Birds Eye View: Past, Present and Future
Canary Wharf Screen / Art on The Underground
About the Season
It is with much pleasure that we announce a new collaboration with Art on the Underground; a curated season of films called Birds Eye View: Past, Present Future to be shown on Canary Wharf Screen from 21 May -17 August.
This site specific season aims to spotlight the diverse talents of women filmmakers, in a programme that explores the different ways of using film to engage with the space of Canary Wharf Screen.
The season is divided into three distinct phases: past, present and future. We are delighted that the centenary of pioneering animator Joy Batchelor (1914 – 1991), whose works include her seminal 1954 animation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, is to be celebrated in Part 1: Past. The four works to be presented are: The Five (1970), Modern Guide to Health (1946), Your Very Good Health (1948) and Farmer Charley (1949). Batchelor’s stylistic range, quick wit and humour come to light in this series of 1940s and 1970s public-service animations about health and city life – words of wisdom that are still relevant today, finding new meaning in the public space of the London Underground. Each will be projected on a large screen in the concourse of Canary Wharf Underground station.
The season will continue throughout the summer with works from Yasmin Fedda, Oonagh Kearney, Tali Yankelevich and Eva Weber from 19 June – 16 July 2014, a quartet of contemporary observations on the world around us in Part 2 of the programme: Present. From the rhythmic motions of an Edinburgh bakery, to the relationship between a mother and her daughters, we move onto the world of ballerinas as seen by the men who make their shoes, finishing with a glimpse of London through the eyes of the crane drivers who spend their days high above the city. In Part 3: Future, running 17 July – 17 August 2014, filmmakers Anna Cady, Lucy Harris, Elizabeth Hobbs and Katharina Gruzei look to the future and explore new approaches to film. Whether through animation, painting, story telling or sound, these films explore ideas about empowerment, the workplace and the reinterpretation of space.
Birds Eye View: Past, Present and Future is a collaboration been Art on the Underground and Birds Eye View.
Rebecca Heald, Curator for Art on the Underground, said:
“This collaboration with Birds Eye View Film Festival is the latest in a series of fantastic collaborations Art on the Underground has had with many of the UK’s leading moving image organisations. It’s great to be showing such great work by female directors on one of London’s biggest outdoor projection screens.”
Elhum Shakerifar, Program Manager for Birds Eye View, said:
“At Birds Eye View, we are delighted to have this opportunity to spotlight the work of these outstanding women directors on an iconic London screen, and to weave their fascinating visions into the fabric of the city.”
A Closer Look at The Season
Part 1: Past
21 May – 18 June 2014
Joy Batchelor, The Five, 1970
Joy Batchelor, Modern Guide To Health, 1946
Joy Batchelor, Your Very Good Health, 1948
Joy Batchelor, Farmer Charley, 1949
Part 2: Present
19 June – 16 July 2014
Yasmin Fedda, Breadmakers, 2007
Oonagh Kearney, Her Mother’s Daughters, 2010
Tali Yankelevich, The Perfect Fit, 2011
Eva Webber, The Solitary Life of Cranes, 2008
Part 3: Future
17 July – 17 August 2014
Anna Cady, 30%, Women and Politics in Sierra Leone, 2012
Lucy Harris, Crossing Points, 2012
Elizabeth Hobbs, Imperial Provisor Frombald, 2013
Katherina Gruzei, workers leaving the factory (again), 2012
About our collaborators
Canary Wharf Screen
Canary Wharf Screen is an innovative screening programme initiated by Art on the Underground. Presented at Canary Wharf station on one of the capital’s largest public projection screens, this exciting new seasonal programme presents leading contemporary and historical artists’ moving-image works to customers, staff and visitors free of charge. Since beginning, the screen has been programmed in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, Animate Projects, LUX and British Film Institute (BFI), the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Film London’s FLAMIN, some of the UK’s finest moving image organisations. A presentation of the very best artists’ film and video, Canary Wharf Screen offers an insight into the UK’s leading filmmakers and film institutions, surveying the capital’s vibrant arts community through its artists, commissioners, distributors and programmers.
Art on the Underground
Art on the Underground (AOTU), which is part of London Underground, provides a world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the Tube environment and customers¹ journey experience; and continues the longstanding tradition that excellent art and design is at the core of London Underground’s identity and services. The programme operates through a number of different strands and includes temporary and permanent commissions displayed on large scale single station sites such as Gloucester Road and other stations throughout the network; a series of commissions for the front cover of the Pocket Tube map; a film programme at Canary Wharf station; and a programme of Tube line-based commissions, which revolve around a particular theme. The Tube line series has so far included the Piccadilly line (Thin Cities), the Jubilee line (One Thing Leads to Another Everything is Connected) and the Central line (Central Line Series).
For London Underground’s 150th Anniversary in 2013, Art on the Underground commissioned Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to create Labyrinth, a permanent artwork for each of the 270 stations on the network, as well as 15 for 150 – fifteen new tube posters designed by Pablo Bronstein, Melissa Gordon, Runa Islam, Idris Khan, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Robert Orchardson, Martha Rosler, Nedko Solakov, Frances Stark, Corin Sworn, Wolfgang Tilmans, Gillian Wearing, Lawrence Weiner and Haegue Yang.
2014 has seen the launch of Art on the Underground’s first pop-up retail space in Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, as well as the 20th in the pocket Tube map cover series: The Hole of London 2014, by Rachel Whiteread.