Peggy Ahwesh <em>The Blackest Sea</em> 2016, film still. Courtesy artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Peggy Ahwesh The Blackest Sea 2016, film still. Courtesy artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Exhibition

4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018

Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling

An Oceanic Feeling challenges the Romantic myth of the ocean as a dark, monstrous void of unknowable depths, populated by alien creatures.

Through a series of screenings of recent artists’ film from around the world, An Oceanic Feeling explores how the seas are thoroughly imbricated in human histories of colonialism, slavery, exploration and labour.

The Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series surveys the landscape of historical and contemporary fine art filmmaking, encouraging our audiences to experience the wider world of local and international film and moving image.

Curated by Erika Balsom, the Govett-Brewster’s 2017 International Film Curator in Residence, this projection series asks: what if we understood the ocean not as dividing us but as connecting us? What politics, what ethics, would follow?

Featuring films by Peggy Ahwesh (US), Noël Burch (US), CAMP (IND), Filipa Cesar (POR), Mati Diop (FR), The Otolith Group (UK), Louis Henderson (UK), Maddie Leach (NZ), Rebecca Meyers (US), Philip Scheffner (DE), Alan Sekula (US), G. Anthony Svatek (US/AT), Francisco Rodriguez (CL/FR).

An Oceanic Feeling is presented through a series of one-off screenings in the Len Lye Centre Cinema with three works selected as a showcase in Gallery 1 and the Mezzanine.

Screening in the Len Lye Centre Cinema

Sat 4 Aug | 1 pm | approx. 1.45 min
Maddie Leech, The World Leaving, 2003
Philip Scheffner, Havarie, 2016

Sat 8 Sep | 1 pm | approx. 90 min.
Introduced by exhibition curator Erika Balsom
Rebecca Meyers, Blue Mantle, 2010
Francisco Rodriguez, Una Luna de Hierra, 2017

Sat 29 Sep | 1 pm | approx. 60 min.
Peggy Ahwesh, The Blackest Sea, 2016
Mati Diop, Atlantiques, 2009
The Otoloth Group, Hydra Decapita, 2010

Sat 6 Oct | 1 pm | approx. 1.52 min.
Noël Burch and Alan Sekula, The Forgotten Space, 2012

Sat 20 Oct | 1 pm | approx. 83 min.
CAMP, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013

Sat 10 Nov | 1 pm | approx. 60 min.
G. Antony Svatek, .tv, 2017
Filipa Cesar and Louis Henderson, Sunstone, 2017

Special Auckland screening and book launch introduced by Erika Balsom
Sat 9 Sep | 3 – 3.30 pm
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
G. Antony Svatek, .tv, 2017
Filipa Cesar and Louis Henderson, Sunstone, 2017