Canal at PEER 


23 January, 13 February, 19 March 2007

Peer is very pleased to host three events organised by Canal during January, February and March 2007. Canal formed in May 2006 with the aim of presenting a range of activities including discussions, screenings and performances. It was originally based in a dedicated space on Vyner Street, East London, but is now a peripatetic organisation hosted by different venues according to the project in hand. As an informal group of artists and curators, Canal acts as a framework to generate a programme which is specifically not exhibition-led and which incorporates practitioners from other creative fields in addition to the visual arts. Canal is Anna Colin, Matthew Darbyshire, Gareth Jones, Sarah McCrory and Olivia Plender.

Canal presents: is a regular event that consists of inviting an artist to screen a film, a documentary or a TV programme that has informed his or her practice. The artist is asked to present the audiovisual material and to comment upon their choice. An open discussion takes place after the screening. Canal presents: is an opportunity to get an alternative insight into someone's practice as well as to discuss and exchange references.

Phyllida Barlow presents: A Man Escaped (1956) by Robert Bresson. Followed by a short reading, How to make (or artist as hostage).

Evil Sisters, an event curated by Gyonata Bonvicini

Borrowing its title from American scholar Bram Dijkstra’s essay about the iconic figure of the femme fatale, Evil Sisters combines a video by Gian Domenico Sozzi and a cult ‘giallo’ movie by Italian director Pupi Avati that address the complex and ever-present conflicts between desire and domination, madness and control.

- Introduction by artist Gian Domenico Sozzi, actress and screenwriter Francesca Marciano (who plays the young woman in The House with Laughing Windows) and Gyonata Bonvicini.
- Brava, Gian Domenico Sozzi, 2006.
- The House with Laughing Windows (La casa dalle finestre che ridono), dir. Pupi Avati, 1976.

Make Everything New: a discussion, with Grant Watson, Susan Kelly and others (tbc)

A discussion based around the recent publication Make Everything New: a Project on Communism (eds. Grant Watson, Gerrie van Noord, Gavin Everall).