Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Super Night Shot

Super Night Shot
"Part time real-life documentary, part statement of modern society, hilarious, beautiful and saddening, Gob Squad are as modern and real as you can get" Ely Standard (UK)

"The courage of the four performers, their skilful improvisation, their repertoire, mixed with faultless preparation produces a spectacle of breathtaking tension" Le Temps (France)

"Touching and often hilarious" Time Out (London)

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) present Super Night Shot - a cinema experience with a difference from British-German artist collective, Gob Squad, in February, 2011.

For three nights only Gob Squad will put Melbourne and its people on show in ACMI's cinemas for their acclaimed guerrilla filmmaking project, Super Night Shot. The experiment sees the group produce a non-stop, unedited, four-camera film on the streets exactly one hour before it is shown in the cinema, resulting in an exciting blend of documentary, performative art, social comment and theatre sports, with a Melbourne bent.

Four performers synchronise their watches and video cameras at 'base camp', in this case ACMI, and then set out onto the streets of Melbourne's CBD to film whatever comes their way - involving whomever comes their way.

By its very nature, the project delivers an unpredictable result, guaranteeing audiences a different experience each night. The intrepid collective are faced with battling the elements, navigating in a busy city (and in Melbourne's case, unique laneways) and meeting new people every night, all while keeping time and wielding a video camera.

The result is, for the most part, spontaneous, however each performer has the task to incorporate actions or lines of dialogue at predetermined times to shape the final film. After exactly 60 minutes of filming madcap stunts and encounters with strangers, the group head back to the cinema to unleash the unedited footage on the waiting cinema audience. The four films roll side-by-side on the cinema screen and the sound is mixed live to create a sometimes surprising, funny or touching film unique to the city and its people.

The Gob Squad call Super Night Shot a 'war on anonymity' and ultimately, the project aims to connect the city back to the people who inhabit it and the people to each other.

Head of Film Programs, Richard Sowada, is excited to bring a cinema experience with a difference to ACMI's program this summer.

"What's so striking about the project is how random moments can come to the screen with such great precision," he said. "The Gob Squad manage to draw some hilarious, intimate and revealing moments from people - whether they be innocent bystanders or willing participants - to craft a story out of virtually nothing."

Gob Squad's international collective of renegade artists has been unleashing live art on public places across the world since 1994. They work collectively, without a director, on everything from the concept and design to the performance or presentation of their work. 

The screening on Friday 4 February will be accompanied by a Q&A with Gob Squad.

In conjunction with the Super Night Shot cinema event, the incomparable artist collective will host 'Framing Reality', a rare workshop opportunity at ACMI on Saturday 5 February. The session is suited to artists and art students aged over 16 years and has a strictly limited capacity so advance bookings are recommended.

Super Night Shot was originally commissioned by Volksbuehne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin, with research and development funding from the Arts Council of England East Midlands. Acclaimed internationally, Super Night Shot comes to Melbourne as part of a national tour direct from the Sydney Festival and on the way to Brisbane's World Theatre Festival.

Super Night Shot takes to the streets of Melbourne and ACMI's cinemas from 3 to 5 February, 2011.

Super Night Shot is produced in partnership with the City of Melbourne's Arts and Participation Program and presented in association with the British Council, the Goethe Institut and with the generous assistance of the Brisbane Powerhouse.


Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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