The Royal Standard is partnering with Outcasting for a forthcoming project at the Box in FACT, Liverpool called Testing Bed which is designed to explore ways in which both organisations can expand their programming, establish new relationships, and strengthen existing ones.
Wednesday, 4th June at 7pm.
For this screening Outcasting will be showing three films, Mothership by Jonathan Monaghan / Good Enough for the People by Tricia McLaughlin / Wisconsin Death Trip by James Marsh.
Mothership / USA / Duration 14m 43s / 2014 appropriates characters and objects from science fiction, advertising, videogames and art history. Absurdly pulling together disparate populist imagery that evokes value, power and technology into a haunting computer animated cinematic loop, it fuses luxury apartments and medical operating rooms, as well as the London skyline and a sacred cow. The work embezzles not only the elements and protagonists of pop culture and consumerism, but also the subconscious strategies they employ. By playing with and examining the forms and approach of a media saturated contemporary culture “Mothership” hopes to gain some critical insights on the apparently seamless condition of our lived experience.
American artist Jonathan Monaghan (born 1986, New York) creates sculpture and animated video installations that challenge the boundaries between the real, the imagined, and virtual. Pulling from wide-ranging sources such as science fiction and baroque architecture, he creates bizarre, yet compelling, 3D environments and stories with the same highend technology used by Hollywood and video games. Jonathan received his BFA from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2011. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Bitforms Gallery, BFI Southbank London, The Hirshhorn Museum, and the Moving Image Art Fair. He has given lectures and workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Denver, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been featured by the Washington Post, Metropolis M, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, the Colbert Report, ArtInfo and NYC TV. Monaghan is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington D.C.
Good Enough for the People / USA / Duration 2m 53s / 2011 is a line from a speech by anarchist Emma Goldman published in 1917. Animated apes bring to life Goldman’s incendiary words about how promoting patriotism can be used as propaganda for selfish political and monetary gains, a sentiment that still holds very true today.
Tricia McLaughlin is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in 3D design, animation and sculpture. She has also been awarded two grants from the Jerome Foundation and an Artist’s Fellowship for Video from New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2006 she completed a 9 x 90 foot animation of a virtual aquarium for a permanent public art commission at the City of Virginia Beach Convention Center. Her work has been screened and exhibited in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Russia, Chile, South Korea and Japan. She lives and works in New York, NY, USA. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Electronic Media in the Visual Arts Department at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.
Wisconsin Death Trip / UK / Duration 1h 14m / 1999 is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that befell one small town in Wisconsin during the final decade of the 19th century. The film is inspired by Michael Lesy’s book of the same name which was first published in 1973. Lesy discovered a striking archive of black and white photographs in the town of Black River Falls dating from the 1890’s and married a selection of these images to extracts from the town’s newspaper from the same decade. The effect was surprising and disturbing. The town of Black River Falls seems gripped by some peculiar malaise and the weekly news is dominated by bizarre tales of madness, eccentricity and violence amongst the local population. Suicide and murder are commonplace. People in the town are haunted by ghosts, possessed by devils and terrorized by teenage outlaws and arsonists.
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English, James Marsh began working as a researcher for a commercial TV station in London. He soon moved on to the BBC and began making documentaries for Arena which had a reputation for commissioning eccentric and iconoclastic films and allowing untested directors to make them. His body of work for Arena includes The Last Supper – a documentary about the last meal requests that are ordered and served to death row inmates before they are executed and an account of the murder of soul singer Marvin Gaye (gunned down by his father – a fundamentalist preacher and occasional transvestite) called Troubleman. Marsh’s 1996 documentary The Burger and the King won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Arts Documentary and the Best Arts Documentary Gold Medal at the 1997 Chicago Film & Television Festival. The film was a survey of Elvis Presley’s favorite meals and an account of his life through the eyes of those who cooked them for him. Marsh also made a film with Velvet Underground founder member and solo artist John Cale which won a BAFTA in Wales. Cale returned the favor by writing the end title music for Wisconsin Death Trip. Marsh also made Man on Wire.