James Richards - Screenings and interview
25 Apr 2013

Image courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the artist.

April 25, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Screenings and interview
April 28, 10 am – 6 pm: Screening of “Untitled Cinema Programme” (2008) (in loop)

Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
Language: English  Entrance: Entrance price to the museum + additional charge €2,50
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The Stedelijk Museum continues its acclaimed stedelijk|film program with two special screening events, dedicated to the work of British artist and filmmaker James Richards. On the evening of April 25, Richards will screen several of his own recent films, alongside a number of video works by Pat Hean, Joan Jonas, and Shelley Lake. Richards will be interviewed by curator and writer Isla Leaver-Yap. The following Sunday, April 28, the film “Untitled (Cinema Programme)” will be shown in the Teijin Auditorium at the Stedelijk. 

The moving image and installation work of James Richards takes material culled from home videos, books, records, CDs, and combines them with the artist’s personal archive. Tracing unlikely rhythmic or gestural connections between heterogeneous materials, Richards saturates his work with a lingering emotional psyche. Richards’ interest lies in the possibility of the personal amidst this media morass, as well as in the scratch form as a means of layering previous intentions, narratives, and recordings, and of returning images to the world. He often reworks material from previous installations and videos to reroute their initial use in ever-evolving scenarios. Overlooked moments caught on record, half-glances of the camera, physical demonstrations, and abstracted vocal melodies coalesce to form unlikely lyrical encounters.

During this stedelijk|film evening, Richards will screen a number of his own recent works such as “Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off” (2012) and “The Misty Suite” (2009), as well as more recent work. These films are shown next to two video works by other artists that either oppose or complement Richard’s own way of working and making films: “Glass Puzzle” (1973) by Joan Jonas and “Seizure” (1980) by Pat Hearn & Shelley Lake. “Untitled (Cinema Programme)” (2008), a 17-minute video assemblage that navigates symbolic and fragmentary moments from the mass media archive, will be on view at the Stedelijk’s Auditorium on April 28, 10 am – 6 pm.

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JAMES RICHARDS is an artist living and working in London.  Recent solo shows have been held at CCA Kitakyushu (2012) and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011). Recent Group exhibitions include  “Frozen Lakes”, Artists Space, New York (2013) and  “The Imaginary Museum”, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2012). Forthcoming solo  exhibitions include Rodeo, Istanbul and Cabinet, London.  Forthcoming  group  exhibitions  include  “The  Encyclopaedic  Palace”, 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice  Biennial 2013  and “If Not Always Permanently, memorably”,  a group exhibition organised by the artist for Spike Island, Bristol. Richards was awarded the 2012 Jarman Award for film and video. 

ISLA LEAVER-YAP writes about and organizes projects with artists. She  contributes to “Afterall”  and  “Mousse,” as well as  other periodicals. At the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, she co-organized  “Nought to Sixty,” and started the ongoing Artists Film Club. She curated the 2011 exhibition season “Short Stories” at SculptureCenter, New York. In 2012, she was a member of the Banff Centre’s 2012 visual arts faculty for  “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL STOP PLEASE ALLOW FEATURES ASSUME EXPRESSION INDICATIVE OF AMUSEMENT JOY PLEASURE BENEVOLENCE ETCETERA BY DRAWING UP CORNERS OF MOUTH AND GENERALLY RELAXING FACIAL MUSCLES STOP LOVE FOR ALL STEFAN STOP”; the editor of LUX’s Live Journal; and curator for The Biennial of Moving Images. She is on the advisory council for YU Contemporary. Leaver-Yap is currently working on a book with Andrea Büttner.