Launch of MIRAJ 2:2 and MIRAJ 3:1

The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first peer-reviewed publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It is published twice a year in print by Intellect Books in collaboration with CCW Graduate School at the University of the Arts London. MIRAJ offers a widely distributed international forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks. The journal is edited by CCW Professor, Catherine Elwes.

Launching MIRAJ 2:2 and 3:1 on 19 November at 5:30pm at Chelsea College of Arts,  Andrea Luka Zimmerman will screen extracts from her recent films, including the forthcoming feature essay film Estate, a Reverie which premieres at Hackney’s Rio Cinema on 22 November 2014. Filmed over seven years, Estate seeks to reveal and celebrate the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability and through geography. The screening will be followed by an in conversation between Zimmerman and Lucy Reynolds and then a drinks reception. Booking is essential. Please reserve a place here.

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Elwes discussed the two new issues in the press release for the event. ‘We have published contributions from art historians and critics, film and media scholars, curators, and, not least, practitioners. These include pieces that offer theories of the present moment but also writings that propose historical re-readings of the standard accounts of artists’ moving image. The articles that appear in MIRAJ 2:2 and 3:1 cover a wide range of topics from medium specificity in the age of intermediality (Janine Marchessault) and the shadow (Sean Cubitt), through the meta-physics of data in the work of Semiconductor (Lilly Husbands) to in-depth discussions between practitioners such as Laura Mulvey, Chris Welsby, Elizabeth Price, John Akomfrah and Mark Lewis.

Each issue contains a themed section. In the case of 2:2, Joshua Yumibe tackled the question of illusion and abstraction in silent and experimental cinema while Jonathan Walley mined the deeper resonances of illusionism as it has been both deconstructed and exploited in experimental film and video. MIRAJ 3:1, guest edited by Erika Balsom, introduced the theme of institutions, debated by a range of curators, distributors and practitioners. Volker Patenburg examined the experience of cinema and the museum, while Enrico Camporesi considered the “archive instinct” in the work of Bill Brand.

The scholarly articles and feature articles are complemented by a reviews section edited by Colin Perry, which responds to debates circulating in publications, conferences, symposia and artists’ film and media festivals and also reviews of current exhibitions both in this country and abroad. An issue on Feminisms is in preparation as we celebrate the publication of our last two issues. We hope you will come and celebrate with us on 19th November at Chelsea.’

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Top image credit: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Estate, a Reverie, 2014. Courtesy of the Artist.

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