Serpentine Cinema: CINACT - Laure Prouvost and Cara Tolmie

The Gate Cinema 11 Jul 2010 Free

Screenings of films by Laure Prouvost and Cara Tolmie.

CINACT was a series of monthly artists’ film screenings and events at The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill. It took its name from American artist Henry Flynt’s 2007 cinema manifesto.

Laure Prouvost


2009, 9mins, HDCAM, colour, sound

Recent winner of the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Principal Prize, Monolog is a playful interrogation of the relationships between director, performer, audience and the architecture of viewing. Experimenting with the notion of a captive cinema audience, its wry humour and fast-paced editing directly, whilst not didactically, explore the structures of spectatorship.

Laure Prouvost (1978, Lille, France) is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from Central St Martins College of Arts in 2002 and is now completing her MFA at Goldsmiths College. She has been part of the LUX Artist Associate Programme Her work, including painting, video, sound and site-specific works, has exhibited extensively, most recently at BFI, London; Form Content, London; EAST International, Norwich; MOT Gallery, London; Lighthouse, Brighton; Monika Bobinska London; Pulse NY, Zoo Art Fair, LUX, London, NMFP Bradford, Tate Britain. She won the EAST International Award 2009 in Norwich UK. She is also director of, the online platform for artists’ work in moving image, since 2003. Her videos are distributed by LUX.


Cara Tolmie

An evening group and the faceless forefathers

2009, 4:32mins, video, colour, sound

As well as video, Tolmie’s practice also spans installation, performance, music, text and spoken word, constructing fictional narratives that deliberately create an interpretive slippage. In An evening group and the faceless forefathers, the camera pans slowly around a model house, while a questioning voice-over explores the protagonists subjective values of community and belonging, projecting an ambiguous sense of identity onto the empty imagined architecture.

Room Studies

2010, 18mins, video, colour, sound

Camera: Steven Cairns

I can tell you now that there will be

1. Sounds
2. Words
3. Actions
4. Rooms

Shot by Steven Cairns, Room Studies is new video that again utilises architectural models to create evocative environments upon which she overlays spoken word and music. A series of interior ‘sets’ are projected as images on stage while Tolmie performs corresponding texts and sound tracks for each, creating multiple imagined interpretations and observations.

Cara Tolmie was born 1984, Glasgow, and is currently based in London. She graduated in 2005 from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, spent two years on the committee of artist-run gallery Transmission between 2006 and 2008 and is currently one of eight artist’s participating in the LUX Associate Artist’s Programme 2009-10. Recent exhibitions and events include A Midsummer’s day dream, Tramway, Glasgow, 2010; Urlibido, Glasgow, 2010, The Voice is a language, Tramway, Glasgow 2010; 21st Century, Chisenhale, London, 2010; October Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 2009; Grey Matter, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2009 and Event Horizon at GSKcontemporary, Royal Academy, London 2008.


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