As part of this year’s CineCity festival, the university will host the ‘Arena: Night and Day’ exhibition.
The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the BBC Arena arts documentary series and has been created by CINECITY in close partnership with Arena series editor Anthony Wall.
Drawing on over 600 films from the Arena archive, Anthony Wall has created a continuous 24-hour film sequence, which will be available to view from the street at any time of day, as well as inside the gallery during opening hours.
Founded and directed by the university screen and moving image researchers Tim Brown and Dr Frank Gray, CineCity retains closely linked to the university’s vibrant research and teaching culture in screen, film and moving image arts. This year the university will also host a number of specially selected CINECITY screenings to accompany ‘Arena: Night and Day’. Films such as ‘Citation City, People Like Us’ and ‘How to Change the World’ will be shown in the university’s Sallis Benney Theatre.
Students are also participating in this year’s festival, with BA Moving Image students and staff presenting film screenings, installations, and performances in a showcase event at The Emporium, London Road, Brighton on the 16 November. Course leader Matthew Noel-Todd describes the BA Moving Image programme as “A film and art degree that pushes the boundaries of experimentation in contemporary artists’ moving image practice.” The showcase event will reflect the experimental nature of the course, as works will be shown throughout the bar as well as in the main theatre. The event will feature films with live soundtracks and super 8 and 16mm projections. The evening is an opportunity for students to show their work to the public. Nina Zabicka, a student showcasing work at the event said “showing films outside of our class is very important, as it prepares us for having audiences who haven't followed the progress of our work. Having this opportunity in this year’s CINECITY will definitely boost my confidence in my artistic practice.” Moving Image student, Bebe Bentley, added, “there is no greater feeling as an artist, than knowing something you've made has truly moved someone. The Emporium event is a fantastic opportunity to do just this. I think people will be genuinely surprised by the diversity of the works on show.”
More information about the gallery exhibition including opening hours.