Author: Sophie Dixon
Several of my films will be showing as part of the 51 Zero Voyager film festival this March. The festival is touring a range of artists’ films including a selection from the Film London Jarman Award. The three day event will take place in Lens, northern France.
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Thibault Jehanne and I have now arrived in Lens and will be carrying out a residency here during March. We are working together to make a film however we both feel that the collaborative and creative processes behind it are equally important. This site will be regularly updated and act as a document to collate our ideas and reinforce reflection within our collaboration.
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I’m excited to announce that this March I will be collaborating with French artist Thibault Jehanne to complete a residency in Lens, northern France. The residency is in association with The ADRT 62 – Mission Louvre-Lens Tourisme as part of the ICR (Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration) project.
We’ll be working together to create a body of process-led work which will later be shown in Lens and Kent. I will be maintaining a blog for the duration of the project, the domain for which will be posted later this month.
Thiabault Jehanne (Caen, France) and Sophie Dixon (Kent, UK) are cross disciplinary artists working predominately with text, installation, audio and film. Their work has been exhibited within Kent and Northern France and is rooted within site specific projects. Addressing themes of presence, absence, memory and human trace they explore the dialogue between physical location and its interpretation. Exploring ways of interpreting the ghostly traces which lie upon the landscape and crystallising that experience within their process.
I’ve been included in the 2015 edition of the Catlin Guide.
The Catlin Guide is an elegant, limited edition collection of artist profiles, introducing the 40 most promising new graduate artists in the UK. Printed annually, each edition exhibits the artists’ latest work and details future exhibitions, projects and aspirations for the coming year.
The Catlin Guide 2015 will launch at The London Art Fair on 21 January 2015, alongside work by many of the featured artists. The artists are selected for their work shown in the most recent series of BA, MA, MFA and PG Dip final exhibitions where they demonstrate ambition, skill and integrity. The Catlin Guide is distributed throughout the art industry and has developed an excellent reputation as an accurate and exciting overview of new British art. For the featured artists it proves to be a vital springboard, with many going on to exhibit at high profile shows.
The print run remains strictly limited, and we anticipate many collectors rushing to secure a copy at launch. However, the Guide will be available to purchase from Amazon, Culture Label, Waterstones, Blackwell’s and selected art bookshops.
INTERVIEW – Extracted from the Catlin Guide
Q.What kind of art do you make?
I work across various disciplines, including painting, drawing and sound but my current focus is film and writing. I’m interested in the role of narrative in our retelling of the past, particularly the different ways in which we remember – both as individuals and groups. My films use split screens to represent the space that exists between our structured memories and the uncontrollable nature of our surrounding environment. Unlike the stories in documentaries and cinema, our own narratives change constantly and are seldom resolved. It’s this truth that I try to deal with and find a way to represent.
Q. You won the Platform Graduate Award for the film Wünschendorf, can you identify what distinguishes that piece from the documentary genre?
When I started making Wünschendorf, I described it as a documentary. Visually it has similarities to a documentary, but the construction, the unresolved narrative and the physical structuring of the film are designed to illustrate the constantly shifting spaces between memory and place. This is what makes it different. I’m not trying to assemble a narrative; I’m trying to explore and expand upon narratives which are already in place.
Q. You have a background in music, do you compose the soundtracks to your films?
I wrote a score for a short film called Ghosts and my latest work, The Shore, used hydrophones to record sounds from within the sea. Audio is incredibly important to film and is often overlooked. When I started making films I saw audio as secondary to image, now my opinion is reversed.
Q. What are you working on?
This is an exciting year because it feels like there’s nothing to lose. My aim is to work hard and take risk because if there was ever a time to make mistakes, it’s now. I have a number of projects in development, including a new film, a series of audio broadcasts and exhibitions with the 13 other recent graduates selected for the Chisenhale Studios programme, Into the Wild.
I’m excited to be working for Brighton based Blast Theory during January and February.
Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores the social and political aspects of technology. Drawing on popular culture and games, the work often blurs the boundaries between the real and the fictional.
Press release [here]
Following on from the group show at the Turner Contemporary I’m delighted to have won the Platform Graduate Award last week.
My short film ‘The Shore’ will be screen on November 3rd at JW3, London. The guest filmmaker we will be in conversation with is Yoav Segel.
Experience cutting-edge artists’ moving image work, from short films to video art. For the fourth in our Artists’ Film Salon series, we will again be joined by an artist-filmmaker to discuss filmmaking from their point of view.
This series is supported by LUX artists’ moving image – an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it.
My latest work ‘The Shore’ is being shown in the short film section of the Brighton CINECITY film festival.
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We are pleased to announce our final line-up of films selected from the Brighton Screenings Open Call for submissions. An enormous number of films, ranging from feature films and documentaries to short dramas, animations, and experimental films were submitted to the festival. It was the toughest year ever in terms of making the selections but in the end the programme was boiled down to three distinct programmes of shorts, and four features……..
……….Our final short film selection is a programme of experimental film, artists’ cinema, and animation. Titles include A Hawaiian Princess by Jane Couldrey, Blonde by June Miles Kingston, The Great Work by Borbonesa, A Room With Light by Claire Griffiths, Antechamber by Josh Thompson, The Shore by Sophie Dixon, and Auditorium by Abigail Sidebotham.
I’m in the final for the Platform Graduate award. Winner announced November 1st 2014.
Now in its third year, the Platform Graduate Award 2014 profiles new talent emerging from universities and colleges in the South East region. Working as part of CVAN (The Contemporary Visual Arts Network, five galleries in South East England – Aspex, Portsmouth; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill;Modern Art Oxford; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and Turner Contemporary, Margate – each showcase the work of recent graduates from their region, selected from university and college degree shows.
One of the main goals of the Platform project is to develop successful ways for artists to further their practice following graduation. Each gallery puts forward the work of one graduate who will be considered for the Platform Award 2014, a valuable and prestigious award for an emerging artist comprising a £2500 financial award and a year of mentoring from an experienced art professional.
Curatorial and learning staff from the five participating galleries select from degree shows at their local art colleges – choosing from across a range of mediums – and offer graduates the chance to be included in the Platform exhibitions. This includes working closely with gallery staff at every stage of the process and, in doing so, the graduates gain valuable skills and insight into what it takes to work as a professional artist.