CLEVER AT SEEING WITHOUT BEING SEEN (2021)


Recent audience comments:

‘Evokes sharply and poignantly a lot of the feelings which are so common to discovering one's sexuality in adolescence ('I got very clever/Very clever at seeing/Without being seen' was both brilliantly simple and touching), and the double meanings littered were rich and effective’

‘Love the live element alongside the constant peeling and reworking layers of time and perception’

'Can so relate to George Michael!'

‘All this stuff that has been marshalled into this form- that’s an act of strength ‘

“Dad watched the match; I watched the players.” Love the idea of football as erotica and the ‘soundfield’!’

‘I also smuggled Gay Times!’

‘It nails a specific talent, queer people need to acquire, the title’

‘Never seen anything THAT immersive on Zoom!'’

‘ At the end where the hand starts pulling the layers away was like pulling away skins/the body being skinned.’

What may it mean to remediate, excavate and bring back to life a personal archive of paintings and drawings and mobile phone recording made over the span of 25 years through the medium of moving image and then remediate that remediation through the medium of live performance via Zoom?

Innovating the possibilities of media re-use, feeding-back and looping round of text, and the layering of the voices, this multi-layered multimedia live Zoom performance is a colourful, immersive, textured, organic and disorienting montage of young queer experience told through my own personal autobiography. THIS is what it was like for me to grow up gay in 1990s working class homophobic Britain and then to come to London in early 2000s and be confronted with the implicit power relations attached to gay male queer social spaces of conviviality. There are so many different references to decades of British history though different registers of image making, language and bodies through a complex repetitive system of layering making the viewer continually question how many layers there are. With a parallel to our unconscious, with its many layers, many of which we do not have full access to.

The images comprising the green screen include drawings and paintings I made between 2005-2007 and 2018-2019, movie and audio recordings on mobile phones circa. 2005 and photographic stills and moving image recordings that I took between 2011-2019 on various iPhones.

  • Lee Campbell
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SPHERE FESTIVAL

    May 23, 2021
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Festival ECRÃ Edition 5
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • DISTURBANCE #2 , Ugly Duck
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 2, 2021
    Official Selection
  • TRANSITSTATION Voice #3 : manoeuvre
    https://www.transitstation.org
    September 3, 2021
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Miami International Performance Festival 2021
    MIAMI
    United States
    September 26, 2021
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
Director Biography - Lee Campbell

Dr Lee Campbell trained in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2005 and received his doctorate in 2016. His recent experimental performance poetry films have been selected for many international queer film festivals including Queerbee LGBT Film Festival, The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, Kansas 2020, HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels and STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA, WICKED QUEER 202,Boston, USA, 2021 Film Vault Presents, Manchester, UK, 2021 FilmPride Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQ+ film festival, Brighton, UK,Splice Film Festival 2021, Brooklyn, USA Festival ECRÃ Edition 5, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, SPHERE Festival, and Queer Life, EdgeZones, Miami, USA 2021. He has a solo exhibition of his film work at The Sidewalk Video Gallery, Fountain Street, Boston USA in late 2021. His films have been selected for prestigious awards/nominations including:

2021 Honorable Special, Splice Film Festival, New York
2021 Nominee for Best Original Concept and Best Atmosphere, Independent Horror Movie Awards
2021 Honorable Mention Award for 'See Me' (2020), Screener Short Films
2021 Best Kent Film nominee for ‘Peer’ (2020), Margate Bookie Film Festival
2021 Honorable Special Mention Award, Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
2020 Semi-Finalist (3rd place winner), Splice Film Festival, New York
2019 Special Mention Award, London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival

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