Now available: 3 films from Sophie Michael

Posted February 3rd, 2019 in New Acquisitions, New Films, News / Events

Sophie Michael channels Oskar Fischinger in three luminous studies of color and shape, now available from Canyon.

1. 'Chapters One to Five' film scan

Chapters One to Five (2012 | 16 minutes | COLOR | SOUND)

“This is the third film in the Astrid series 2010-14, made with the young Astrid Everall over the ages of seven to eleven. Astrid responds to different sets that re-construct interiors from 1950s Charles and Ray Eames designs to 1970s home improvement magazines. It takes inspiration from educational materials and re-enacts demonstration films made at that time, depicting and promoting an idealistic lifestyle. Indulging in a sense of nostalgia, in a similar way to a piece of repro-furniture which imitates a past style, Michael stages a contemporary projection of lost times and youth.”
– Elsa Coustou, Assistant Curator Tate Britain, 2016

2. '99 Clerkenwell Road' film still

99 Clerkenwell Road (2010 | 8 minutes | COLOR | SILENT)

“Michael has a clear grasp of film’s ability to capture and present moments of light as objects that appear almost supernaturally radiant and three-dimensional. It is the sheer retinal pleasure of watching light in motion…”
– Morgan Quaintance, review of group show ‘Neither’, September 2014 issue Art Agenda, 2015

Untitled (Objects 3)

Untitled (Objects 3) (2008 | 3 minutes | COLOR | SILENT)

“Sophie Michael’s Untitled (Objects 3) examine objects themselves with a certain detachment, regarding them afresh, asking us to do the same… a measured, accomplished experiment.”
– Adam Pugh, Director of AURORA Film Festival, 2008