ITN Source Puts Footage In The Frame At The Hayward
ITN Source has supplied two hours of footage to artist Aernout Mik's Raw Footage installation, one work in new Hayward Touring Exhibition; Mark Wallinger curates: The Russian Linesman , which opens at The Hayward, London on 18 February and runs until 4 May.
The video piece features discarded news footage that depicts the disturbing normality of day to day fighting and living in a war zone. Shot by ITN cameramen during the war in former Yugoslavia, Mik's installation shows people going about their lives when gunfire and shelling seizes. Raw Footage includes a collage of animals during wartime, kids imitating the gunfire and exhausted soldiers taking a nap on the street.
Mik has also obtained footage from ITN Source's vast archives for his Convergencies and Berlusconi installations which will be shown in the UK at a future date. Convergencies features footage of immigration rooms and emergency services and Berlusconi examines the relationship between legislative power and juries.
Aernout Mik said: 'It was really interesting for me to work with ITN Source making Raw Footage, because I got access to hours and hours of raw material from the war in former Yugoslavia. And with raw I mean really raw; completely unedited, not preselected or whatsoever, all the original footage that was inside the camera. This raw material enabled me to go in a completely new direction with my work.'
Matt Keene, Business Development Manager for Arts & Heritage at ITN Source, added: 'ITN Source is delighted to offer Aernout access to the one million hours of footage in our archives for his artworks. As we archive film rushes as well as news bulletin output, Aernout had access to plenty of rare or unseen footage. He has brought together some of those unique clips to create a strong visual experience of the other side of life for civilians in wartime, one we are not used to seeing in TV news reports.'
Mark Wallinger Curates: The Russian Linesman is the first gallery exhibition curated by the artist and provides special insights into his thought process and interests. The title and many of the themes in the exhibition take their inspiration from the story of the Russian Linesman, whose controversial ruling in the 1966 World Cup final between England and Germany changed the course of footballing history. For his selection, Wallinger creates an exhibition that investigates many of the issues that have concerned him as an artist over the past 25 years, in particular ideas of boundaries, thresholds and arbitrary divides, whether physical, political, psychological or metaphysical.
For more information contact John Nolan, ITN press office +44 (0)20 7430 4216 or email email@example.com Video clips and stills of the piece are available for publicity use. All images should be credited: Courtesy carlier