Graeme Arnfield (b. 1991, UK) is an artist filmmaker & curator living in London, raised in Cheshire, UK. Producing sensory essay films from found often viscerally embodied networked imagery his films use methods of investigative storytelling to explore issues of circulation, spectatorship and history. Research topics have included: the politics of digital networks, the distribution of ecological matter such as peat and asbestos and the adaptive circulation of global and local histories. His work has been presented worldwide including Berlinale Forum Expanded, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Sonic Acts Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, IMPAKT Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Plastik Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, LUX, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Berlinische Gallerie, Signal Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and on Vdrome. He graduated with a Masters in Experimental Cinema at Kingston University.

Filmography:

 

The Phantom Menace (2019)

Pedigree (2018)
Shouting at the Ground (2017)

Asbestos (2016; Made in Collaboration with Sasha Litvintseva)

Colossal Cave (2016)

Sitting in Darkness (2015)

Curation:

Dogs Leaving the Factory, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2019

True Dog Stories, a.m, London, UK, 2019

 

Extracted & Circulated: Material Exchange (with Beny Wagner), Close-Up,  UK, 2018

 

02: Holt & Smithson / Lahire / Moti / Litvintseva & Arnfield (with Sasha Litvintseva & Maria Palacios Cruz), Courtisane Festival, Ghent, BE, 2017

 

Extracted & Circulated (with Sasha Litvintseva), Close-Up, UK, 2017


 

Full Exhibition List:


2020:

Forum Expanded, 70th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlin, DE, 2020

Courtisane, Ghent, BE, 2020

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2020

Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah, UAE, 2020

Moscow Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, RUS, 2020

Videoex Festival, Zurich, CHE, 2020

Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities and Environmental Memory, e-flux, online, 2020

Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria BC, CA, 2020

London Short Film Festival, London, UK, 2020

Time Before Time Ends, IMPAKT Channel, online, 2020

36th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, DE, 2020

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, FR/GR, 2020

The Current Thing, Online, 2020

From Soil, Sand and Salt Crystals, Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, US, 2020

16th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, GR, 2020

Frameless24, Munich, DE, 2020

2019:

Dogs Leaving the Factory, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2019

Transmediale, Berlin, DE, 2019

Videonale.scope, Cologne, DE, 2019

Alternative Film/Video, Belgrade, RS, 2019

Werkleitz Festival Modell und Ruine, Halle (Saale), DE, 2019

Naturecolony, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, CA, 2019

Hyperlinked, Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK, 2019

Not realy now not any more, Kunstnernes, Oslo, NO, 2019

Maths, Matter and Body, Lofoten International Film Festival, Svolvær, NO, 2019

Kurzfilmfestival Koln, Cologne, DE, 2019

After social networks. Practices, aesthetics and ethics of a content ecology generated by users, Université Paris 8, 

Paris, FR, 2019

True Dog Stories, a.m, London, UK, 2019

MAN Museo d'Arte Provincia du Nuoro, Sardinina, IT, 2019

 

2018:

 

New Work: Graeme Arnfield Shouting at the Ground, LUX, UK, 2018

12×12, IBB Video Space, Berlinische Gallerie, Berlin, DE, 2018

Its origins are indeterminate, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2018

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2018

IMPAKT Festival 2018: Algorithmic Superstructures, Utrecht, NLD, 2018

November Film Festival, UK, 2018

Antimatter Media Art, Victoria BC, CA, 2018

Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, DE, 2018

Matter of Horror, Solyanka gallery, 6th Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, Moscow, Russia, 2018

Moscow Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, RUS, 2018

Asbestos: The questions of responsibility and (im)materialism, UDK Rundgang, Vilem Flusser archive, Berlin, Germany

P2P, Herrmann Germann Conspirators, Zurich, CHE, 2018

Zukünfte des Kinos - Kinos der Zukunft, Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, DE, 2018

NFKS FILM FESTIVAL, Kabelvag, Norway, NOR, 2018

FLAMIN Fellowship Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, 2018

24th Edition Casablanca International Video Art Festival Morocco, Casablanca, MAR, 2018

Extracted & Circulated: Material Exchange (with Beny Wagner), Close-Up, UK, 2018



2017:

 

Forum Expanded, 67th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlin, DE, 2017

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NLD, 2017

Homebody (four films by Graeme Arnfield), Nocturnal Reflections, Milan, ITA, 2017

Sonic Acts Festival: The Noise of Being, Amsterdam, NLD, 2017

Courtisane, Ghent, BE, 2017

Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 2017

European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2017

Plastik Festival, Dublin, IRL, 2017

Antimatter Media Art, Victoria BC, CA, 2017

Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, DE, 2017

Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival, Harstad, NOR, 2017

Moscow Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, RUS, 2017

Asbestos, Roaming Projects, London, UK, 2017

Memoirs Found in a Bathtub, Minibar Stockholm, Stockholm, SE, 2017

Edge of Frame: After Nature (Part Two), London International Animation Festival, UK, 2017

Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK, 2017

Fracto, Berlin, DE, 2017

By Hyper Media, For Hyper Media, Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK, 2017

CITIZENSFIVE, Art Athina, International Art Fair of Athens, Athens, GRC, 2017

Extracted & Circulated, Close-Up, London, UK, 2017

Speleogenesis, Queensland Film Festival, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, AUS, 2017

DIGITALE_NARRATIONEN part #2 betwixt_&_between, Raumstation, Zürich, CHE, 2017

Hands Moving World to the Door, UCL Art Museum, London, UK, 2017

Strangloscope Convida Ulrich Ziemons, Cinema do CIC - Centro Integrado de Cultura, Florianopolis, BR, 2017

Sluice Screens, Sluice Biennial, London, UK, 2017

Playback Festival, ICA, London, UK, 2017


 

2016:

 

Courtisane, Ghent, BE, 2016

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick, UK, 2016

Something Eerie, Signal Gallery, Malmö, SE, 2016

32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, DE, 2016

LUX Salon: Like slow breathing, it seemed to emanate from inside the walls, London, UK, 2016

Post-Internet I: Our Fetishistic Relationship with Technology, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Winterthur, CH, 2016

Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, DE, 2016

Artists’ Film Biennial: Open Call “Outside”, ICA, London, UK, 2016

POSTmatter: New Mythologies issue, Myths of Matter and Memory, 2016

Please Let Me Die Already, Kvit Galleri, Copenhagen, DK, 2016

Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration Conference, Goldsmiths, London, UK, 2016

The Surf Club, Fotopub Festival, Novo Metso, SVN, 2016

OLHO Festival: Uncharted Lands, BR, 2016

In My Language, Soloway Gallery, New York, USA, 2016

Spectres of The Future, Visions, Montreal, CA, 2016

Modern Ruins and Future Ghosts, Surrey University, UK, 2016

Wondering Out of Time, Hastings and Brighton, UK, 2016


 

2015:

 

Vdrome #80, 13 – 26 October, 2015

Spooky at a Distance, Green Gallery West, Milwaukee, USA, 2015

Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, DE, 2015

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK, 2015

Studio Session: MA Experimental Film Screenings, ICA, London, UK, 2015

New World Gazelle, The Horse Hospital, London, UK, 2015

 

Talks:

 

Inside of a dog it's too hard to read, Good Press Gallery, Glasgow, UK, 2019

Zukünfte des Kinos - Kinos der Zukunft, Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, DE, 2018

 

Realizing your creative vision, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), UK, 2018

Additional Credits:

The names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered (Onyeka Igwe, 2019), Sound Mixing

 

Teeth (Jennifer Martin, 2019), Music Composition

Salarium (Sasha Litvintseva & Daniel Mann, 2017), Music Composition

We Have Rather Been Invaded (Ed Webb-Ingall, 2017), Sound Mixing

Awards:

 

Jury Member, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2019

 

Film Commission Sardegna Residency, Sardinia, IT, 2019

EMAF Award, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, DE, 2018

 

Shouting at the Ground nominated for the Golden Key Award, best in festival, Kasseler Dokfest, 2018

 

Special Mention for The Original Music Award for Salarium, Cinéma du Réel, 2018

 

The FLAMIN Fellowship, Film London, 2017

 

Asbestos nominated for the Golden Key Award, best in festival, Kasseler Dokfest, 2017

 

British Council Travel Grant, 2016, 2017

 

Stop Play Record, Random Acts, short film commission, 2015

Education:


MA Experimental Film with Distinction, Kingston University, London, UK, 2014-2015

 

BA Film Studies & Media Studies, York St. John’s University, York, UK, 2009-2012

Press:

Art Monthly Issue 406, May 2017: Review of 02: Holt & Smithson / Lahire / Moti / Litvintseva & Arnfield, Courtisane Festival, Ghent, BE, 2017

 

The Magic Mineral: interview with Sasha Litvintseva and William Rees, LUX Moving Image, March, 2017

 

Review of Something Eerie, Signal Gallery, Malmö, 2016 (in Swedish) http://www.kunstkritikk.se/kritikk/det-hemska-overgar-i-hopp/?d=se

 

http://www.vdrome.org/graeme-arnfield-sitting-in-darkness: interview with Leo Goldsmith, Vdrome, October, 2015