Photo: Vertigo Sea, John Akomfrah 2015, Courtesy of The Lisson Gallery

John Akomfrah / Vertigo Sea

Artist Talk
Bildmuseet, Umeå university
October 24, 12.00-17.00, 2015

British artist and film maker John Akomfrah will talk about his work as an artist and the Black Audio Film Collective, as well as his collaborations with Smoking Dogs Films. Lina Gopaul and David Lawson of Smoking Dogs Films will also be taking part. Language: English

Note: Free admission, but pre-booking is required.

Bildmuseet, Umeå university
October 25, 14.00-15.00, 2015

Opening reception of Vertigo Sea, John Akomfrah’s new three-channel film installation. The film installation is screened in a darkened exhibition hall on the basement floor, specially built for the purpose and John Akomfrah will make a public presentation.


October 24

12:00-12:50 Preview of Vertigo Sea

13.00-13.10 Welcome by Katarina Pierre, Director Bildmuseet

13.10-14.10 Another history is always possible
Artist John Akomfrah in conversation with Livia Paldi, Director BAC–Baltic Art Center

14.10-14.40 Coffee

14.40 -15.20 Do it yourself or in collaboration?
Artist John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul and David Lawson from Smoking Dogs Films about the collaborative aspects of their work.
Moderator: Katarina Pierre, Bildmuseet

15.20-17.00 Screenings: Handsworth Songs (1986) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013).

October 25

14:00 Welcome från director Katarina Pierre

14:10 John Akomfrah makes a presentation of Vertigo Sea

14:30 Swedish premiere of Vertigo Sea (48 min), which will be screened continuously during Bildmuseet’s opening hours


In collaboration with BAC–Baltic Art Center, the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and Humlab-X, Umeå University.

Vertigo Sea forms a meditation on man’s relationship with the sea: on the role of the sea for migration, in war and conflict, for the history of slavery and colonization. It is a narrative on man and nature, on beauty, violence and on the precariousness of life. Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick and Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation are two literary points of reference. Vertigo Sea premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale, All the World's Futures. As a first touring venue, the work is now presented at Bildmuseet in collaboration with BAC–Baltic Art Center. Production: Smoking Dogs Films.

Photo: Vertigo Sea, John Akomfrah 2015, Courtesy of The Lisson Gallery


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