Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 4 June 2016

Richard Saltoun Gallery will participate to LOOP Fair 2016 with Berlin Horse by British artist Malcolm Le Grice (1940).


Berlin Horse (1970) is based on two sequences: one shot originally by Malcolm Le Grice in 8mm, and re-filmed in 16mm; the other is a piece of early newsreel by Thomas Edison found discarded in Wardour Street, London. The common subject is horses: the first, a horse being exercised; and the second, horses being led from a burning stable. Le Grice visually transformed and re-coloured both sequences through various loop film printing and superimposition techniques at the London Film Makers Cooperative.


The Berlin of the title refers to a small village in Schleswig-Holstein, where Le Grice filmed the horse being exercised on a lead rope in 1968. The title is also a partial pun on 'burning'. The sound is an original track by Brian Eno.


Malcolm Le Grice  (b. 1940, Plymouth)

Malcolm Le Grice studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art (graduating in 1965) and began to make film, video and computer works in the mid-60s. He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA and his work has been screened in many exhibitions and film festivals including: Paris Biennale No.8 (Paris, 1973), Arte Inglese Oggi(Milan, 1976), Une Histoire du Cinema (Paris, 1976); Documenta 6 (Kassel, 1977); X-Screen at the MUMOK, (Vienna, 2004); Behind the Facts. Interfunktionen 1968-1975 (Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2004; touring to: Serralves, Porto, and Friedericianum, Kassel); Le Temps des Images, Espace Multimedia Gartner (Bourgogne, 2011);Performa13 (New York, 2013). Screenings have been held at Museum of Modern Art, New York; Louvre, Paris; Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London. A number of longer films have been broadcast on British TV. 

Le Grice, together with David Curtis, founded the production workshop of The London Film Makers Cooperative in 1968 in response to a lack of support towards experimental filmmaking. With distribution, production and a cinema, the Co-op was dedicated to the development and promotion of underground, avant-garde cinema and was a magnet for experimental filmmakers at that time in Europe, supporting young artists such as Peter Gidal. 

Out of the Co-Op emerged a group of radical, experimental performance artists and filmmakers, active in the early 70s under the name Filmaktion: Le Grice was one of its core members. Gallery House, London, and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, became the primary sites for their events, where the artists would actively perform during film screenings, transforming them into 'live events'. This created a sensorial interaction between the viewers and the film. 

Le Grice has written important critical and theoretical texts, including Abstract Film and Beyond (Studio Vista and MIT, 1977), Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age (British Film Institute, 2001). An extensive book was published on his work in 2015: Le Temps des images (Les Presses du Réel).

Le Grice is a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Arts in London, where he co-directed, together with David Curtis, the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection.


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