Jarman Now! The Film London Jarman Award’s new pioneers

Whitechapel Gallery, Sat 11 Nov, 11:30am - 6pm

Celebrating the work of the artists shortlisted for Film London’s Jarman Award 2023, we present a day of encounters across the gallery with the shortlisted artists – Ayo Akingbade, Andrew Black, Julianknxx, Sophie Koko Gate, Karen Russo and Rehana Zaman. 

Throughout the day, experience readings, discussions and performances with the featured artists, alongside drop-in screenings of their short films. Films in the programme use animation, analogue film, poetry and choral song to explore narratives around air pollution and inequality, cryptocurrency, the queering of the British countryside and gentrification.    

The winner of the Film London Jarman Award will be announced on the 21 November at the Barbican Centre. The award is presented in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery and Barbican. 

Talks (Zilkha Auditorium)

11:20 – 11:30 Welcome and Introduction

11:30 – 12:15 Karen Russo in conversation with JJ Charlesworth
Russo and art critic JJ Charlesworth discuss the political themes in her recent work, which delves into the legacies of German Romanticism and the Third Reich. With extracts from Russo’s films including Tet Stadt and Haus Atlantis, they will consider how mysticism and irrationality might be resurfacing in politics today.

12:15 – 13:00 Sophie Koko Gate performance and conversation with Rachel Sale
Koko Gate will present a preview of her 3D animated performance Milk Bath 1: Poltergeist in Orange Grove – showing the unworlding of two strangers and their search for intimacy in the abyss. Koko Gate will be in conversation with artist, designer and F.A.T. Studio founder Rachel Sale following the performance.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00 Julianknxx in conversation with Carine Harmand
Julianknxx will be joined by Tate Liverpool curator Carine Harmand, to discuss his current solo exhibition ‘Chorus in Rememory of Flight’ at London’s Barbican Centre (continues until 11 February 2024), alongside his multidisciplinary practice spanning film, performance, music and poetry.

14:45 – 15:30 Andrew Black artist talk
In this illustrated talk, Black will explore the role of collaboration and experimentation in his moving image work, delving into research into radical rural politics in Scotland and the North of England which have informed his recent films Revenge Fantasy (2019), On Clogger Lane (2023) and Dàn Fianais (2021).

15:30 – 16:15 Break

16:15 – 17:00 Rehana Zaman in conversation with Rasheeqa Ahmad 
Zaman will be joined by herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs) to discuss their collaboration on the film Alternative Economies (2021), delving further into the possibilities of herbalism and cryptocurrencies to offer alternative networks of exchange and subsistence. Alternative Economies will screen in Gallery 2 at approximately 12:35pm, 2:10pm, 3:45pm and 5:20pm. The speakers encourage you to watch the film in advance to experience their conversation fully.

17:00 – 17:45 Ayo Akingbade in conversation with Simeon Barclay
Akingbade will discuss the themes and interests of her work with artist Simeon Barclay. The talk coincides with the launch of Akingbade’s new book ‘Show Me the World Mister’ published by Book Works, which will be available in the Whitechapel Gallery bookshop.

Screening Programme (Gallery 2)

Films by the shortlisted artists will be available to view throughout the day in Gallery 2. The programme will loop four times throughout the day:

11:30 – 13:05
13:05 – 14:40 
14:40 – 16:15 
16:15 – 17:50 

Short interviews with the shortlisted artists will be viewable on the monitor in the Whitechapel Gallery foyer throughout the day.

All films in the touring programme are subtitled.