‘The Cut’

David Moore, Kate Davis

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The Cut (2010) is a short film, directed by Kate Davis and David Moore and in conjunction with UK: ME/WE Productions.

It was commissioned by the Bristol based artist and curator Louise Short for the exhibition Super8station3 and screened at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, during the Old Media season. Davis & Moore investigated films made by the Surrealists and Dadists exponents of experimental film making and they invested in old moving-image technologies, using the limitations of the medium as boundaries that encouraged experimentation. The film was shot on a single reel of super-8 film, edited in camera and sent un-seen to the exhibition.

There is a direct correlation between the chosen subject, the apparently benign act of boiling an egg, and the short time limit of the film reel. Davis and Moore elaborate the surrealist concerns of the relationship between sexuality and violence and cycles of birth and death such as seen in the work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou.

The Cut was shortlisted for the Swedenborg Short Film award, 2011, and screened along with the works of international film makers at the Swedenborg Institute, London. It was included in the exhibition Mrs Darling’s Kiss at Arch 402, London and the work was highlighted in reviews along with work by Louise Bourgeois. In 2012 it was screened in the exhibition You Are Ok at the NSDM shipyard Amsterdam along with an international field of artists.
As a result of the original commission Moore was selected to present at the conference Hello Sculpture at Chapter Arts in Cardiff which led to a residency at Joya arte+ecologica, Los Gazquez, Spain (15.12.11 - 04.01.12).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherArnolfini Gallery
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2010
EventSuper8station3, Arnolfini Gallery - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Aug 201030 Aug 2010


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