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Simon Farid - Screens (are supposed to) bring us closer together

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Simon Farid in the Tyneside Cinema Bar with his installation Pre- and Post- Surveillance Mechanisms. Photo Credit Alex Ayre.

SIMON FARID: Screens (are supposed to ) bring us closer together

WED 9 OCTOBER, 18:30-19:30

TYNESIDE BAR, FREE (booking required)

Simon Farid is interested in what it is to be a performer and an observer – the cinema projects images and also captures images on CCTV cameras, but do we see ourselves up on the screen?

This performance is a culmination of these ideas. Simon will also be playing with these ideas on the walls of the Tyneside Bar, so look out for some new additions up on the third floor!

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Pre- and Post - Surveillance Mechanisms

An exhibition by Simon Farid in the Tyneside Bar

Simon is also presenting an installation in the Tyneside Bar on the 3rd floor of the cinema, open daily from 11:00 - 23:00.

About the Exhibition:

“There is something voyeuristic about watching narrative films, like we have a window into the protagonists’ lives. Less a window, maybe more a camera (as, of course, the window is literally a camera, documenting the actors actions and words). A magic one, granted, one that’s invisible and is able to pan, jump, cross-cut etc.

Our lives are increasingly like those of the protagonists. Recorded, not yet constantly, but very often. The undocumented moments are like the parts that don’t make it into the film. We contribute to this recording ourselves, Facebook being an obvious link here.

So we come to a cinema to watch other peoples’ lives. Performers’ lives for the most part. Are we also aware of the CCTV in the building? That others may watch us? This is a building serving a dual purpose; projecting images and simultaneously capturing new ones. Is this important?

Films can be socially instructive. Hollywood was where I learned how to kiss. Maybe more importantly, it was where I learned how to seduce. Culture, society is also instructive. T. Dan Smith’s Newcastle has a tradition of instructive spaces too. So maybe this cinema is doubly instructive; in what it projects and the space within which this projection happens?

Can this be interrogated further? Does watching other peoples’ lives, fictional or otherwise, make us more receptive to being filmed ourselves? And is there a question of agency here? In a film, the protagonist is stuck on a permanent loop, performing the same actions over and over again. We look at this fixed image and may wonder, what of the performer? Are they stuck? Is there room within a screen more some agency?

And where does that leave us? And our images, on other screens?”

Simon Farid


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