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Artists' Film Biennial 2014: #DORMANTPOOL: Selected by Hannah Sawtell

6 Jul 2014

London-based artist Hannah Sawtell gives a live presentation of a piece of online video collaging software. The presentation takes place alongside a programme of short films and found footage selected by the artist. Working across video, sound and sculpture, Sawtell uses CGI animated video and collage techniques in her installations, rendering the fluidity of digital images with spatial, physical, and temporal qualities. Her works highlight the politics of aesthetics, the image and the object, and are often contextualised with accompanying printed material and publications.

This event is Sawtell’s first UK presentation using Sawbaum, a free-to-use online collaging application developed by the artist and programmer Avi Flombaum as part of Rhizome’s 7X7 series of day-long workshops in early 2014.

Sawbaum, a combination of Sawtell and Flombaum’s surnames, collages user-selected looping clips made using the mobile app Vine, into one frame onscreen. For this live presentation Sawtell will compose multiple looping vines into sound-free screen based collaged videos and will work with specially-invited Vine users to generate new compositions. These compositions will be projected live onto the ICA cinema screen in real time. Sawbaum is an open access application that can be accessed at

Accompanying the presentation are a series of short films by Maya Deren and Geoffrey Jones and a selection of found footage clips discovered by the artist featuring a range of content including live DJ sets, music videos, animations, space satellites and drones – manipulated by the artist.

British documentary filmmaker Geoffrey Jones’ Locomotion, 1975, made for British Transport Films sets clips and stills from a variety or archive sources to a musical soundtrack, while This is Shell, 1970, captures the companies profile in a 7 minute short. Also included in the programme is Maya Deren’s Meditation on Violence, 1948 ‒ all films that were influential to the artist at the early stages of her career.

Hannah Sawtell (b. 1971 in London) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include “Hannah Sawtell: ACCUMULATOR”, New Museum, New York (2014); “Re Petitioner In Zero Time 2”, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2014) and “RE PETITIONER IN ZERO TIME”, Vilma Gold, London (2013). She has participated in numerous group shows including “Art Post-Internet”, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2014); “Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013”, Tate Britain, London (2013) and “SoundSpill”, Zabludowicz Collection, New York (2013). Sawtell will have a solo exhibition at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, in October 2014.

Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated.


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