7° Underneath the Floorboards (UK)

From April 28th until May 28th, 2021
Curated by: Pablo Robertson de Unamuno

Part 1
Edwin Miles / Anisa Hodzic / Steven McInerney & Ben Kreukniet / Jan Locus / Alena Kroker & Connie Gegenfurter / Fritz Polzer / Caryn Cline / Mary Trunk / Martina Morger / Ed Barnett.

Part 2
Chiara Ferretti / Zara Joan Miller / Alex Broadwell / James Edmonds / Karan Talwar / Christopher Gorski / Amande Valle / Simon Gerbaud / Francesca Pazniokas / Grace E Mitchell / Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė

VisualcontainerTV presents the last edition of Underneath the Floorboards Festival.
The festival is focused on presenting work from artists who express themselves in an experimental, innovative, and non-linear manner.
A videoart screening about 21 artists from all over the world, more than 2 hours of screening for all the videoart lovers and researcher.

Part 1

  1. Domestic Inventory: Edwin Miles (3.44)
    In three 360° cycles, the filmmaker looks around the living room in his new flat while the act of looking and experiencing become intertwined.
  2. Prazan Hod: Anisa Hodzic (5.21)
    Prazan Hod, is an experimental film about the dualities of physical forms of love, consumption and decay. Commenting on the entrapment and binds of culture, the binaries of man and woman, and the attempt to escape it all.
  3. In Our Minds Eye: Steven McInerney & Ben Kreukniet (4.00)
    An audiovisual collaboration combining light and sound synthesis exploring the notion that a dominant percentage of reality consists of what we cannot directly observe and only perceive in our mind’s eye.
  4. Masters of the Land: Jan Locus (14.00)
    The rise of mining made post-communist Mongolia the fastest growing economy in the world in 2012. However, the poor were not profiting from this booming industry, and climate change plus overgrazing were leading to vast desertification. According to Mongolian shamanistic belief violation of nature by men provokes the anger of the ruling spirits or the ‘masters of the land’. Texts by shamaness Kyrgys Khurak and Hungarian poet Ferenc Juhasz, who experienced the painful initiation of a shaman in 1957, cut the medium-long shots. Interweaving the rich spiritual Mongol tradition with a visual portrait of the country.
  1. Old too Young: Alena Kroker & Connie Gegenfurter (1.12)
    A tee rose unfolds and with it the dream of a cross-generational band within the lushest green. A fashion clip based on the collection of Markéta Kaplanová.
  2. Do you Mean Lady Gaga: Fritz Polzer (4.38)
    ‘Do you mean Lady Gaga’ is about the experience of the term ‘neo-liberal’. Coined for a type of laissez-faire economic policy, it became a porte-manteau for all sorts of contemporary ills and like the colour taupe, it means everything to everybody, it is the ultimate slur that will be used by Marxists and right-wing QAnon supporters alike and its constant catch-all use – for me – has become a trope of neo-liberalism itself, as it is dislocated from its original meaning and illustrates capitalism’s ability to commodify all, even criticism of itself.
  3. Film Tattoo, 3.10: Caryn Cline (3.10)
    A handmade-in-quarantine botanicollage camera roll film: 16mm black emulsion leader, the length of my garden bed, was sprayed with water and scratched between two garden stones. The scratched frames were then filled with plants from my yard and re-photographed on an optical printer using 50D film at 3 frames too.
  4. Falling, 5.19: Mary Trunk (5.19)
    Experimental movement video.
  5. Lèche-Vitrines, Martina Morger (16.47)
    Lèche-Vitrines was a performance in the public space of Paris during the confinement period as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    According to the French phrase for ‘window shopping’, which literally translates to ‘window licking’, Martina Morger strolls around the streets of Marais, one of the most fashionable districts, inspects the products on display and licks the separating glass. With the objects of desire being both daily life as well as luxury products, Lèche-Vitrine depicts an absurd pursuit for individualism inside a capitalised environment.
  6. Once you cut wholes, Ed Barnett (1.00)
    A short poetry film, dialling into family trauma.

Part 2

  1. Rimanenze di Novembre, Chiara Ferretti (1.20)
    The paths we know change skin if observed from the camera, they can project our deepest moods. My gaze in November was in research and everything felt very intense. Nature and everything else was very inaccessible. I was alone and everything was mundane and routine like. My November was especially like that…foggy, lonely but always eager for poetry.
  2. Soft Rio, Zara Joan Miller (4.20)
    Soft Rio plays between erotic and erratic productions of layered movement and sound. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s 1978 essay “Uses of the Erotic”, the film was shot on the stage of the Rio Cinema in London (once a striptease stage).
  3. Unincorporated, CA, Alex Broadwell (8.00)
    Inspired by living in an area a Los Angeles historian correctly feared would soon have its beauty smothered by real estate, this film deals with destructive acts of construction and the eerie wound inherent in nostalgia.
  4. A Return, James Edmonds (6.00)
    To return again. To re-align is the object of these visits, perhaps. Geography of origin becoming catalyst for an inner re-alignment with the secret, private, unspoken work of one’s being. Peering into layers, sliding planes of windows and time, the fragmentary gesture of the dance.
    A series of rapid contrasts, a synthesis of elemental and everyday experience.
    Structures shift and intermingle, two worlds become one.
  5. 16mm Selfie, Karan Talwar (3.05)
    All the world’s a selfie and everyone’s a troll.
    16mm selfie was made using 16mm film footage from the 1950’s found in forgotten corners of storages in Mumbai’s Thieves Market.
  6. Constant Agitation, Christopher Gorski (7.20)
    A film without a camera, a reassemblage of images and memory.
  7. Back in Island, Amande Valle (4.13)
    Back in Island is a short film exploring the creative journey of artist Amanda Valle as she returns to her home in the Dominican Republic. Following an emotionally draining period, Amanda seeks comfort in the local culture by immersing herself in the colours and textures that were once so familiar. A journey of self-discovery, the short film became the main source of inspiration for the artist’s new series composed of twelve paintings.
  8. Clinamen, Simon Gerbaud (7.05)
    Misunderstanding of the / movement, furious / joy / The crafty medulla / flew without head. Stammering of the / disappearance, comfort / of the touch / Everything is good / Good.
  9. 6FT. Francesca Pazniokas (5.41)
    6FT. is a surreal fever-dream of a short film, in which an isolated creature struggles to break free from the safety and suffocation of its forced seclusion. Created as a collaboration between artists in Brooklyn and London, 6FT. is about loneliness, connection, and our separate-but-shared quarantine experiences.
  10. Go Easy, Grace E Mitchell (7.00)
    “Where’s your hole?”
    “Right here.”
  11. The Bearers of Memories, Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė (13.17)
    With every moment – one more memory. But memory sometimes goes blind and what is left becomes hazy.

Underneath the Floorboards is a platform that showcases videoart, visual arts, experimental film and documentary along with animation work. We mix work from UK and international visual artists from around the world. We focus on presenting work from artists who express themselves in an experimental, innovative and non-linear manner. We show a wide range of work from people from different ethnic, class, gender and sexual orientated backgrounds who cover a wide range of subjects.
Our goal is to showcase novel inventive contemporary, avant-garde work that creates a new and innovative language that transcends the realms of linear visual expression.