Conceptual art meets documentary to launch at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011
Sheffield Fringe 2011 marks the launch of the first conceptual documentary showcase to coincide with Sheffield Doc/Fest, Europe’s largest documentary festival.
To challenge the mainstream model of documentary filmmaking, the Fringe festival will introduce Doc/Fest delegates & Sheffield audiences to cross-discipline filmmakers and artists, who are redefining the meaning of “documentary” for a post-television society.
Launching on June 10th at 8.00pm, the festival will open as a pop-up exhibition in a private, secret location featuring, amongst other artists, Luke Fowler, Laure Prouvost and Maria Marshall, whose previous exhibitions include the Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern & Whitney Museum of Art.This year’s theme “Wild Thinking” brings together self-refential punk rock comments, experiments in doorknob falatio, and a man who wants death, without death wanting him.
Sheffield Fringe aims to highlight the role of art in documentaries, and to create a complimentary space inciting new creative collaborations between the contemporary art and documentary communities, and to bring together industry leaders from the two worlds. Founded by a collective of artists and filmmakers, Sheffield Fringe is synonymous with a passion for moving image works, which are personal, gutsy, occasionally seeking to make us uncomfortable, and often remaining unresolved.
Collectively, Sheffield Fringe founders have been endorsed by institutions such as the Royal Television Society, British Council, and the TED Fellowship programme. Their works have been broadcast by Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV & Aljazeera UK as well as showing at festivals, museums & galleries.
Co-Founder & curator of Sheffield Fringe 2011, Minou Norouzi says: “Sheffield Fringe is a bold and timely undertaking. We don’t have an annual documentary event here in the UK that seriously highlights the role of art in documentaries.”
Sheffield Fringe will be held annually to coincide with the Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Co-Founders / Marie Billegrav Bryant – Jennifer Fearnley – Rani Khanna
Co-Founder & SF2011 Curator / Minou Norouzi
Invites to follow shortly.