Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation

Spotlight Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 22 October 2016 to Sunday 4 June 2017

A new display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will tell the story of experimental filmmaking in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day. The exhibition has been curated by Suzie Plumb, Royal Pavilion & Museum’s (RPM) Curator of Film, Media and Toys, and Jamie Wyld, Director of videoclub.

Unknown to many, both Brighton and Hove have played a rich and important part in international film history. Early filmmaking pioneers including George Albert Smith and James Williamson, who became known as the Brighton School and worked in Brighton at the turn of the 20th century, while Modern and contemporary filmmakers and moving image artists – like Jeff KeenBen Wheatley and Ben Rivers – have cemented the city’s status as a hotbed of experimental film.

Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation will explore Brighton & Hove’s success as a place for experimental film-making, and its significance nationally and internationally.

The display is part of RPM’s John Ellerman Foundation-funded project ‘Film Pioneers’, which aims to develop curatorial skills by enabling staff at the museum to research, display and document the city’s Film & Media collections.

Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation has been made possible due to the support of the John Ellerman Foundation, and Arts Council England. It has been created in partnership with videoclub, Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, LighthouseCinecity, and the British Library.

Co-produced by This is Wyld.