CAST Film Club this month features films by two artists whose work shows an abiding fascination with history.
Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal is best known as a painter, but he has also written and directed four feature-length films. The short film selected for the screening at CAST focuses on the figure of Columbus, the first exporter of Catholicism to the Americas, extending the artist’s long-term fascination with the Catholic Church, especially its symbolic and emotional stronghold in his native Poland. Sasnal interleaves sections of film with title cards telling the story of Columbus’s voyage to the New World, in a series of laconic statements in which historical fact blurs with otherworldly fable.
For In the Air, the New York-based artist T.J. Wilcox created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which filled most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2013. Wilcox revisited the ‘cinema in-the-round’ panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology.
CAST Café will serve food from 6.30pm, something hot and something sweet for £6.
CAST’s public programme for 2015/16 is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, using funds from the National Lottery.
CAST Film Club programme is curated by Kelly Taylor.