Kathryn Elkin, Mutatis Mutandis

Image:  Elkin, still from Mutatis Mutandis (2014, HD, stereo, 13mins)

NFM were joined by filmmaker and Kathryn Elkin for a screening of her moving image work, followed by a discussion with Louise ShelleyCurator at The Showroom, London, addressing the concepts and approaches involved in her practice.

Kathryn Elkin’s practice deals with the potentials for creating semantic ambiguities in connections she forges between bodies, texts, objects and memories. She often translates and transcribes between different source media, using the limitations of this process as a means to develop the work. References in her practice often stem from counter-culture/culture of the 1970’s. She is interested describing the crisis of the performing body and in the processes of artistic labour. The evening will include a live performance of Mud, most recently performed at ICA, London in April.

Films included in the screening:

  • Untitled, 2014 - collaboration with Richard Bevan, 16mm digital transfer (excerpt)
  • Michael's Theme, 2014, 7mins
  • Mud, (2015), performance with HD video, stereo. 22mins

When: Tuesday 16 June 2015. Doors 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. Screening ends 8.30pm. Networking social to 9.30pm.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge, 2nd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG.

About Kathryn Elkin

Kathryn Elkin (b.1983, Belfast) is an artist based in Scotland, working with performance, writing and video. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and participant of the LUX Associate Artists Programme 2012/13. Recent exhibitions and performances include: Mutatis Mutandis, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); '30 Years of the Future' at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014) and ‘Til The Stars Turn Cold’ at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015). In 2014 Elkin was awarded a 6 month residency and commission at BBC Scotland to produce the video work ‘Michael's Theme’, which premiered at Tate Modern and her video ‘Mutatis Mutandis’ featured as part of the 2014 London Film Festival. Elkin is currently one of the 2015 Visual Art residents at Cove Park. She will make a duo presentation with Seamus Harahan at CCA Derry in late 2015 and a solo presentation at CCA Glasgow in 2016.

About Louise Shelly

Louise Shelley is Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom where she has coordinated the Communal Knowledge programme since 2010. Communal Knowledge is a series of collaborative projects with local and international artists to propose and activate approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s social and cultural surroundings. Communal Knowledge is critically engaged with the possibilities for a gallery education programme to work in ways that respond to artistic practice and different contexts. This is articulated through producing work, events and alliances that address the role of art operating within and responding to; pedagogy, work/labour, feminist legacies, precarity, the dialectic of social re/production and class and gender. She is also a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a non-profit organisation dedicated to distributing films and videos made by women.