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New artist in residence will explore the border on a map and in minds

Katie Davies is Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival's artist in residence for 2014.

Katie Davies is Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival's artist in residence for 2014.

Berwick Visual Arts has unveiled its latest artist in residence, who will play a key part in the town’s tenth film and media arts festival this September.

Video artist Katie Davies will arrive in Berwick next month to work on brand new material for this year’s festival.

Taking place in the same week as the Scottish independence referendum, the 2014 Berwick Film and Media Art Festival is set to explore boundaries – both on the map and in the mind.

The tenth anniversary festival, which runs from September 17-21, aims to take audiences on a journey transcending borders through art and film.

Bristol-based Katie was one of more than a hundred applicants to respond to Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s joint residency scheme, which provides the opportunity for an artist working with moving image to respond to festival’s theme and to the town of Berwick itself.

Katie’s work explores the politics of spectatorship through video, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of time.

Her recent projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to research and film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone and The Separation Line; and an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011, working alongside The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council.

She said: “I am extremely excited to be working with Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, and to be based in Berwick.

“I know this will be a fantastic opportunity to work with and beyond political demarcations to get to the heart of what makes this area, place and people so culturally significant and historically important.”

Organisers say the 2014 festival will once again take audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world.

Taking place in the same week as the Scottish independence referendum, the festival will bring together independent film and artists’ video to explore boundaries – on the map and in the mind – and the spaces in between.

James Lowther, head of visual art for Berwick Visual Arts, said: “We are really excited by the appointment of Katie Davies as our new artist in residence. Her current area of research and practice will create a fascinating response to the theme of this year’s festival.

“With a record number of artists submitting applications, we’re delighted to continue and develop our partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.”

Melanie Iredale, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, added: “We’re excited to welcome Katie to Berwick and to work with 
her on a project which responds to our theme of Border Crossing.”

 

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