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Art and Culture

Art and Culture


What is the British style? London has always been a hotbed of new trends, and is by far the most stylish European capital. It's no accident that punk, which prompted the biggest stylistic rebellion of the last century, began life in the city.

This documentary will be a lively, entertaining and colorful exploration of Britain's wardrobe and British style. Using some revealing archives that span contemporary modes back to the 1950s, the fashion specialist Loic Prigent uses his sharp eye and shrewd analysis to decode the changes in British dress codes, from uniforms, the aristocracy, lad culture, eccentrics, Anglicism, the British fashion industry, and the ultimate Englishwoman.

DVD / 2017 / 52 minutes

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True identity is found through extraordinary art

Andrew Graham Dixon dissects the art of Scandinavia in a series of three programmes that join the highly successful Art of strand. It's the story of art in a land without light for months on end and of how a landscape (and the art it inspired) gave us 20th Century existentialism.

However it is also the story of eroticism, where the light is white and ultra-brilliant; the world of the Snow Queen and the Ugly Duckling; and of futuristic thinking and optimism that has given us bicycle-riding monarchs, the most democratic social structures, Lego and the Modernism.

This fascinating series travels across Scandinavia to see how the different countries and cultures have contributed to a very distinct art.

Note: This BBC production not available in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, USA, Canada.

DVD / 2016 / 50 minutes

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Faced with racist caricatures, African-American painters decided to present a different image of their community than the one imposed by the degrading stereotypes of a brutally racist society.

Ignored and marginalised, they had to wait a century before they finally won recognition. This film tells the story of how African-American artists took back their image, from the abolition of slavery to the present day.

DVD / 2016 / 52 minutes

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Since 2012, China has been the world number one in art sales. Who are these artists? What drives them and how do they combat censorship?

Contemporary Chinese art was finally able to take off after Mao's death. Artists have revisited Western art and some have hijacked Communist propaganda, adding to it a criticism of the Western consumerism that is sweeping the country. Art is well placed to observe the excesses of Chinese society, and has become the flag bearer for aspirations to freedom. These contemporary works symbolise people's wounds and hardships, and State violence.

Although two artists - Basquiat and Koons - constitute 50% of the American market, China has 47 artists in the top 100, and nearly half them are newcomers.

Through personal encounters with the most original and avant-garde artists, in their workshops or during performances, this film sets out to understand their work and what motivates them, as well as looking at how they fight censorship.

DVD / 2016 / 52 minutes

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By Michael Schindhelm

Art world sensation Ai Weiwei credits him with launching his international career. Renowned pianist Lang Lang describes him as a mentor to Chinese artists. Curator Victoria Lu believes that his taste and influence as a collector has been felt around the world.

But when Swiss businessman Uli Sigg first went to China, art was far from his mind. The year was 1979, and Sigg-working for the Schindler escalator and elevator company-was hoping to set up one of the first joint ventures between the Chinese government, seeking international investment in the post-Mao era, and a Western company. At the time, even the fanciest hotels had rats, boardrooms were so poorly heated you could see your breath, and the government still regulated hairstyles (five different kinds of perm allowed).

Uli Sigg is not a man who does things by halves. "My ego, my way" says a t-shirt he wears at one point in the film. When he took up rowing, he went to the world championships. When he negotiated a joint venture, he wanted to create a model for future partnerships. And when he became interested in Chinese art, he built a world-class personal collection.

Sigg championed the artists he admired, working tirelessly for their international recognition and to preserve their artwork as a record of China's tumultuous and historic changes. Eventually, Sigg became the Swiss ambassador to China and a consultant on major Chinese art projects, including the construction of the Bird's Nest stadium for the Olympic Games.

THE CHINESE LIVES OF ULI SIGG, directed by art historian and scholar Michael Schindhelm (Bird's Nest) and produced by Marcel Hoehn (Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World, The Knowledge ofo Healing, Monte Grande, Santiago Calatrava's Travels, The Written Face) is a history of China's recent opening to the West, and of the West's embrace of Chinese contemporary art, through the eyes of Sigg and the artists he championed. Artists including Ai Weiwei, Cao Chong'en, Cao Fei, Gang Lijun, Feng Mengbo, Shao Fan, Wang Guangyi and Zeng Fanzhi are interviewed along with curators, diplomats, architects and business colleagues in this colorful documentary survey of contemporary Chinese art.

DVD (Color) / 2016 / 93 minutes

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Episode 1 - Know Your Product
If you live in an urban environment chances are you are surrounded by tags, but outside of the graffiti scene little is known of the origins, attraction or motivation behind this often persecuted form of self expression.

Episode 2 - Getting Up
Impact has always been important to graffiti writers. But as graffiti has grown in popularity standing out is harder than ever and this has heralded the rise of specialist writers who offer a fresh take on the tag.

Episode 3 - Destruction is Creation
For many observers tagging is nothing but vandalism. Can the impact of technology or the lens of history change our perception of the tag? Will tagging ever be appreciated in the same way as graffiti or street art?

DVD / 2016 / 30 minutes

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Director: James Crump

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

Troublemakers features Germano Celant, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Vito Acconci, Virginia Dwan, Charles Ross, Paula Cooper, Willoughby Sharp, Pamela Sharp, Lawrence Weiner, Nancy Holt, Carl Andre, Gianfranco Gorgoni, and Harald Szeemann.

DVD / 2015 / 72 minutes

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Fashion Asia explores fashion, design, art and youth culture as fashion blogger Margaret Zhang and TV presenter Courtney Dober submerse themselves in the culture of thirteen cities across Asia and Australia.

Discovering the delights of Bali, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi, Seoul, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne, Fashion ASIA leaves no stone unturned in the quest to find all things on trend.

From local fashion designers and bloggers, to magazine editors, style leaders and opinion creators, our presenters meet with them all to report on the creative happenings within each city.

2 DVDs / 2014 / 312 minutes

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Director: Dan Wechsler

At the close the of film noir classic The Naked City, the narrator famously proclaims: 'There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.' The film took its title from Weegee's seminal book of New York photographs published in 1945.

In our time, an equally compelling presence roams the streets of New York armed with only a camera: Matt Weber. There is no telling how many stories Weber has attempted to capture since he first started taking pictures out of the window of the cab he used to drive. But his quarter century-plus devotion to candidly depicting the lives of his fellow New Yorkers, many of them from the fringes of society, has yielded an unforgettably beautiful and evocative documentary directed by Dan Wechsler.
Part character study, part meditation on photography, and part exploration of a New York that most of us will never see, More Than the Rainbow combines a visually stunning blend of live action, still photography and revealing interviews. The result is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.

Featuring Matt Weber, Ralph Gibson, Zoe Strauss, Eric Kroll, Todd Oldham, Dave Beckerman, Ben Lifson and more.

DVD / 2014 / 83 minutes

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Hosted by former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Edmund Capon, The Art of Australia tells the epic story of Australian art, from the colonial period to the present day.

Edmund goes on a quest to understand how art has helped shape Australia. The series interweaves the story of British, European and Indigenous art traditions and how they have reflected the evolution of Australia's culture over 200 years.

Ep 1 Episode one tells the story of how art helped European settlers come to terms with an unfamiliar land.

Ep 2 Edmund explores how Australian identity evolved in the 20th century and how modern art down under struggled to emerge. He looks at some of the giants of 20th century Australian art - Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd.

Ep 3 In the third installment Beyond Australia, Edmund Capon explores how, since the 1960s, Australia and its art went global.

DVD / 2013 / 150 minutes

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Director: Doug Pray

LEVITATED MASS is Doug Pray's new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer's sculpture references the expanse of art history - from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.

The boulder's 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public's wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art.

DVD / 2013 / 89 minutes

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Directors: Marcia Connolly, Katherine Knight

An "artful and art-filled love story" (The Globe and Mail), this documentary about two unique characters is also an unforgettable look at art, love and mortality.
Influential photographer Arnaud Maggs, turning 85, embarks on a series of self-portraits that wryly depict his life's work. Spring Hurlbut, at 60 is creating haunting works that evoke mortality while harboring the certainty that Arnaud's time is limited. Together more than 25 years, each grapples with the nature of an artist's creativity where the drive for invention and discovery resists life's finite reality.

DVD / 2013 / 67 minutes

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Director: Thomas Allen Harris

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery - and a call to action.

DVD / 2013 / 92 minutes

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Don't know your biennale from a triennale? Can't tell your old media from your new? Are notions leaving you baffled? The A-Z of Contemporary Art is a bluffer's guide to the often-impenetrable world of contemporary art, from artists, art works and galleries to new media, forms and theories.

Taking an A-Z format this 'guide book' is presented by respected visual arts commentator Andrew Frost as a concise visual encyclopaedia that's an energetic collage of information. More accessible than a textbook, cheaper than a trip to the Guggenheim, quicker than spending three years at university, the A-Z is presented in a light-hearted and humorously aware tone that offers real information on the contemporary art world. By the end of the series, viewers will not only have the answers to their questions but will also be able to express their own informed opinions.

Episode 1: A - K covers Artists and Biennales, the meaning of Contemporary, the art of Drawing, a list of Exceptions and Fakes, all kinds of Galleries, art History and Ideas, Junk and throwaway Kitsch.

Episode 2: L - Z begins with the concept of 'Liking' things, endemic in social media, and a first reaction to a lot of art, but we wonder, is that good enough? Then we take a look at Laughter, at being funny on purpose, and at being a joke. We have a quick quiz on Modernism - can you tell from our examples which ones are contemporary art works? We look at the Market, and the mistaken idea that art that's sold for millions of dollars is better or more important than art sold for a hundred dollars. Materiality is the idea that art should be made from certain materials, then we take on the tangle of words that make up Notions, one of the most widely abused and misunderstood terms in the contemporary art lexicon. There's the shadow play of the Other, and a quick history of Photography, the most pervasive form of contemporary art. What is Post Modernism? A fluffy pussycat! We examine Queer Theory, Representation, and ponder contemporary art's Serious Flaw. We imbibe some Theory and take in Urban Art, a tour through Video Art, the vexatious question of Women, and finally X the unknown, You, before we end up right in the middle of the Zeitgeist.

DVD / 2012 / 54 minutes

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Directed by Heiko Lange

After the 2011 revolution, Egypt's artists emerged from decades in hiding. Hope blossoms among painters, dancers, and musicians. Color explodes in the streets. There is still fear among these artists who continue processing political events, but with Mubarak gone, does art remain a form of protest?

Keizer is a street artist who works under cover of darkness, educating the masses about the latest corruption. Choreographer Karima Mansour strives to create timeless dances that express the complex role of women within the society. Painter Khaled Hafez explains how the "deja vu images" seen on TV would resurface in all his early post-revolution paintings - the tanks, the guns, the soldiers - and discusses his evolution toward less literal art. Artist Hany Rashed describes the very act of depicting brutality as "a beautiful thing" in a community where even photographing the police was forbidden until recently.

By sharing the works of these and other bold, newly liberated artists, Noise of Cairo delivers an expressive, intelligent showcase of Egypt's vibrant, fluid creative life.

DVD / 2012 / 52 minutes

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Director: Alan Govenar

This film explores the life and work of the preeminent master of Chinese Opera living in the United States. Qi Shu Fang was a household name in China due to her feature role in one of the Cultural Revolution Opera films, and travelled the world to show off her mastery of the art. The film explores why Qi, her husband and a whole troupe of Chinese Opera performers have moved to the United States to transplant their art to a foreign culture.

DVD (Chinese with English subtitles) / 2011 / 81 minutes

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By Jesper Bundgaard, Per Henriksen and George Cominskie

The first and largest federally funded artists' colony in the United States, Westbeth became home to a generation of artists grateful for cheap rent and a place to live and work. Just designated as a New York City landmark, it is located on the far west side of Greenwich Village. It was reconfigured from five abandoned industrial buildings by the renowned architect Richard Meiers.

Opened in 1970 through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the J.M. Kaplan Foundation, Westbeth continues to offer affordable artists' housing and an array of cultural activities. The artists of Westbeth range from emerging to well-established and represent a wide variety of disciplines. They include painters, writers, photographers, filmmakers, poets, sculptors, dancers, choreographers, musicians,and composers who have chosen the arts as their life's work. Some of the luminaries who lived there are Diane Arbus, Merce Cunningham, Joseph Chaikin, Nam June Paik, and Nadine Gordimer.

This film provides a window into the array of creative inhabitants, who live work, and age there. Generally speaking, death is the only reason studios become available. Residents have seen the neighborhod go from being neglected and crime-ridden to becoming desirable.

Here is a lively look at a singular example of urban renewal.

DVD / 2011 / 30 minutes

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By Liz Daggett

In Imaginary Enemy, Chinese sculptor and painter Liao Yibai recounts his remarkable life as he prepares for his first solo show in America. Yibai was born in a top-secret missile factory in the Chinese countryside during the Cold War. His mother went into labor while standing at her place in the factory line, welding missiles. Unmarked on any map, Factory 215 was part of Mao Zedong's master plan "to fight China's biggest enemy, America." Under complete government control and unable to leave, young Yibai was continually subjected to Cultural Revolution propaganda on loudspeakers by day, and awakened by explosions at night.

Yibai's imaginative and ironic stainless-steel sculptures depict his childhood, turning the complex cultural relationship between China and the US into accessible, humorous stories. A giant metal hamburger emblazoned with "Top Secret" represents Yibai's first impression of the West and "the food of the enemy." As his works progress, they raise deeper questions. Are we pawns in a political game? What is the nature of war, and can it be stopped? Can art be used to share forgotten stories, ugly memories, and childhood dreams?

DVD / 2010 / 22 minutes

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The Beauty of Traditional Korean Arts (Volume 4) explores various genres of traditional Korean art, including traditional fine arts, such as calligraphy, pottery, and landscape painting; traditional music forms like pansori and minyo, and musical instruments gayagum and geomungo; and Korean dance, such as salpuri (exorcist) and buchaechum (fan dance).

DVD (Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish) / 2005 / 40 minutes

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Art that was "headbuttingly impossible to ignore" is how Charles Saatchi describes the work that intrigued him as he started to collect British art in the early 1990s. Damien Hirst's giant shark in formaldehyde, Tracey Emin's unmade bed and a chilling portrait of Myra Hindley by Marcus Harvey are among the artworks that have since become icons of the decade. The Saatchi Gallery, now in the former County Hall in London, is a permanent home for a changing selection of Saatchi's world-famous collection.

The Saatchi Gallery 100 is a fast-paced and fascinating film featuring one hundred of these artworks, accompanied by reflections and anecdotes from the artists themselves. Sarah Lucas' confrontational self-portraits are among the highlights, as are the bold paintings of Gary Hume, photographs by Richard Billingham, sculptures of genetically mutated children by Jake and Dinos Chapman, and many more.

Like the collection itself, the film offers a unique understanding of why London has become the centre of the international art world over the past decade - and how art in Britain continues to surprise and challenge and delight.

DVD / 2004 / 50 minutes

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