August 2011 - March 2012
Chisenhale Gallery is working in partnership with Victoria Park on an eight-month artist’s residency, August 2011 – March 2012. The residency will culminate in the production of a new film produced and premiered in the Park in Spring 2012. Victoria Park is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is currently undergoing renovations to restore key historic elements in the Park with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Matthew Noel-Tod is Chisenhale Gallery’s first artist-in-residence in Victoria Park. Noel-Tod is working with the park rangers, local residents, community groups and day-to-day park users to explore the Park and its many operations. The workshops will form the basis of Noel-Tod’s new film, which will be installed in one of the Park buildings.
Noel-Tod’s film focuses exclusively on children and animals – two of the primary reasons people make use of the park each day. Juxtaposing the two subjects of children and pets, Noel-Tod compares the unknown future of children as they grow up against the perpetual state of innocence ascribed to domesticated pets. Using references from popular film and television, the project presents an idiosyncratic reflection on contemporary life that mixes live action with animation (a technical mixture that is common to children’s films with animal protagonists).
On Saturday 19th November, Noel-Tod is organising a day of film screenings for dogs and their owners, which will be held at 2pm in Victoria Park (near the Pavilion Café) and at 7pm in the studio at Chisenhale Gallery. Click here for further information.
Image: Castle 3.0, HD video, Matthew Noel-Tod (2011)
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