Shapeshifters: Experimental Film and Video Artworks

'Van Damme' (still), 2019. Image courtesy of Harley Ives.

Saturday 3 June 2023, 11am & 2pm
66 mins duration  

‘Shapeshifters’ presents the work of Australian moving image artists who have bent, shifted, and danced with the medium of time-based art for the screen from the 1970’s to present. From the slick, lo-fi, hand-held, computer generated, and animated; to the playful, comic, and confessional, the program is a snapshot survey of experimental film and video artworks that have observed, sourced, sampled, and interpreted the media culture of their times.  

Experimental pioneers are presented alongside our contemporary artists. Most celebrated is the creative process, and the artful tricks chosen by the artist to push the limits of their format and the medium. 

Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, ‘Shapeshifters’ is curated by Tara Marynowsky and presented in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive with support from Screen NSW. 

Shapeshifters Program:
4000 Frames, An Eye-Opener Film (1970), Arthur and Corinne Cantrill; Cheap Blonde (1998), Janet Merewether; A Taxi to Temptation & Dial ‘T’ for Terror (1985), Randelli (Robert Randall and Frank Bendinelli); Van Damme (2019), Harley Ives; A Million Angels (c1984), Severed Heads; Future Fallout (2014), Kate Mitchell; Repeats (2000), Daniel Mudie Cunningham; If Pigs Could Fly (1987), Peter Callas; Love Story. Part 4. Femmes De Mode (1984), Randelli (Robert Randall and Frank Bendinelli); The Thief of Sydney (1984), Toby Zoates; and Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1990), Tracey Moffatt.