You Be Mother, 1990

16mm, col, sound, 7min

Funded by a Julian Sullivan Award (Slade School of Art) and Hull Time Based Arts

Awarded ‘Best Experimental Film’ Oberhausen Short Film Festival 1991 ‘Best Innovation Prize’ Atlanta Short Film Festival 1993

You Be Mother uses stop-frame animation to disrupt the traditional orders of animate and inanimate, the fluid and the solid. An hallucinatory space is set up when a frozen image of the artist’s face is projected onto weighty pieces of crockery atop a table. Ears, eyes, nose and mouth, all become spatially dislocated as a determined hand begins to reposition, decant and mix. Events unfold to the amplified sounds of grinding, pouring and stirring.

Directed and produced:
Sarah Pucill
Funded:
Hull Time Based Arts and The Julian Sullivan Award
Camera, Edit & Sound:
Sarah Pucill
1989
New Contemporaries, ICA, London (1989) – early version
1990
London Film Festival; British Short Film Festival, London
European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck Germany
Rencontres Festival of Film and Video Art, Paris (and touring); Granada TV, UK; ‘Exiled’ touring show, curated by Moira Sweeney, ICA London
1991
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Goethe Institute, Montréal
1992
Cutting Edge, curated by Carol Brown and John Hoole, Barbican Gallery, London
1994
Atlanta Short Film Festival
Norwegian Short Film Festival
 
Leipzig Festival of Documentary and Animation Art
 
Tampere Short Film Festival, Finland
1998
Tate Britain, Curated by Gary Thomas (retrospective)
 
Lux, London (retrospective)
2000
Lux, London DNET Festival of Electronic and Digital Art
2002
291 Gallery, London, Curated by L Jensen (retrospective)
2003
Telling Tales, Serpentine Gallery, curated by Karen Alexander
2004
The Magic Lantern Dream Cinema, Ciné Lumière Institute, Françe, London
 
‘A Century of Film and Video Artists’ curated by David Curtis, Tate Britain, London
2006
The Collective Unconscious, curated programme, New York Filmmakers Coop
 
‘Light Reading’ series, NO.W.HERE Lab, London, Curated by K Mirza and B Butler
2007
Stills Gallery Edinburgh The Millennium Film Workshop, New York (retrospective)
 
The Subjective Camera series, Greenwich Picture House (retrospective)
 
LightCone 25th Anniversary, Paris
2008
Whitechapel Gallery Film Circus Film Weekend curated by Ian White
 
The Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne (retrospective)
 
Live 8 Galway, Curated by Vivienne Dick
2011
Moving Portrait, De La Warr Pavillion
Showroom Gallery, Cinenova, London
2012
Parasol Unit, Curated by Gil Leung, LUX
Madrid Experimental Film Festival (retrospective)

2016
Spring Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival, Freud Museum, London, 12 March
 
  • Best Experimental Film Award – Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
  • Best Innovation Award – Atlanta Film Festival
  • USA ‘Wicked Women and Wayward Girls’, BFI compilation tape, distributed by Connoisseur Video