Margaret Salmon: ‘Icarus (after Amelia)’ & ‘Bird’

This event has now ended. You can watch a recording of the discussion here.

We will be placing one of Britain’s most vital cinema artists Margaret Salmon’s latest work Icarus (after Amelia) (2021) in filmic conversation with her 2016 work Bird. Both films will stream on The Cinema of Ideas platform from 24-30 September and we will be joined by Salmon for a live-streamed Q&A on Weds 29 September at 7pm.

Icarus (after Amelia) (2021) is a quasi-anthropological study of female labour in contemporary Britain, shot against the backdrop of the pandemic which has exacerbated gender inequality. The film had an acclaimed World Premiere as the Opening Night of the Open City Documentary Festival earlier this month. The earlier work Bird was commissioned in 2016 as part of The Artist Cinema. A 6-minute capsule of natural wonder shot on 35mm, Bird is a visual and aural riff on the pioneering films of the Children’s Film Fund producer/director Mary Field.

This event is a continuation of The Artist Cinema collaboration between the ICO and LUX. In 2006, 2010 and 2016 the ICO and LUX embarked on an experiment in placing artist moving image films before commercial films in the cinema. It was a unique project which brought leading visual artists’ work onto the big screen in a subversive and playful way, each film was made specifically made to enthuse, excite and seduce audiences in different ways. Between 2006, 2010 and 2016 we commissioned 15 films from now established visual artists including Margaret Salmon, Gabriel Abrantes, Phil Collins, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Manon de Boer, Rosalind Nashashibi and Amar Kanwar. We reached a collective audience of 234,951 people in cinemas UK-wide.

Combined tickets for Icarus (after Amelia), Bird and the live-streamed Q&A with Margaret Salmon cost £7 and are available to book now.

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