For the moving image component of 2013’s Frieze London art fair, the Frieze Foundation — under the direction of Frieze Films curator Nicola Lees and co-curator Victoria Brooks — has commissioned new works by internet artist and serial surf club member Petra Cortright, Peter Gidal — whose films typically investigate writing through a combination of sounds and text — Patricia Lennox-Boyd — whose commission will investigate salespersons’ hand gestures — Soviet-era found footage splicer Oraib Toukan, and Erika Vogt, who plans to create an “anti-commercial commercial.” The artists will develop and created their commissioned pieces during a production residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York.
In addition to presenting their new works at the fair, which runs October 17-20 in Regent’s Park, the artists will discuss the conditions under which they worked during an October 16 event described as a “think tank,” and in a panel discussion on October 18, both of which will be held in the fair’s auditorium.
“Not only does this year’s programme explore a range of approaches to the medium of broadcast it also looks at the conditions under which artist films are produced,” Frieze Foundation curator Lees said in a statement. “I am particularly pleased that we are able to offer the 2013 Frieze Film participants residencies at EMPAC. However, we are also looking to broaden this debate with the think tank and panel discussion that will explore the existing contexts for artist film and new possibilities for developing more ambitious projects in the future.”
In addition to being screened at the art fair, the commissioned works will be broadcast on the U.K.’s Channel 4.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image courtesy the Frieze Foundation.)