Assemblage, Reel by Judy Price

The Logic of the Birds by Sarah Beddington


Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 19:00 - 20:30


In Assemblage, archive footage from the British Mandate period in Palestine shows the raising of a British observation balloon, a metaphor conjuring up both release from the land and the mapping of it in the establishment of territory through the process of reconnaissance, or surveillance. 

In Reel the disrupted residues of film have been selected – the lead-ins and endings of film with music composed by Johann Johannsson. The music brings to the images an intensity and spiritual dimension evoking the sensual and sublime. 

‘The Logic of the Birds’ was inspired by early-20th century photographs of an old Palestinian procession showing people moving freely across the land from Jerusalem to a shrine near Jericho. Wanting to work collaboratively to consider the use of open, public space, led me to devise this project as a public processional performance in the landscape. The title of the performance/film is from a 12th-century Sufi poem. Working with young actors from Ramallah, the performance/film was staged close to the Jordan Valley, on a major trajectory for bird migration as well as a route inscribed by journeys of pilgrimage, exile and return.


Judy Price is a London based artist who work with lens-based media. Her work explore art’s effectiveness and relevance to collective struggles using archival sources as well as a sustained study of a place to make visible the overwritten histories and the redrawn boundaries of contested sites. Exhibitions and screenings include; Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen art Gallery, Montreal; Palestinian Film Festival, Barbican; Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art Gallery, London; Cambridge Film festival, Cinema Palestine; Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem. Judy is Course Director, MA photography, Kingston University and Senior Lecturer in BA moving image, University of Brighton and has taught at International Academy of Arts, Palestine.

Sarah Beddington is a British artist and filmmaker, currently based in London, whose work in film and video, and other ephemeral or fragile media, investigates the intersection between the social, personal and political, usually in relation to journeys and migration, and with particular emphasis on a sense of place, time and landscape. She is currently working on a feature-length documentary film that uses the aerial perspective of birds migrating through the eastern Mediterranean to reflect upon ideas of exile, return and home. Sarah’s work has been shown in many museums, galleries and film festivals including amongst others Les Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Hayward Gallery, London; Eastern Standards: Western Artists in China, MASS MoCA, USA; LOOP film and video festival, Angels Gallery, Barcelona.