth of cult-like communities. Presented as part of the FutureEverything Festival"


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Snapshots from an alienated revolutionary

As regular readers of this blog will know, if there's a riot going on - I'm usually not far away

While I do not feel qualified to participate in the Bosnian revolution (despite a local associate's rousing call to "occu-fucking-py!" as he drove us drunkenly through the winding roads of Republica Srpska at 80mph last night), I was certainly able to fulfil my duties as a wide-eyed westerner with a camera-phone as Sarajevo enjoyed its collective hangover today, and to reflect on a city reflecting on itself.

Ladies discussing the burned-out cars.
 Ladies discussing the burned-out cars.
A police man poses for a snapshot.
 A police man poses for a snapshot.
The same lady photographing the gutted Presidency building.
 The same lady photographing the gutted Presidency building.
Video interview for TV probably. Everybody is taking photos or videos today.
 Video interview for TV probably. Everybody is taking photos or videos today.
This man favours an iPad.
 This man favours an iPad.
I bet he's glad he rides a bike. In the background, more people take photos.
 I bet he's glad he rides a bike. In the background, more people take photos.
Lady photographing a fire engine.
 Lady photographing a fire engine.
The rioters' comment on state-owned cars and interiors.
 The rioters' comment on state-owned cars and interiors.
This man is taking a photo of a woman taking a photo. What a vulture!
 This man is taking a photo of a woman taking a photo. What a vulture!
Man.
 Man.
This was a popular spot for taking photos.
 This was a popular spot for taking photos.
Two eager photographers.
Two eager photographers.
An intrepid photographer holds back til iPhone Lady can get her shot.
An intrepid photographer holds back til iPhone Lady can get her shot.
A policeman returns from his lunch-break as a cyclist stops for a snap.
 A policeman returns from his lunch-break as a cyclist stops for a snap.
This dog was the only one brave enough to go down to the river. I saw him trying to eat some paperwork that had fallen out of the burned car.
 This dog was the only one brave enough to go down to the river. I saw him trying to eat some paperwork that had fallen out of the burned car.
The dog drew a crowd.
The dog drew a crowd.
Policeman trailing a ribbon.
 Policeman trailing a ribbon.
Moments later he was cordoning off an area.
 Moments later he was cordoning off an area.
This photographer is certain they'll publish his photo.
 This photographer is certain they'll publish his photo.
Getting a better angle.
 Getting a better angle.
Man taking a photo while his friend waits.
 Man taking a photo while his friend waits.
Hipster taking a photo.
 Hipster taking a photo.
The hipster makes way so this lady can get her photo.
 The hipster makes way so this lady can get her photo.
Low angle.
 Low angle.
This photographer has got himself in a tangle. Also, he is missing the obvious pun on the vending machine.
This photographer has got himself in a tangle. Also, he is missing the obvious pun on the vending machine.
One for the family album.
 One for the family album.
I wonder what he's thinking now!
I wonder what he's thinking now!

As I finished this post, news broke of a letter of demands published by the protesters.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Away In A Sand Dune: free UNIVERSAL EAR ebook

"Hour for hour, I spend more time on the brink of death than I do on the toilet."

The script of the UNIVERSAL EAR Christmas special Away In A Sand Dune is now available to download as a free ebook.

In this stage adaptation of a classic chapter from Harley Byrne’s memoirs, our hero takes a holiday from work but crash-lands on a tropical island on Christmas Eve. The natives’ carols sound oddly familiar, but when Byrne interferes, the island’s corrupt king condemns him to be eaten to death.

Of interest, perhaps, to those looking for a 'comedy' play to produce next Christmas. Do get in touch.

Below, the trailer, and Elly Strigner's fine cover art.


Elly Strigner Away In A Sand Dune cover

Monday, 18 November 2013

untitled (Yma Sumac waiting) screening in Manchester

Mr Cole's video untitled (Yma Sumac waiting) will play at Blank Media Collective's Title Art Prize 2013 Awards and Video Jam Event this Friday.

EVENT: Video Jam
WHERE: BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester M15 6AW
WHEN: 22nd November 2013, 18.00
COST: Free
NOTES: Live musical accompaniment by an undisclosed act. A blind collaboration. Wine, mulled cider and art.