Super-16mm on HD
An analogue and digital portrait of Jennifer Pike (1919-2016) who together with Antrum, improvises where there is no given narrative: no definitive catalogue or index ‘about’, certainly no script. Instead, the title suggests how a film can be a self-generating catalogue, or alternative index of an artist’s work-history. Here physical filmmaking and friendship suggest a dance – and provide a process history that celebrate film and poetry and Pike’s life of work with visual and verbal abstraction. The film also engages with ideas connected with her partnership and collaborations with Bob Cobbing – instigating creative interruption through the prism of sound, gesture, event and experimentation in the everyday.
Filmed at Petherton Road and Camden Arts Centre, London.
Catalogue (2012-14) has been part of solo exhibitions Catalogue, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2016) and a larger installation solo exhibition, A Diffuse Citizen at Grand Union, Birmingham (2014). It also was the focus of an edition of the Flat Time House / Electra curated events series organised by Claire Louise Staunton and Irene Revell, Someone else can clean up this mess at Flat Time House, which was attended and contributed to by Jennifer Pike (2014).
The film has been screened in the UK and internationally including Making People Up, Curated by Sarah Tripp within AMIF16 (Artist Moving Image Festival 2016), Tramway, Glasgow, The Shift, Flat Time House at South London Gallery (all 2016), Flatness: Index, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, Women’s Filmmaking in Contemporary Britain, BIMI – Birkbeck, London, The London Open, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015; Make Perhaps This Out Sense of Can You (Symposium, Bob Jubile), Chelsea College of Art, London (all 2015) and Outpost, Norwich (2014).
Two editions were released of the publication connected to the film, Outside Noise with an artist essay and contributions by Jonathan P. Watts and George Vasey.
Funded by Elephant Trust and Arts Council England (Bob Jubile, 2013) with support in kind from Jennifer’s family and Camden Arts Centre.