The Best Three Hours Of All The Night-Times

The ‘Literary Salon’ at the Latitude Festival played host to some bizarre occurrences this summer a portion of which is documented above by Britt Hatzius.

In a party/festival atmosphere people are asked to recline on a chaise-long and blow up a balloon until it bursts. They are filmed and a video-still of the crucial moment is chosen, together with onlookers, and printed out. Over the evening a display of these images starts to grow. Involuntary reaction obliterates any decision of how to present oneself for this unusual ‘portrait’, and in so doing creates a ‘natural’ picture of our expressive mechanism in a split second of crisis.

Originally developed by Rotozaza for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) in 2011. It is an ongoing project.

Music: Stuzzikini by Icarus

Not Applicable Films in Beijing

Courtesy of Maurizio Ravalico‘s presence in China for a month, a selection of Not Applicable films are screening in Beijing! The programme showcases the audio visual collaborations between Britt Hatzius, Martin Hampton and musicians from the Not Applicable collective along with work by Joji Koyama, Candas Sisman, Daniel Clift and Alice Britton – a veritable treat if you are in Beijing!

Electric Shadows presents:

Sunday March 18 @ Zajia Lab
Hong En Daoist Temple (beside Bell Tower food market), Jiu Gulou Street, Dofuchi Hutong, Dongcheng district, Beijing, China.

3:30pm – free entry
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Traum @ London’s Open House Independent Film Screenings

Martin Hampton‘s epic film ‘Traum’ will be screened on Saturday & Sunday 17th / 18th September 2011 at 13:00 as part of the Independent Film Screenings for London Open House weekend @ Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

The film, which depicts the demise of the landscape surrounding the Lea Valley shortly before its compulsory acquisition for the London Olympics, is a chilling portrait of how easily despondency and despair can set in when communities are faced with such large scale turmoil and uncertainly.

Independent Film Screenings @ Trinity Buoy Wharf

Saturday & Sunday 17th / 18th September 2011 from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Programme includes ‘Traum’ by Matin Hampton with a soundtrack by Isambard Khroustaliov @ 1:00pm

The Basement, Electrician’s Workshop, Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY.

Martin Hampton’s Film On Joan Miró

Created by Martin Hampton for the current exhibition at Tate Modern in London: ‘Joan Miró, The Ladder of Escape‘ which runs from the 14 April – 11 September 2011.

The film explores Joan Miró’s life and working practice, beginning at his family’s farm in Montroig, Catalonia, a sanctuary for him throughout his life and the source of much of his artistic inspiration. Guided by Miró’s grandson and the curators from Tate Modern, the film visits his complex of studios and workshops overlooking the sea near Palma, Mallorca, where he moved after the Second World War and where he worked prolifically until his death at the age of 93. It includes rare material from films by Pere Portabella and Català Roca of Miró at work, and testimonials from friends who remember him as a remarkably generous and humble man.

Joan Miro @ Tate Modern – A film by Martin Hampton

Joan Miró, The Ladder of Escape‘ runs from the 14 April – 11 September 2011 @ Tate Modern, London.

Music by Emu Masuyama
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Martin Hampton
Executive Producers; Jane Burton and Kate Vogel @ Tate Media