Wyver, John (2002) theEYE. [Video]

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A series of 40 x half-hour interview-based profiles of contemporary visual artists. Wyver was the producer/director for 34 films, and producer for 6 films in the series. theEYE is a series of half-hour interview-based profiles of contemporary visual artists. Subjects include prominent figures like Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili, emerging artists like Dryden Goodwin and Ian Davenport, and painters and sculptors like Anthony Caro and Sandra Blow looking back over distinguished careers. Each film has an extended interview complemented by specially shot sequences of artworks. The intention is to record primary encounters with the artists and to contextualise their work with only the artist’s ideas. theEYE has developed an original film language for the documentation of artworks which offers as direct an experience of the originals as is possible on film. The minimalist aesthetic of the series (no music, no narration) is entirely distinct from the dominant presentation of the visual arts on television. Each interview for theEYE is based on extensive research of an artist’s career and the overwhelming majority of the artworks is filmed from originals, a commitment which often involves travel abroad. The production process for an individual edition may stretch across several years while footage of a sufficient range of an artist’s work is gathered, Each finished film is reviewed by its subject to ensure accuracy. The series is the most comprehensive documentation on film of the contemporary visual arts in Britain over the past five years. The films, of which 40 have been completed since 2002, document and offer interpretation of numerous key installations and exhibitions. The films are widely used throughout the world in education, for museum screenings and as broadcast documentaries. Six of the films were screened on Five. In certain cases, as with William Turnbull and Karl Weschke, these profiles are the only records on film of the artist.

Item Type: Video
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 13:53
Last Modified: 13 May 2008 10:53

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