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Special Works School

“Special Works School” was the codename used by the British War Office between 1917–1919 for a group of artists tasked with the job of “camoufleur” – painters, textile artists, scenographers, designers, sculptors, and scenic painters who were employed by the military to work specifically on developing camouflage technology. The artist, armed with the skill of rendering their surroundings with utmost acuity, was appointed to make things disappear. Bambitchell’s Special Works School takes its name from this military unit to investigate the connections between artistic practice and surveillance technologies. The installation asks what an overtly aesthetic approach to surveillance can render visible, or invisible. By framing surveillance as an aesthetic practice, Special Works School homes in on the psychic, embodied, and material dimensions of surveillance – both from the position of the surveillor and the surveilled.

by
Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell)

Canada / Germany

English

Documentary form
27 min · Colour · 4-Kanal-Videoinstallation

With

Alexis Mitchell (Sand)
Richy Carey (Cyan)
Mason Leaver-Yap (Purple)

Crew

Written and directed by
Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell)
Director of Photography
Rita Macedo
Editing
Alexis Mitchell
Music
Richy Carey
Sound Design
Richy Carey
Sound
Richy Carey
Production Design
Vika Kirchenbauer
Producers
Bambitchell

Biography

Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell)

Bambitchell is the artistic collaboration between Sharlene Bamboat, born in 1984 in Pakistan, and Alexis Mitchell, born in 1983 in Canada. Working together since 2009, their works have been exhibited at international festivals and galleries and included in a number of publications. The duo recently completed a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (2015–17) and a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony.

Filmography

2012 Citizen Kenney: A Love Letter in 3 Parts 2014 Silent Citizen; video installation 2015 Empire Symbol, Or A Man and his Mule 2018 Special Works School

Produced by

Bambitchell
Pittsburgh, Canada

Dates

Exhibtion: Special Works School
Free entrance | Exhibition Opening: 15.2., 17:30 Opening hours: 16.2–25.2. Mon-Fri 12:00 – 18:00, Sat-Sun 14:00 – 18:00

Special Works School

  • Thu Feb 15 17:30
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
    Exhibition Opening
  • Fri Feb 16 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Sat Feb 17 14:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Sun Feb 18 14:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Mon Feb 19 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Tue Feb 20 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Wed Feb 21 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Thu Feb 22 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Fri Feb 23 12:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Sat Feb 24 14:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon
  • Sun Feb 25 14:00
    Botschaft von Kanada - Marshall McLuhan Salon

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