Annexinema: Alternative Realities and Spatial Explorations
April 28th 2011

Annexinema presented a series of short films to accompany the Spaces of Alterity
conference, on Thursday April 28th 2011 at One Thoresby Street Nottingham.

The screening broadly responded to the conference's theme of exploring formations of counter-hegemonic space. The event featured a variety of short films (see below) as well as China Miéville reading an extract from his forthcoming novel.

This event was supported by LUX

Part 1

Miners’ Campaign Tapes Project
Not Just Tea and Sandwiches

UK, 1984, video, 12mins
Media coverage of the Miners Strike’ in 1984-85 was often felt to be misrepresentative. In response, several film making collectives from around the UK made and distributed short films on VHS tapes presenting an alternative view of the events, and fostering solidarity. This is the story of women’s involvement in the strike.

Office of Community Sousveillance
PCSO Watch

UK, 2011, video, 6mins
[this information is classified]

Yelena Popova
Unnamed

UK, 2011, video, 10mins
A personal documentary telling the story of a secret town in Russia and the artist’s nationalisation in the UK.

Oneohtrix Point Never
Nobody Here

USA, 2009 video, 2mins

Stephen Connolly
Más Se Perdió (We Lost More)

UK/Cuba, 2008, 16mm, 14mins
Más Se Perdió structurally unites a series of historical and cultural references in contemporary Havana, Cuba. A variety of cinematographic approaches are used to explore the spaces of the derelict National School of Ballet, to document young athletes at an outdoor stadium, and to record a street scene with construction workers, the latter in reference to Chris Marker’s film Letter from Siberia. Each place maintains some relationship to notions of utopia; however, the autonomous soundscape of the film is suggestive of underlying conflicts contained within these visions.

Part 2

China Miéville
reading from Embassytown

Sun Ra
Space is the Place

USA, 1972, video, 11mins
An extract from Sun Ra’s vision of alter-destiny.

Uriel Orlow
Yellow Limbo

Egypt/UK, 2011, video, 14mins
Yellow Limbo interleaves vintage photographs and Super8 film shot by crewmembers of 14 cargo ships stranded in the Suez Canal for 8 years with the artist’s own recent footage on location. The title relates to an incident that unfolded during the outbreak of the Six Day War, in 1967 between Israel and Egypt. As a result of heavy artillery fire and sunken trawlers at either end of the Suez Canal, 14 cargo ships of various nationalities were stranded for eight years in the Great Bitter Lake, a large body of water at the canal’s midpoint where ships pass one another before re-entering the one-way traffic. While stranded, the cold-war political allegiances of the multi-national crews were dissolved and gave way to a form of communal survival and the establishment of a social system that mirrored the evolution of civilisation in microcosm. The ships’ 1968 onboard Olympic Games converted what Noam Chomsky has referred to as the ‘irrational jingoism’ of the official Olympics into a pan- national gesture of resilient, playful solidarity.

Neil Bartlett and Stuart Marshall
Pedagogue

UK, 1988, video, 11mins
A short performance to camera by solo performer/dramatist Neil Bartlett. Pedagogue explores in comic style the possible implications of Clause 28. Through Clause 28, the British Government took powers to outlaw the 'promotion of homosexuality' in education and local government.