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Peter Todd - Artist talk

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Fri 29 June // 19:00 / Cinema

Tickets: £6/£5

Artist Peter Todd returns to Newcastle with an illustrated talk describing his practice as a film-maker and collaborator. Todd was a key figure in the development of artist led spaces and film culture in Newcastle and will be showing a selection of his film works as part of this event.

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B I O G R A P H Y

Peter Todd is an artist working in film, curated and collaborative projects.

His films include NOW (2015); Room Window Sea Sky (2014); Untitled (2012); We Saw (2009); An Office Worker Thinks of Their Love, and Home (2003); For You (2000); Out (1990) all on 16mm film.

Curating includes the project Through A Different Lens / Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul (2015) for Circuit New Zealand and the two programme screening of films at the Whitechapel Gallery London Place of Work in 2013. Earlier works include three programmes of films Garden Pieces at BFI Southbank in 2009 developing from an earlier single screen touring work in 2001; the evolving series of programmes Film Poems (1-4, 1998-2003); the retrospective at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2004 and accompanying international touring exhibition of work by the film maker and poet Margaret Tait for LUX. Basement Basement (2007) a celebration of the artist run space Ayton Basement in Newcastle he helped set up in 1976 included works across, sound, performance, film and video. He has presented screenings of work by Margaret Tait including in 2016 at BAFICI Buenos Aires, and earlier: MoMA New York, MIFF Mumbai, Tate Modern London, and informal spaces.

Collaborative projects include; Conversation (2016) presented at the Arnolfini Bristol, Into View (2008) presented at the Goethe Institute in London and Kino Arsenal in Berlin, and That A Thing Once Happened Has Happened For Always: Films by Ute Aurand, Peter Todd, Margaret Tait (2016) at Close-Up London, Open Doors (2017) at Light Movement Berlin, all with Ute Aurand; and The Room (2008-) with Luke Fowler and Keith Rowe first presented at Tate Modern. He co-edited Subjects and Sequences A Margaret Tait Reader (LUX 2004) with Benjamin Cook.

Writing includes Carta a Jeannette Muñoz / Letter to Jeannette Muñoz (in Jeannette Muñoz. El Paisaje Como Un Mar / The Landscape As A Sea. 2017). On Showing a Film Some Thoughts and Voices (Vertigo Spring. 2009) Films Like Poems, Films Like Music, Films Like Films (Film Poems programme notes, doubles as issue 4 of Poem Film Film Poem. 1999).

He studied Fine Art at the Polytechnic of Newcastle Upon Tyne where he was active in the art and film scene helping set up Ayton Basement, the Basement Group, and Trade Films amongst other activities.

“Much of my work inhabits an emotional and intuitive space that I can not put in words.” PT. March. 2015.

“ The objects that he has filmed, his house, a tree, a street, the underground are things that we come across every day and that seem to have come into the film by some chance operation. But he films these things with such determination, and with so much respect for their being that it seems as if they themselves had decided on the framing and the length of image and their place in the film and the filmmaker had only very conscientiously fulfilled their demands”. Renate Sami. Filmsamstag. Berlin. 2005.

“An artist rooted firmly in the moment”. William Fowler. 58th BFI London Film Festival. 2014.

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There will be a linked screening at Tyneside Cinema on 28th June, featuring a programme of films by Joanna Margaret Paul and curated by Peter Todd.

For more details and tickets please visit

https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/through-different-lens-film-work-joanna-margaret-paul