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The Jarman Awards are set apart from the crowd when it comes to cinema thanks to their tireless quest for innovation in the medium. For the fifth time, CIRCA Projects will presenting the Jarman Awards touring programme in the region, bringing some of the best semi-experimental and thought-provoking films to Tyneside and continuing an ongoing dialogue around how British artists work with moving image every day. Following the success of last year’s event, 2014’s winner Ursula Mayer and 2015 nominated artist Alia Syed will be coming to the Tyneside Cinema Gallery to discuss their work as part of a special screening.

Syed’s work uses narratives constructed from personal and historical realities to tackle the issues of representation and colonialism. Her most recent works present a compelling version of history as told through a visual narrative, using varied techniques to look at the ebb of time on the River Thames and regeneration in Glasgow in a distinctly different manner. Meanwhile, Mayer is highly interested in the semiotics of cinema, using both single and multi-channel films. She creates circuits of images – almost celluloid collages – of architecture, fashion, literature, politics and more to explore spatial composition and how we can play with narrative cohesion. The pair of artists have distinctly different approaches to making film but both will be equally fascinating to watch and hear for any cinephile.

Alia Syed and Ursula Mayer’s films will be screened at the Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle on Wednesday 7th October.

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