09 October - 23 December 2018
10:00 - 18:00
Big Screen, Focal Point Gallery, Elmer Avenue, Southend-on-Sea

EYECATCHER IV is a programme of moving image including work by filmmaker Amir George and artist Sophie Hoyle, presented alongside Lindsay Seers, ‘Every Thought There Ever Was’ at Focal Point Gallery. This continued moving image programme seeks to provide focus for the work of artist filmmakers with the provision of a platform for the daily screening of moving image in the public realm and refers to the motif of the Big Screen as a feature that commands or enhances our attention as we enter Elmer Square. As a permanent outdoor video screen curated by Focal Point Gallery, each series is chosen to reflect the current concerns of the gallery programme.

Amir George is a filmmaker and curator, based in Chicago. She is the founder of The Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organisation, and co-founder, with Curator Erin Christovale, of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental short film series. As an artist, George’s films have screened at institutions and film festivals including Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Anthology Film Archives, Glasgow School of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Arts Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago, MoMa PS1, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Afrikana Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival, among others.

Sophie Hoyle is an artist and writer whose current practice explores the relation of the personal to (and as) political, and how alliances can be formed where different kinds of inequality and marginalisation intersect. They relate personal experiences of being queer, non-binary and part of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) diaspora to wider forms of structural violence. From lived experience of psychiatric conditions and trauma, or PTSD, they began to explore how psychiatric conditions do not have to be individualised or de-politicised as often represented, and to research the history of biomedical technologies rooted in state and military surveillance and control.

Upon the successive screening of four EYECATCHER series, each participating artist will be considered for a new Big Screen commission in 2019, with the opportunity to further develop their practice. To see details on the previous programme, please click here.