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Still from Scotch Hop, Christopher Maclaine, USA 1
Still from Scotch Hop, Christopher Maclaine, USA 1959, 16mm, 6 mins, colour, sound © Christopher Maclaine Image courtesy LUX

PAMI: Peckham Artist Moving Image

A selection of South London galleries and artist studios will host a new Moving Image Festival to coincide with the second annual Peckham Free Film Festival this month

This week sees the launch of Peckham Artist Moving Image Festival (PAMI). As part of the Peckham Free Film Festival, now in its second year, local South London galleries, artist studios and one off project spaces will exhibit works by artists including BoyleANDshaw, Lulu Li, Pil and Galia Kollective and Takeshi Shiomitsu. Dazed sat in on a conversation between PAMI curator Harriet Mitchell, Rozsa Farkas of Arcadia_Missa and Flat Time House/Lucky PDF's John Hill to find out more.

Dazed Digital: So, why did you start PAMI?
At last year's Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival I thought it was sad that none of the galleries were doing things at the same time. I see it as an opportunity for people to show works that are not necessarily feature length or mainstream films.

John: I think that having PAMI as part of the wider Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festivals is a way of showcasing the galleries to a wider audience. I also see it as an opportunity to show the kind of work we might not normally show, in Flat Time House's case that's 6 artists, four London based, one Bejing based and one from Portland, Oregon working with layered image and sound.
Rozsa: What we're doing at Arcadia_Missa is inspired by the initiation of PAMI. Artists may talk at the pub but this has brought everyone together for a structured discussion. For us, it's not one artist's film but facilitating different groups (Outmoded Attention's Archive Your Body is a Temple, UBUWEB and LuckyPDF TV) and creating a structure that allows other groups in.

Harriet: It's like an archive isn't it?

Rozsa:  There's a play on the traditional ideas of an archive being a closed institutional space where only a few people are admitted, yes. There will also be a screen linked up to a computer where anyone can turn up and put film works into the exhibition. We're playing with the idea of how you can spend hours online just following videos.

John: I've effectively curated an exhibition of works that you can see online. But it's not just about the work, it's about what else can happen when you exhibit them in a specific location.

There's an acknowledgement between us that showing work on a laptop doesn't eliminate the desire to want to show it as an event or put it on a big screen. It's like the difference between listening to music on a laptop and going to gig.

DD: Is there any one piece in particular that you're excited about?
I'm really excited about what I'm curating in the Bold Tendencies space. On the Friday night SPACE's Paul Pieroni is curating an evening of slow images while on the Saturday night Grace Schofield presents films picked for their soundtrack.  On the Sunday I've invited Lucy Reynolds to present a 2003 programme from Lux archive. It examines film as a sculptural form that I think will really work with Bold Tendencies' Sculpture Park.

DD: Do you already have plans for next year?

PAMI is running without funding so this year is a testing ground. For now, we just can't wait for the opening party.

PAMI opens Wednesday 13th September 6-8pm. Afterparty at Barstory with a DJ set from Eddie Peake DJ Set. Watch the Trailer here.