Mishka Henner and David Oates (known collectively as BlackLab) were recently awarded a funded commission to create a new work for the 8th edition of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, which ran from 19-23 September 2012.
Responding to a call for proposals issued by NEPN and the Festival in March, BlackLab were selected from an extremely competitive field of over 100 applications. All proposals responded to the Festival’s theme for this year,Pictures in Motion, which explores the relationship between the still image and the moving image, with applications coming from artists working across both photography and film.
Voyeur, hunter, investigator; just a few of the roles characterizing the photographer as depicted in modern cinematic fiction. BlackLab’s third film collage remixes and resequences hundreds of scenes involving photographers to expose the clichés, tropes and accidental truisms of the medium to revealing and often comic effect.