19 September 2008
Photo by: Michael Holland
THE PROJEKTOR festival of artists' film, animation and performances got off to a great start on Saturday.
Anne Bean, artist extraordinaire and Bermondsey Artists' Group founder member, was there enthusing about the World Premiere of her Reap film this weekend; as was Harald Smykla who will be working his usual wonders with an OHP at the same Twilight event.
Live at the opening was Calum F. Kerr and his energetic campaign to change April Fools' Day to September 13th. Calum gave gallery visitors the opportunity to explode the myths of superstition, to dispel the curses of old wives' tales by allowing anyone who had the inclination to smash mirrors, open umbrellas indoors, spill salt and walk under a ladder. Of course I was right up the front doing everything my mother had warned me not to do and I've never felt so liberated in my life!
Yes, there were many there who visibly shrunk away from such death-defying horrors; making signs of the cross and whispering prayers into their lucky rabbit's foot but, for me and several others, it was a way for breaking through the boundaries and restrictions of religious and traditional guilt. Hallelujah!
Lots of other stuff to see, such as all-day screenings and monitor presentations. Also a series of bird boxes where you can have a real bird's-eye view of what goes on in the space outside the box.
Café Gallery, Southwark Park, SE16 0207 237 1230
Wed-Sun 11am - 6pm Free Admission
Twilight Event from 4pm Sunday 21st September
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