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BEEF Event

Saturday, November 26, 2016
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

BEEF (Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film) presents a day of immersive photochemical and sonic experimental performances curated by Louisa Fairclough.

The afternoon starts with a performance using handmade contact film prints by Laura Phillips with a live soundtrack performed by Saltings. 

Saltings brings together three Bristol-based musicians who will perform a semi-improvised mixture of cello, double bass and live programming that coalesce into distorted polyphony, ominous drones and unexpected melodies. For this unique performance BEEF artist Laura Phillips will collaborate with the group to create an audio-visual ensemble of live image manipulation and improvisation. Layered with shifting imagery taken from a screen reading device used by partial-sighted readers, the performance explores the complexity of resonance and incongruence between sound/image to educe a sense of enigma and decentralisation. How do we come to know an object, its temperament, texture, colour, hue and smell?

My Tape Archive is a performance with 16mm projectors and handmade film loops.

Vicky Smith and Shirley Pegna perform Primal a visceral abstract animation made directly onto 16mm filmstrip through the actions of rubbing and scraping. Shirley Pegna responds with a live soundtrack with noises made through tactile processes.

Rod Maclachlan presents Lines, a shadow work motivated by Mondrian, Man Ray’s Abstract Cinema and Norman McLaren’s animations.

Curated by Louisa Fairclough.

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BEEF ( is a film and sound collective supporting experimental practice in Bristol, providing a platform for production, distribution and critical engagement. BEEF’s members are artists, curators and researchers organising a regular programme of events, exhibitions, analogue film and sound workshops and screenings.

Day Schedule

2-2.40pm Main Gallery - Performance

Laura Phillips + Saltings

2.40-3.45pm Break for the courtyard performances.

Lee Campbell, Rory Flynn & Carali McCall, Giulia Mattera

3.45-5pm, Main Gallery expanded films/ projections with live sound.

My Tape Archive (Matt Davies) (20 mins)

Vicky Smith/ Shirley Pegna (15 mins)

Rod MacLachlan (30 mins)

5-7pm  Courtyard  Performances (continued)

Lee Campbell, Rory Flynn & Carali McCall, Giulia Mattera


Curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland, Visions 2016 showcases over 100 international artists’ work through an innovative six-part programme, including artists Marina Abramović, Ori Gersht, Susan Hiller, Mikhail Karikis, Richard Layzell and Uriel Orlow. 12 events punctuate the programme, featuring live performances in the gallery, Carmelite Café and Bow Arts’ unique Victorian enclosed courtyard. View the full programme here