Video art struggles within online attention economies—Youtube, Vimeo, TikTok, etc. Often, the patience and suspension of judgement that most video art needs cannot be provided by these massive platforms (video art doesn’t make for good clickbait!). As such, Neighbourhood Watch offers a dedicated environment for showing, watching and discussing video art, affording levels of engagement that aren’t currently offered by like-driven social media.
Taking place in the NewBridge screening room (next to the gallery), Neighbourhood Watch is an opportunity to show digital moving-image works of all kinds, whether that be computer animation, documentary, abstract video or anything in between. All types of video art are welcome, from lo-res clips filmed on your phone to more ‘produced’ hi-res works. Similarly, it’s a space open to all artists, whether they work exclusively in video or not, and anyone interested in viewing contemporary moving-image works.
Participants will each have 10 minutes to show what they’ve been working on—whether that be clips, excerpts, sketches, half-finished things or fully realised pieces—with an opportunity to briefly say what kind of feedback they’re hoping to get. After showing each work, there will be a moment for others to respond and offer their thoughts. It’s also fine if you want to show something and not talk about it at al! This will be a space for all kinds of feedback, allowing for both casual discussion and critical engagement – whatever you want to get out of it.
Absolutely anyone is welcome to share some video, provided it can be emailed/uploaded from a pen drive. We’ll have a digital projector, computer and speakers set up. If you have any questions, you can email NewBridge’s Artist Development Programmer Dan Russell on email@example.com
If your video work requires proper good tech, keep you eyes on Star and Shadow and their Eyes Wide Open events.
Neighbourhood Watch has been set up by NewBridge members Aaron Dawson-Riley and Liberty Hodes.
Poster by Liberty Hodes