2003, 65 min, colour, stereo, DVD
A DVD publication and touring film programme screening internationally between 2003-2004. CODEC/X features new short works by 26 artists and musicians from north-west England. It is curated by Dave Griffiths & Nick Jordan, aiming to promote collaboration and experimentation between sonic and visual artists. It is available for purchase at Microcinema International.
Abstract Earth & Mark Pilkington, Jane Brake & Jenna Collins, Scott Byrne & Happy Fingers, Cartwright Brothers, Suki Chan & Mayming, Paul Cordwell & Loopaznavour, Joe Devlin & Ben Gwilliam, Tamzin Forster, Dave Griffiths, Jenny Hallström, Illuminati & Ben Schmark, Nick Jordan, Lee Patterson, Kristín Scheving & Spencer Marsden, Blake Quentin & Coryn Smethurst, Carl Turton.
See CODEC/X programme notes for more info on films and artists (PDF, 252kb)
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CODEC/X presents 65 minutes of diverse work, with challenging and often humorous themes embedded to materials and processes – including animation, performance, text, noise, concept, narrative, found objects, tape and abstraction. It unpacks a playful list of new proposals, aiming to encourage discourse about technology, materials, and conventions in contemporary practice. The artists explore tensions between perfection & instability; the minutiae of spaces and moments; the inscription and abandonment of laws; creation of light and time; complexity of language and meaning, and the architecture in ‘intelligent’ machines. This non-profit project is a response to the growing movement of independent spaces and audiences from a variety of scenes: galleries, microcinemas, experimental music, and artist-run events. The touring programme is available free to curators, programmers, microcinemas, distributors and websites who are seeking contemporary, experimental, time-based work. The DVD distribution is supported by Arts Council England.
CODEC/X was launched at Zion Art Centre, Manchester in September 2003, and then is touring. Selected works from the publication are screening in Leeds (City Art Gallery), Sheffield, Newcastle, Lancaster (Folly), Nottingham, Norwich, Hull, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Lisbon, Prague, Valencia, Paris, Berlin, Perm City, Brooklyn, Montreal, Indianapolis, Austin, Chiang Mai and Melbourne.