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D Mann, S Foighel Brutmann, E Efrat | Complex 2009 | 9’ | Video | Image courtesy of the artists

SHEFFIELD FRINGE 2014

BLOC PROJECTS
Fri 6th – Sat 14th June
71 Eyre Lane
Sheffield S1 4RB
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This year’s extended edition of Sheffield Fringe considers the relationship between aesthetics and emergency politics, manifested as experimental narratives. Encountering both domestic and institutional arrangements, cultural conditioning, and national political milieux, the ethics of artistic agency and representation are brought into question as filmmakers cross-examine their chosen subjects from many angles. Improvisation may inform both subject matter and approach, with egos incisively and humorously dismantled; the specifics of a given place or circumstance may be scrutinized.

The films, performances, and discussions that make up Sheffield Fringe 2014 are by turns playful and unsettling, with monologue emerging as a strategy for preservation, and dialogue as the option to move things forward into the future.

In light of philosopher Isabelle Stengers’ call for relation-making practices to resist and reclaim, the contributions to Sheffield Fringe 2014 may be read as gestures towards a considered listening that is sensitive to “possibilities, which are our own, but which can come into existence only because we don’t feel they are our own.” (Stengers, 2012)

Participating artists: Jobina Tinnemans, Solmaz Shahbazi, Juliette Joffé, Angus Braithwaite, Rose Butler, Akio Yuguchi, Alison J. Carr, Adrienne Leverette, Rob Tyler, David Blandy, Alexander Lorenz, Daniel Mann, Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Eitan Efrat, Miranda Pennell, Shirin Sabahi, Nelmarie du Preez, The Atlas Group / Walid Raad, Michel Wenzer, Yaron Lapid, Theo Price, Samuel Stevens, Farhad Ahrarnia, Hadi Fallahpisheh, Marielle Nitoslawska, Farahnaz Sharifi. 

Sheffield Fringe 2014 is produced in collaboration with Bloc Projects and Bloc Studios. Studios will be open to the public Sunday 9 June 12-6pm. Admission to all events is free. Download brochure here.

Sheffield Fringe is an artist-led curatorial project exploring the intersection of art & documentary practices through screenings, talks, exhibitions and research, presented in partnership with Openvizor, Diversity Art Forum and Goldsmiths University of London.