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Vitrine

Film Co Lab will be screening 11 films in Brighton’s shop windows on the 29th of October as part of White Night Festival.

Illuminating shop windows with short silent films, Film Co Lab harness the surrounding sounds of the festival to create a unique soundtrack for each film. Bringing cinema out of the dark and into the street, the boundary between art and life is challenged and the audience transformed from spectators to participants.

Vitrine: eleven colourful outside jobs is about reconsidering the relationship between image, audience and space, engaging with a situational aesthetics in order to question ideological representations and languages of everyday life. This group exhibition brings together artists working across the moving image spectrum who each in their own way offer possibilities of inquiry, engagement and participation in the formulation and ascription of meaning. The works function in direct relation to the actual urban environment: their specific context of exhibition, street shop-windows, underlines the variety of processes at play during the production of meaning while at the same time allowing for new subjectivities to emerge. Space becomes an object of intervention and at the same time the instrument of that same intervention.

The idea of the exhibition is to break away from the division between life and art, which is usually enclosed in a gallery space, and life and film typically shown in a dark, closed space. The moving images encourage a process of reflection about the context and framing of art/film as well as the daily use of the streets and shop windows, allowing for different readings of space and film to emerge. The films span both upcoming artists and established figures of the art world, helping young artists to promote their work whilst simultaneously developing a dialogue with better known films providing fresh new meanings to all works involved.

Vitrine: eleven colourful outside jobs is a possibility of critical reflection, a fluid framework of instability emerging from the unexpected yet meaningful visual combinations that might open individuals to a potential significant role in giving meaning to contexts and objects.

Vitrine is proudly sponsored by White Night Brighton and artrepublic, the collectable art prints gallery in Bond Street, Brighton.

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