CHANNELING INGRID
Jody Shapiro

Art Cinema is a production company devoted to crafting and generating high quality cutting-edge and immersive creative content in the fields of film, performing and applied arts as well as publishing.

Collaborating with key institutions, artists, directors and designers worldwide, our approach to concept design, exhibition curation and film making creates a synergy between these media to meet the ever growing and diverse audience demands, whilst fostering an environment for creativity and innovation to flourish.

Founded with rebellious spirit and ambitious objectives, the company strives to create content that informs and inspires, challenges pre-conceptions and stimulate appreciation for art in all its forms of expression, delivered to the highest professional standards.

What’s On?

ghost within
A FILM BY KEN MCMULLEN FEATURING SIR IAN MCKELLEN

 

“Hamlet Revenant is the emerging cinematic form, a visual and dramatic evocation of preconscious and unconscious impulses that lie latent beneath words”

Ken McMullen’s adaptation of Hamlet is a radical cinematic re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play focused on creating a highly compelling visual score.

Over the past few years Ken McMullen has brought together a renowned group of actors, artists, international thinkers and high-level cinema technicians to carry out ‘concrete’, recorded research in a filmed process exploring the chasm between language, image and meaning.

This exploration aims to be resolved in a time-based moving-image work. As its focus this work began to explore, in close readings and dissections, the text of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other closely related texts.

Release date December 2020

AVANT-GARDE Cinema
PATRICK HAAS

 

 

” In turn or in parallel, cinema became Futurist, Cubist, Dadaist, Constructivist, abstract and surrealist… Freedom was these “artists-filmmakers” priority. “

During the roaring twenties a number of artists rebelled against moral, cultural and artistic conventions, challenging the traditional hierarchy between the arts : amongst others, Marcel Duchamp, László Moholy-Nagy, Luis Buñuel, Hans Richter, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Len Lye, Man Ray, Walter Ruttmann, Dziga Vertov. They refused to reduce cinema to a documentary technique used to capture reality and to a narrative device modelled on Hollywood’s stereotypical stories. They thought of cinema as an art form, endlessly experimenting with the camera. Doing so, they turned cinema into a lab for artistic experimentations and echoed the other artistic avant-garde of the beginning of the 20th century.

Release date: Date to be announced soon
Price: TBC

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art

 

I thought i knew you

 

Opening Date: TBC

Ben: the successful gay art dealer with a painful past. Hans, his feted artist lover with an imminent career-defining show. Frank, his contrary father who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Meet an unconventional family living under one terribly stylish roof. But as Frank’s condition worsens, bringing with it chaos, inspiration and everything in between, the emotional turmoil causes Ben to reassess whether this family is better off apart…

I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU is a warm comedy drama about family relationships; trying – and often failing – to do the right thing, forgiving each other for past wrongs, and the life-altering experience of looking after an ailing, elderly parent. Always brutally honest but honestly funny, the film shows that the darkest of times can be overcome by love, laughter and a mind open to beauty.

 

I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU is a film about trying to forgive and trying not to forget. Ben appears to have everything: a great job, money and the social life that goes with it, a beautiful house and, most of all, a handsome, talented and loving boyfriend. But enter his aggressive and bigoted father Frank, and unresolved and painful issues come flooding back to pollute the comfortable life Ben has created for himself. This is a darkly comic yet deeply moving story of fraught family relations and the suffering caused by having never been accepted by a parent.

 

THE dIANe VENEt JeWeLLERY COLLECTion
a JEWELLERY cOLLECTION MadE BY 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES ARTISTS FROM PICASSO TO JEFF KOONS

 

“A piece of “artist’s jewellery,” like a painting or a sculpture, is a work of art. Springing from the same creative approach, it possesses the same force, poetry and ability to provoke, sometimes even the same humor. It is only their ultimate purpose that distinguishes one from the other.”

Dates to be announced soon

ALCHEMy and iNTuiTIon
CELEBRATING THE JEWELLERY OF SHAUN LEANE  with  PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANN RAY

 

While working as a goldsmith in Hatton Garden, Shaun Leane began a long-standing collaboration with the late Lee Alexander McQueen. United by a shared passion for craftsmanship, together they created breathtaking, provocative catwalk jewels with iconic status.Exploring the role of the jewel, they challenged femininity and fashion, and the perceptions of form, preciousness and meaning.

Please join us to a must-see group show of photorapher Ann Ray and jewellery designer Shaun Leane while celebrating his upcoming book.

London and New York Dates to be announced soon, 2020

PSYCHOSOMATICA
a SONG CYCLE FOR SINGER AND PSYCHIATRIST BY JOCELYN POOK

The power of mind, the power of thought and the power of emotion trigger a chemical reaction in the body. This is a point where the unconscious takes over and the body reacts of its own volition with a physical symptom.

Pschosomatica explores manifestations of psychological trauma, and its overwhelming prevalence on human health -and consequently behavior- in contemporary society. It is a stage-essay preoccupied with the power of the mind, and its interplay with the body as referred to today in medical terminology as psychosomatic phenomena. The result is a humanistic attempt aiming at redefining the blurring lines between the concepts of physical illness and that of mental wellbeing.

To articulate the ‘unexplained physiological happenings’ featured in the interviews, Jocelyn Pook has created a series of musical movements interspersing observations of Dr Stéphanie Courtade with the ‘patients’ own stories – the music and lyricism of narrative, in constant dialogue with the moving image element generate an evocative immersive experience of what it’s like to live with psychological distress, breaking through to the corporeal self.

Currently in production

SIMON LEE PROJECT
KURT WEILL SONGS

“Music can only express human sentiments. Often, it is true, these sentiments arise out of the political tendencies of an epoch. For this reason Beethoven’s music is different from Mozart’s, since by Beethoven’s time a new idea of democracy, not known in Mozart’s era, had arisen. But this is all merely historical. No music of any value can be written on a purely political basis, as some of the moderns in Russia and Germany would have us believe. Nor would I ever compose a single bar for esthetic reasons in order to try to create a new style. I write to express human emotions, solely. If music is really human, it doesn’t matter to me how it is conveyed.” Kurt Weill

Simon Lee is writing a new orchestration of Weill’s work, with an emphasis on his European output.

The nature of the material, and the freedom that the passing of the copyright into public domain allows, means that these performances could potentially take many forms – from simple chamber concerts for the ensemble, to larger, more symphonic concerts that still feature the core ensemble and any such incarnations would of course only benefit from the addition of film/projections, lighting, sound and ‘environment’ elements.

There also seems, to us, in a zeitgeist way, that there is an extraordinary resonance in this material with the current global political and migration crises. The repertoire will include Weill’s ‘greatest hits’ reimagined – Mack the Knife, Surabaya Johnny, September Song, Saga of Jenny, Speak Low – as well as the less familiar, including some of his French songs.

Pre-production for recording

Exhibitions

Licence to dream


Collages and PHOTOGRAPHic works BY ANN RAY

“Don’t you dare to step into my dreams unless you have been invited to.

Now you know.” Ann Ray

Ray used the confinement in Paris to keep working in her atelier on her first series of collages – initiated in 2019. A few collages will be exhibitied as a worldwide premiere, along with various photographic works at the Gallery Sabine Knust, Munich.

View the Invitation

Exhibition: 15th October – 28th November 2020 

Gallery Sabine Knust

Ludwigstraße 7, 80539 München, Germany

 

ALCHEMY AND INTUITION 


CELEBRATING THE JEWELLERY OF SHAUN LEANE  with  PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANN RAY

While working as a goldsmith in Hatton Garden, Shaun Leane began a long-standing collaboration with the late Lee Alexander McQueen. United by a shared passion for craftsmanship, together they created breathtaking, provocative catwalk jewels with iconic status.Exploring the role of the jewel, they challenged femininity and fashion, and the perceptions of form, preciousness and meaning.

Please join us to a must-see group show of photographer Ann Ray and jewellery designer Shaun Leane while celebrating his upcoming book.

London and New York Dates to be announced soon, 2020

THE dIANe VENEt JeWeLLERY COLLECTion
a JEWELLERY cOLLECTION MadE BY 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES ARTISTS FROM PICASSO TO JEFF KOONS

“A piece of “artist’s jewellery,” like a painting or a sculpture, is a work of art. Springing from the same creative approach, it possesses the same force, poetry and ability to provoke, sometimes even the same humor. It is only their ultimate purpose that distinguishes one from the other.”

Dates to be announced soon

rendez – vous
ann ray and mcqueen

You know, it was simple. He was part of my life, we loved each other, I had rendez-vous…” Ann Ray 

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Barrett Barrera Projects is proud to present a new selection of pictures that explores the thirteen-year friendship and intimate creative collaboration between the late British designer Lee Alexander McQueen and French photographer Ann Ray, who McQueen personally selected to document his design process and the behind-the-scenes experience of his runway shows.

The exhibition features photographs taken by Ray, reflecting her unique relationship with McQueen between the years of 1997 and 2010, alongside garments McQueen gifted to her over the course of their work together.

 

View the Invitation
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Exhibition: 5th October 2019 to 15th February 2020

Barrett Barrera Projects

4568 Manchester AvenueSaint Louis, MO 63110

ANN RAY AT Mcqueen london
stories and processes behind the creation

”For people who know McQueen, there is always an underlying message. It’s usually only the intellectual ones who understand what’s going on in what I do.” Alexander McQueen 

Art Cinema is proud to announce that Ann Ray’s work is shown at the McQueen London Flagship store. The exhibition is focused on the stories and processes behind the creation of specific looks/collections from concept to final product.It is really about work in progress and how the collections come together so showing contact sheets works nicely within that theme. 

Exhibition: Dates TBC

Alexander McQueen

27 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4QE

Gravitas
Lee alexander Mcqueen by Ann Ray

”…the semblance of silence and the almost immobile, to transmit fragments of anything as long as they are human, sincere and genuine, to picture the working drawing, the almost, the not-yeti the invisible, the unexpected, the beauty, the grotesque, and the terrible, the fragile, the cracked, the marvelled, the terrified and unfinished, to show the dark side of the moon, the flickering splendour of souls and the stubborn folly the damaged works that unsettle and stand up to time” Ann Ray 

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Galerie de la Béraudière is proud to present a new selection of pictures that highlight the Alexander McQueen’s obsessions. The photographer’s eye reveals with great humanity McQueen’s world, somewhere between illusion and reality. With great talent, Ann Ray captures the silence and immobility perceptible in the most hectic moments

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Exhibition: 25th of April until 12th of July 2019

Galerie de la Béraudière

6 rue Jacques Jordaens, 1000 Brussels Tel: +32 2 646 92 15
Mail: galerie@delaberaudiere.com Website: www.delaberaudiere.com

blind faith
 exhibition by Ann Ray

“This is my contribution to the world: a licence to dream” Ann Ray

Art Cinema is delighted to present BLIND FAITH, an exhibition of photography by French artist and filmmaker Ann Ray. Shot over the past fourteen years, the exhibition features numerous encounters between Ray and a wide range of art practitioners, from actors, writers, choreographers, dancers, filmmakers, composers, such as Willem Dafoe, Alexander McQueen and Mikhail Baryshnikov amongst others. The photographer’s brief is to pose with the eyes shut, with the intention to convey a subliminal truth, one which demands the silencing of the sight, as a form of interference. It is said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul but maybe there is another conduit to decipher the most intimate thoughts, dreams and feelings. This is Ray’s attempt to offer an insight into the abstract, the invisible and the unsaid, for a better understanding of human nature.

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Exhibition: April 18th-June 2nd 2019

Ca’ Pesaro
Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Santa Croce 2076,
30135 Venezia, Italy

Unfinished
Lee Mcqueen by Ann Ray

”I want to tell the truth about Lee, the truth of Lee: He was a man of art, of great beauty. He asked me to photograph everything, anything, without boundaries, with an open heart. Lee was not really a fashion designer, nor an artist: he was truly and simply a poet. I want to bring to light the intricate facets of a wonderful and complex man. It is impossible to understand the oeuvre without understanding the man. This is the man as I knew: this is the truth of the legend” Ann Ray 2017

Art Cinema in collaboration with the Festival des rencontres de la photographie de Arles are proud to present ‘The Unfinished’, an exhibition of photography, moving image and mixed media featuring for the first time ever a selection of works from Ann Ray’s extensive photographic archives documenting her close friendship with the late Icon of British Fashion, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Curated by the maverick Sam Stourdze, the show explores, on the one hand, Lee’s incommensurable patrimony through the study of his artistic inclinations and inspirations; and, on the other hand, the friendship and creative collaboration between Lee and Ray. Thirteen chapters portray the genius and graceful spirit that animated the two artists, leading to some of the most iconic pictures of our time.

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Exhibition: July 2nd – September 23rd 2018

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Atelier Des Forges
33 avenue Victor Hugo
13200 Arles, France

Art Cinema with the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival present in China ‘The Unfinished – Lee Mcqueen’.

Jimei x Arles was co-created in 2015 by pioneer Chinese photographer RongRong (founder of China’s first ever photography museum, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre) and Sam Stourdzé, the director of Rencontres d’Arles, Jimei × Arles has grown to become an unmissable event for photo lovers in China. The festival  brings together photographers from around the world whilst providing a platform for new Chinese Photography. ‘The Unfinished’ is one of eight exhibitions shown during the summer at Rencontres d’Arles that has travelled to China. During his first official visit to China in January 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron recognised the festival as a unique example of Sino-French cultural cooperation.

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Exhibition:  November 23rd 2018- January 2nd 2019

Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival
Jimei Citizen Square Exhibition Hall
Jimei District
Xiamen, China

Films

Art Cinema is pleased to present:

I thought i knew you

 

Opening Date: TBC

Ben: the successful gay art dealer with a painful past. Hans, his feted artist lover with an imminent career-defining show. Frank, his contrary father who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Meet an unconventional family living under one terribly stylish roof. But as Frank’s condition worsens, bringing with it chaos, inspiration and everything in between, the emotional turmoil causes Ben to reassess whether this family is better off apart…

I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU is a warm comedy drama about family relationships; trying – and often failing – to do the right thing, forgiving each other for past wrongs, and the life-altering experience of looking after an ailing, elderly parent. Always brutally honest but honestly funny, the film shows that the darkest of times can be overcome by love, laughter and a mind open to beauty.

 

I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU is a film about trying to forgive and trying not to forget. Ben appears to have everything: a great job, money and the social life that goes with it, a beautiful house and, most of all, a handsome, talented and loving boyfriend. But enter his aggressive and bigoted father Frank, and unresolved and painful issues come flooding back to pollute the comfortable life Ben has created for himself. This is a darkly comic yet deeply moving story of fraught family relations and the suffering caused by having never been accepted by a parent.

 

 

GHOST WITHIN

 

Opening Date: December 2020

Ken McMullen’s adaptation of Hamlet is a radical cinematic re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic play focused on creating a highly compelling visual score.

Over the past few years Ken McMullen has brought together a renowned group of actors, artists, international thinkers and high-level cinema technicians to carry out ‘concrete’, recorded research in a filmed process exploring the chasm between language, image and meaning.

This exploration aims to be resolved in a time-based moving-image work. As its focus this work began to explore, in close readings and dissections, the text of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and other closely related texts.

Hamlet Revenant is the emerging cinematic form, a visual and dramatic evocation of preconscious and unconscious impulses that lie latent beneath words.

 

WAR WORK: 8 Songs with Film
by mICHAEL NYMAN

Art Cinema and Marquee TV are proud to announce the digital release of War Work: Eight Songs with Film, Michael Nyman’s creation commemorating the centenary of the First World War. A total artwork, it combines various visual, poetic and musical archives.

Eight songs form a song cycle inspired by the Belgian Gaston de Ruyter’s Chansons Vieilles sur d’Autres Airs (old songs to other tunes). Poems written by poets who all died during the war, except David Bomberg, are set to music based on emblematic tunes by Beethoven, Rossini, Schubert, Chopin and others.

Without a voice-over, War Work reveals the potency of images from German and French First World War film archives which have rarely been seen. The film element, edited by Max Pugh, unearths the bodies of war – mutilated and disfigured soldiers – which have too often been forgotten. War Work does not show the slaughter but the effects of war and its memory: the psychological trauma and the physical wounds caused by a humanitarian disaster after which nothing would be the same again.

“It’s a film without any dialogue, commentary or interviews, and it is basically raw visual material and raw sound material. It’s a thrilling way of making a film and a thrilling way of using images with intelligence. 

“This kind of stream of consciousness approach of being a quasi-documentary maker I think has been the most thrilling film project I’ve ever been involved with, and now I have a real appetite for taking this approach and making other films with available documentation.” Michael Nyman 2018

Digital release: Marquee TV, December 15th 2018

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Publications

Art Cinema is proud to present
Avant-garde Cinema
Patrick de Haas

Avant-garde Cinema
pAtrick de haas

Release date: Date to be announced soon
Price: TBC

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art

Art Cinema is proud to present
‘Les Inacheves’
a publication of photography to accompany the exhibition

Unfinished
Lee Mcqueen by Ann Ray

Release date: June 21st 2018
Edition Number: 2000
Price: €39

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art
Available at the
Festival des Rencontres Photographiques de Arles
Librairie des Rencontres d’Arles
2 Rue du Moulin
13200 Arles France
N°ISBN 978-2-9539762-1-2

Printed by STIPA, Montreuil, France.
With the generous support of 23 Capital, La Mode en Images, and the Private Art Collection of Florence & Damien Bachelot.

Art Cinema are delighted to publish
Picasso-Godard
Collage(s)

JEAN-LUC GODARD ET PABLO PICASSO.
WITH WORKS BY ALAIN BERGALA, ANGE LECCIA,
JEAN-DANIEL POLLET AND ANDRÉ VILLERS.

Curated by Dominique Païni an exhibition exploring the relationships between the filmmaker and the painter’s work. The exhibition sheds light on a method they shared-collage, and suggests surprising iconographic coincidences.

Exhibition: July 2nd – September 23rd 2018

Les Rencontres d’Arles
Abbaye de Montmajour
Route de Fontvielle
13200 Arles

Release date: June 2018
Edition Number: 1000
Language: French
Price: €29

For orders and general enquiries, please email: info@artcinema.art

Available at the
Festival des Rencontres Photographiques de Arles
Librairie des Rencontres d’Arles
2 Rue du Moulin
13200 Arles France
NoISBN 978-1-9164058-0-6

Printed by STIPA, Montreuil, France
The exhibition is produced by the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN), the Rencontres d’Arles, with support from the Musée national Picasso, Paris and the Swiss Confederation.

Our Team

Myriam Blundell Phillips is the founder and the managing director of Art Cinema. An international impresario and independent multi-media producer, her experience encompasses inter-disciplinary curatorial consultation and talent management as well as content conceptualization and production. Between 2005 and 2016, Blundell Phillips ran her own talent management agency providing both commercial and creative guidance to an eclectic pool of artists, including internationally acclaimed British composer Michael Nyman (for whom she acted as global manager and producer); Belgian artist, writer and theatre director Jan Fabre, British filmmaker Martha Fiennes, Canadian artist and filmmaker Jody Shapiro and French artist Ann Ray. Since 2011, Ms Blundell Phillips produced and released two art house documentaries entitled: NYman with a Movie Camera and “War Work”. Her previous non-executive achievements include leading the Friends of Signy and Olaf Willums Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, sitting as the founding chair of the international collectors forum as well as joining the board of trustees the Contemporary Art Society in London.myriam@artcinema.art

Dominique Païni is the former head of the Cinémathèque Française and director of multidisciplinary projects and Film at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He brings an extensive and wealth of knowledge of curating the intersection between visual arts and film. His expérience as a seasoned essay writer and publisher is a huge contribution to Art Cinema’s focus on producing the highest standards possibly achievable in the fields of writings and Publishing. Dominique Païni’s latest exhibition Godard- Picasso : Collages is currently on display at the Festival des rencontres Photogrpahique d’Arles until September 23rd 2018.
dominique@artcinema.art

Topi Lehtipuu In addition to a career as a tenor of international renown, Topi has developed a sharp expertise in conceiving and producing high-caliber productions involving multi-disicplinary approach to culture promotion.  He was Director of the Helsinki Festival from 2015 to 2018 following on  artistic directorship of Turku Music Festival as well as of Joroinen Music Days, a chamber music festival in eastern Finland.

topi@artcinema.art

Alix Agret is an art historian. She holds a MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a PhD in Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art. Visual culture, representations of the body and eroticism were at the core of the MA in History and the MA in Film Studies she earned in France (Paris-Sorbonne University and Paris West University Nanterre la Défense). She has worked as an assistant curator on several exhibitions in France. She regularly writes articles for art magazines.
alix@artcinema.art

Elif Karlidag has a background in composition and music business with a classical music education in piano, composition and conducting. She has worked as a performer and she also has experience working with artists, musicians and establishments, planning, project managing and curating events. As Arts Cinema’s creative producer she is responsible to work within PR and marketing where she creates, develops and produces content and strategy across all media.
elif@artcinema.art

Julia Burbach is a stage director and creative producer, having worked in a broad range of artistic fields including fine art, theatre, dance, film and most prominently opera in the U.K. and internationally. She has a long standing working relationship with the Royal Opera House, where she was a Staff Director from 2005 until 2021. At the 2019 International Opera Awards she was nominated as Best Newcomer. Recent and upcoming productions include, Semele ( Shanghai International Arts Festival), Die Walküre (Opéra National de Bordeaux), Edmea ( Wexford Opera Festival) and Onegin ( Opera Holland Park).

julia@artcinema.art

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