Quarantaine + Q&A with artist Georgina Starr
Jarman Award shortlisted artist Georgina Starr presents a special screening of her film Quarantaine, followed by a Q+A.
The Award, inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers.
In Celtic mythology ‘une quarantaine’ is a 40-day period beginning on the eve of the 1st Full Moon of Spring – a liminal and dangerous occasion when the barriers between the Earthly world and the Spirit world are temporarily dissolved. The film is set within this time frame. We follow two women through an arboreal portal. Inside they join a queue of women waiting for the alignment of predictive cards. Once selected, they are ‘delivered’; passing through a giant sacred Ear to sounds of Pauline Oliveros. Reborn, the women attend classes instructed by Pearl Mama One – a disembodied singing oracle. Under her watchful gaze they take lessons in light conduction, a new poetic language and physical geometry.
Georgina Starr makes videos, sound and large-scale installation works with a focus on female identity, the otherworldly, and her longstanding interests in the visionary aspects of experimental cinema. Her projects are initiated by extensive periods of research that always involve some form of writing—scripts, fictions, lectures, scores and poetry. Recent solo presentations include Leeds Art Gallery and Glasgow International.
Quarantaine was co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Leeds Art Gallery and Glasgow International with Art Fund support through the Moving Image Fund for Museums. This programme was made possible thanks to Thomas Dane Gallery and a group of private galleries and individuals. Supported by Arts Council England.
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