MARK WEBBER
Selected Curatorial Projects 1997-2017

2017

March 2017
FILMAKTION
Raven Row, London
A weekend of live performances, multi-screen films, expanded cinema and film installations by Malcolm Le Grice, Gill Eatherley, William Raban and Annabel Nicolson as part of the exhibition series “This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect“.

2016

November 2016
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT: THE LONDON FILM-MAKERS’ CO-OP
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA
Programme of films from the London Film-Makers’ Co-op, introduced by Mark Webber and followed by an outdoor screening of Lis Rhodes’ Light Music (1975-77) in the undercroft of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center building.

October – November 2016
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT: THE LONDON FILM-MAKERS’ CO-OP
Anthology Film Archives, New York
To celebrate the publication of “Shoot Shoot Shoot” and “Flare Out”, Anthology presented three interrelated programme strands featuring films from the LFMC (including Malcolm Le Grice in person), two programmes by Peter Gidal, and two programmes of films by women curated by Maud Jacquin.

October 2016
SOFT FLOOR, HARD FILM: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE LONDON FILM-MAKERS’ CO-OP
ICA, London
Launch event for the “Shoot Shoot Shoot” book featuring a discussion between Mark Webber, Malcolm Le Grice and Lis Rhodes, moderated by Matthew Noel-Tod, and a screening of Lis Rhodes’ Light Music (1975-77). Presented in association with Frieze, ICA and LUX.

PETER GIDAL: FLARE OUT
Tate Britain, London and Various Venues
Screenings and discussions to celebrate the publication of “Flare Out: Aesthetics 1966–2016” by Peter Gidal, including a launch event at Tate Britain and screenings at the AV Festival (Newcastle), Close-Up Cinema (London) and Centre Pompidou (Paris).

April – July 2016
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT: THE LONDON FILM-MAKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE 1966-1976
Tate Britain, London
An exhibition of films and archive documents relating to the first decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, on display for three months at Tate Britain to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the organisation was founded.

2014-2015

GREGORY J. MARKOPOULOS: FILM AS FILM
Various Venues

Throughout 2014-15, Mark Webber curated and presented many screenings worldwide to celebrate the publication of “Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos”. These events included seasons at Anthology Film Archives (New York), Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge), REDCAT, LA Filmforum & The Getty Center (Los Angeles), Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), Eye Film Museum (Amsterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Tate Modern (London), Museo Reina Sofia & La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Filmoteca de Catalunya & CCCB (Barcelona), and many other venues. He was also co-organiser of a seminar at Basel University and Stadtkino.

2013

April 2013
PETER KUBELKA PRESENTS MONUMENT FILM
BFI Southbank, London
Performance lecture in which Peter Kubelka presented the double 35mm projection Monument Film.

January 2013
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES & ESSENTIAL CINEMA
BFI Southbank, London
4 programmes of work from Anthology’s Essential Cinema collection to complement the BFI’s Jonas Mekas season. Including restorations of films by Harry Smith, Jerome Hill and Joseph Cornell.

January 2013
WARREN SONBERT
BFI Southbank, London
Introduction and screening of 2 films by Warren Sonbert as part of the BFI’s Essential Experiments strand, in association with Kingston University.

2012

December 2012 – January 2013
JONAS MEKAS
BFI Southbank, London
12 programme retrospective to coincide with Jonas Mekas’ solo exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery.

November 2012
CHICK STRAND
Xcentric, CCCB, Barcelona
2 programmes of films by Chick Strand.

October 2012
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank & ICA, London
Experimenta Weekend of 10 screenings plus additional events at the ICA. Artists in person included Luke Fowler, Marielle Nitoslawska, Mati Diop, David Gatten, Beatrice Gibson, Erin Espelie, Laida Lertxundi, Nick Collins, and Martina Kudlacek. Also featuring a lecture by Dr Tom Steele, and an installation and complete retrospective with special guest Peter Kubelka.

May 2012
LITTLE STABS AT HAPPINESS
Lux / ICA Biennale of Moving Images
The “Little Stabs at Happiness” club format was revised for the first time since 2000, screening Roberto Rossellini’s “The Machine That Kills Bad People” together with short films by Tony & Beverly Conrad, Irm & Ed Sommer and Manuel de Landa.

2011

October 2011
GREGORY MARKOPOULOS’ GAMMELION
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Introductory lecture on Markopoulos’ writings before a screening of Gammelion.

October 2011
FEEL FLOWS: THE FILMS OF PHIL SOLOMON
Tate Modern, London
2 programme retrospective introduced by the filmmaker.

October 2011
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank, London
Experimenta Weekend of 10 screenings featuring special guest Phil Solomon. Including Gabriel Abrantes, Pip Chodorov, Ben Rivers, Lewis Klahr and Jonas Mekas in person, and new preservations of films by Chick Strand.

April 2011
THE FORGOTTEN FILMS OF CHARLES LUDLAM
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Screening of 2 restored films by the former leader of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

March 2011
IN FOCUS: GREGORY MARKOPOULOS
Cinema OFFoff, Gent
Introductory lecture on Markopoulos’ writings before a screening of 4 early films.

2010

November 2010 – October 2011
PLENTY
E:vent Gallery, London
A year-long programme of monthly screenings in which only a single work was shown, regardless of its length. Included films by Johan van der Keuken, Deborah Stratman, Joyce Wieland and Christopher Maclaine.

November 2010
FILMS OF THE SEA
Fondazione Morra, Naples
2 programmes inspired by the ocean, including works by Peter Hutton, Mati Diop, Matthias Muller and Rebecca Myers.

October 2010
LEWIS KLAHR PRESENTS ENGRAM SEPALS
Tate Modern, London
Engram Sepals (Melodramas 1994-2000), a suite of films introduced by the filmmaker.

October 2010
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank, London
Experimenta Weekend of 7 screenings, plus installations by Emily Richardson and Martin Arnold, a performance by Daniel Barrow, and a workshop led by Lewis Klahr. Other guest artists included John Smith, Miranda Pennell, Inger Lise Hansen, Duncan Campbell, David Gatten, Erin Espelie, Ben Rivers & Paul Harnden, and Samantha Rebello

September 2010
FOOD
25fps Festival, Zagreb
Screening of films by Gordon Matta-Clark and Jean Eustache.

2009

December 2009
UNDERGROUND NEW YORK
Gershwin Hotel, New York
Free screening of Gideon Bachmann’s rarely seen 1967 television documentary on underground film, featuring appearances by Jonas Mekas, Shirley Clarke, Bruce Conner, USCO, George Kuchar and others.

November 2009 / July 2010
WE DIG REPETITION: PETER ROEHR
Light Industry & Artists Space, New York
Presentation of the films and audio works by the German artist Peter Roehr. The programme was curated for Light Industry and repeated the following year at Artists Space.

October 2009
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank, London
Artists’ film & video weekend of 5 screenings, plus installations by Laure Prouvost and Victor Alimpiev. Including Gustav Deutsch, Oliver Husain, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Mara Mattuschka, Paul Abbott and Greg Pope in person, a live performance by Mantler, plus recent preservations of films by Hollis Frampton.

March 2009
GREGORY J. MARKOPOULOS
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
2 programmes of films by Gregory J. Markopoulos, including Twice a Man and Eros, O Basileus.

2008

November 2008
ROBERT BEAVERS
Aurora Festival, Norwich
2 programmes of films by Robert Beavers, plus a study day led by the artist on the theme of “Voice, Image and Place.” Essay published in “Aurora 2008” catalogue / book.

November 2008
STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH
Chisenhale Gallery, London
Free screening of Ken Jacobs epic work to coincide with the US election. Presented by the Whitechapel at Chisenhale, in association with tank.tv

October 2008
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank, London
Artists’ film & video weekend of 8 screenings, plus installations by Thomas Köner and Neil Beloufa. Including Nathaniel Dorsky, Ben Rivers, Jayne Parker, Nicky Hamlyn, Sylvia Schedelbauer and Alina Rudnitskaya in person and newly preserved films by Guy Debord in the presence of Alice Becker-Ho.

October 2008
JONAS MEKAS PRESENTS FLUX PARTY
Rio Cinema, London
Fluxus film and performance event, featuring Jonas Mekas and Ben Vautier in person. Organised in association with the South London Gallery.

October – November 2008
KEN JACOBS
www.tank.tv
Online exhibition streaming 20 complete or excerpted works made by Ken Jacobs between 1956-2008.

September 2008
RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME
Tate Modern, London
UK premiere of a new feature-length video by Ken Jacobs which revisits his classic Tom, Tom, the Pipers’ Son.

June 2008
TONY CONRAD
Tate Modern, London
A weekend of screenings and discussions, including a live audio-visual performance in the Turbine Hall.

May 2008
LONDON ON AND ON / SOCIAL WORKS / COUNTER CULTURE / SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT
Videoex Festival, Zürich
7 programmes of recent and historical as part of the “Guest City: London” strand of the festival.

March 2008
GREGORY J. MARKOPOULOS
Tate Modern, London
2 programmes of rarely seen works by the late Greek-American filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos, including reels from his final work ENIAIOS in anticipation of outdoor screenings as the Temenos site in June 2008.

2007

November 2007
HOLLIS FRAMPTON’S MAGELLAN
National Maritime Museum, London
The first UK screenings of Hollis Frampton’s monumental film cycle “Magellan”.

November 2007
SYSTEMS OF NATURE
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design & BFI Southbank, London
Exhibition of two recent video installations by Chris Welsby plus related talks and a screening series.
(Co-curator with Steven Ball and Maxa Zoller)

October – November 2007
THE WIRE 25: FILM
Roxy Bar and Screen, London
Series of 3 programmes as part of The Wire magazine’s 25th anniversary festival. Including works by Peter Kubelka, Tony Conrad, Jessie Stead, Enid Baxter Blader, Marie Losier and Luke Fowler.

October 2007
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
BFI Southbank, London
“Avant-Garde Weekend” of 8 screenings, plus a workshop by David Gatten and installations by Rachel Reupke and Ken Jacobs. Including Babette Mangolte, Emily Wardill, Jayne Parker, Peter Hutton, Patrick Beveridge, Elodie Pong, Greg Pope, Samantha Rebello, Jessie Stead in person and newly preserved films by Carolee Schneemann.

May / October 2007
ALDO TAMBELLINI: ELECTROMEDIA & THE BLACK FILM SERIES
Evolution Festival, Leeds & Lucca Film Festival
In person screening and presentation by multi-media pioneer Aldo Tambellini.

April / May 2007
SWINGEING LONDON: THE SIXTIES UNDERGROUND
Filmhuis Den Haag (and Dutch tour)
Series of 4 programmes plus condensed touring programme

February 2007
TO THE WINGED DISTANCE: FILMS BY ROBERT BEAVERS
Tate Modern, London
Complete retrospective of the American filmmaker Robert Beavers.

2006

December 2006
EXPANDED CINEMA: SPACE / TIME / STRUCTURE
Württemburgischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
A weekend of performances, lectures, demonstrations and discussions on the theme of Expanded Cinema. Featuring Tony Conrad, Bruce McClure and William Raban in person and works by Yann Beauvais, Rose Lowder, Werner Nekes, Michael Snow, Malcolm Le Grice, and others.

October 2006
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT: BRITISH AVANT-GARDE FILM OF THE 1960s & 1970s
Published by LUX / Re:Voir
Commercial DVD release of 13 films with a 58-page English/French bilingual booklet. Includes work by Malcolm Le Grice, Peter Gidal, Lis Rhodes, John Smith, Guy Sherwin, Annabel Nicholson, David Crosswaite, William Raban, Chris Welsby, Marilyn Halford, Jeff Keen, Mike Leggett and Stephen Dwoskin. The DVD release was supported by a 2nd world tour (which continued into 2008, visiting 15 venues), plus events at Tate Modern and the Frieze Art Fair.

October 2006
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
“Avant-Garde Weekend” of 8 screenings, including Shannon Plumb, Miranda Pennell, Nick Collins, Grant Wiedenfeld, Ben Rivers, Mary Jordan, Elio Gelmini and Kenneth Anger in person

May 2006
WILHELM HEIN: PERFEKT!
Goethe-Institut & Horse Hospital, London
2 screenings with Wilhelm Hein plus a discussion between Hein and Malcolm Le Grice.

May 2006
ROBERT NELSON: RAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA
Oberhausen International Kurzfilmtage
5 programme retrospective of Robert Nelson. Also screening at Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna, and subsequent Oberhausen Festival Tour.

March / April 2006
IN LUST WE TRUST: 8MM FILMS BY THE KUCHAR BROTHERS
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
2 programmes featuring new 16mm preservation prints of the early 8mm films by Mike and George Kuchar. With an exclusive video introduction by George Kuchar.

2005

October 2005
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
“Avant-Garde Weekend” of 7 screenings, including Manuel Saiz, Matthew Noel-Tod, Vladimir Tyulkin, Jayne Parker, James Benning, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Daïchi Saïto, Fred Worden and Michael Robinson in person.

January 2005 – March 2006
REVERENCE: THE FILMS OF OWEN LAND (FORMERLY KNOWN AS GEORGE LANDOW)
Tate Modern, London (and international tour)
2 programme retrospective of the films of Owen Land (formerly known as George Landow). Toured to over 30 international venues and festivals in 2005-06, including Rotterdam Film Festival, European Media Art Festival Osnabruck, Paris Centre Pompidou, Strasbourg Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Barcelona CCCB, Melbourne Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Columbus Wexner Centre. The book “Two Films by Owen Land”, edited by Mark Webber, published by LUX on this occasion. The retrospective also formed a month long exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in November 2005.

2004

November 2004
NATHANIEL DORSKY IN PERSON
Tate Modern, London (and international tour)
In person screening by Nathaniel Dorsky. Also presented at Paris Centre Pompidou, Zurich Filmpodium and Amsterdam de Balie.

October 2004
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
“Avant-Garde Weeekend” of 7 screenings, including Nathaniel Dorsky screening and lecture, plus Sebastian Brameshuber, Michaela Grill, Robert Cauble, Robert Fenz, Thom Anderson, Eugeni Bonet, Emily Richardson, Yuiko Matsuyama in person.

October 2004
VALIE EXPORT
National Film Theatre, London
4 programme retrospective of Valie Export’s films, and discussion between Valie Export and Ian White, to coincide with her exhibition at Camden Arts Centre.

September 2004
EXPANDED CINEMA: FILM AS SPECTACLE, EVENT AND PERFORMANCE
Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund
3 weekends of live expanded cinema events, including in person presentations by Tony Conrad, Valie Export, Wilhelm Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Christian Lebrat, Anthony McCall, Bruce McClure, Giovanni Martedi, William Raban, Jürgen Reble & Thomas Köner, Luis Recorder & Sandra Gibson, Guy Sherwin and Katerina Thomadaki.

April 2004
GREGORY MARKOPOULOS: TOWARDS THE TEMENOS
National Film Theatre, London
4 programme retrospective of films by Gregory Markopoulos, introduced by Robert Beavers.

2003

December 2003
OSKAR FISCHINGER: MUSIC AND MOTION
National Film Theatre, London
Weekend of events including 2 programmes of films by Oskar Fischinger, 1 mixed programme of abstract films, and book launch of William Moritz’ Fischinger biography “Optical Poetry”.

October / November 2003
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
“Avant-Garde Weekend” of 7 screenings, including Mike Hoolboom, Peter Sempel, Michele Smith, John Smith and Guy Sherwin in person, and a masterclass lecture by Ken Jacobs.

July 2003
AN EVENING WITH YVONNE RAINER
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Screening of “Lives of Performers” and discussion between Yvonne Rainer and Madeleine Bernsdorff.

June 2003
CALIFORNIA SOUND / CALIFORNIA IMAGE
Barbican Centre, London
6 programme season of Californian experimental films.

May / June 2003
THE ESSENTIAL FRAME: AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILM 1955-2003
The London Film School (and UK tour)
Weekend event of 6 screenings in London, including Peter Tscherkassky and Martin Arnold in person, followed by programme UK tour to 6 venues.

2002

November 2002
OYVIND FAHLSTROM & SWEDISH AVANT-GARDE FILM
BALTIC, Gateshead
6 programme survey of Swedish avant-garde film, including Gunvor Nelson in person.

November 2002
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
10 programmes including Robert Beavers in person and Robert Beck Memorial Cinema expanded cinema event.

September 2002 – November 2004
LUX SALON
LUX, London
Informal screenings hosted by LUX. Includes personal appearences by Thomas Draschan, Philip Hoffman, Gunvor Nelson, Azazel Jacobs, Courtney Hoskins, Mary Beth Reed, Wojciech Bruszewski, Takahiko Iimura, Hannes Schüpbach, Werner von Mutzenbecher, Dirk de Bruyn, Bjørn Melhus, Barbara Hammer and Jerome Hiler.

May 2002 – September 2004
SHOOT SHOOT SHOOT
Tate Modern, London (and international tour)
Research project on the first decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative and British avant-garde film 1966-76, including an 8 programme touring season of film, expanded cinema and multi-screen work by British artists. All 8 programmes toured to 19 international venues including Brisbane Film Festival, Frankfurt Deutsches Filmmuseum, Kunsthalle Basel, Barcelona Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Gateshead Baltic, Tokyo Image Forum and Seoul SEFF.

April – December 2002
INFINITE PROJECTION
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
16 programmes of artists’ film and video presented fortnightly in 2 seasons.

February / March 2002
THE FILMS OF ANDY WARHOL
Tate Modern, London
12 programme retrospective of films by Andy Warhol 1963-69, including “Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory”, a special screening of “The Chelsea Girls” (Andy Warhol 1966) plus other films and guest DJs at the Scala nightclub.

2001

November 2001
PETER KUBELKA: WHAT IS FILM ?
National Film Theatre, London
Series of 4 lectures by Peter Kubelka, as part of the London Film Festival.

November 2001
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
National Film Theatre, London
4 mixed programmes of recent international short films.

October 2001
CINEMA AURICULAR
Barbican Centre, London
5 programmes on electronic music and film, plus concert by Phill Niblock.

May 2001
FLOATING THROUGH TIME: THE FILMS OF LARRY JORDAN
Oberhausen International Kurzfimtage
2 programme retrospective of filmmaker Larry Jordan, presented by the filmmaker.

April 2001
LIKE SEEING NEW YORK FOR THE FIRST TIME: SIX EXTRAORDINARY FILMS OF MANHATTAN IN THE 60S & 70S
Tate Modern, London
2 programmes of New York avant-garde films, forming part of the “Century City: Art & Culture in the Modern Metropolis” exhibition.

2000

November 2000
KEN JACOBS’ NERVOUS SYSTEM
London Film Festival, London (and UK tour)
Live performances of the Nervous System projection system by Ken Jacobs at the London National Film Theatre (LFF), Oxford Picture House (Oxford MoMA), Manchester Cornerhouse and Nottingham Broadway, plus 3 programme Ken Jacobs retrospective at London Lux, Glasgow Film Theatre, Leeds International Film Festival, Hull Screen, Sheffield Showroom, Manchester Cornerhouse, Brighton Cinematheque.

October 2000
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Leeds Art Gallery
Solo programmes devoted to the short films of Pierre Clementi, Shuji Terayama, John Smith, an introduction to British Avant-Garde Film, plus the 3 programme Ken Jacobs touring retrospective and an evening of “Little Stabs at Happiness” featuring Fahrenheit 451.

1999

October / November 1999
THE AMERICAN CENTURY PART 2: THE COOL WORLD: 1950S AND 1960S
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Guest co-curator (with Chrissie Iles) of 2 months of screenings of over 100 individual programmes of artists’ film and video made in North America in the 1950s / 1960s.

October 1999
AN UNDERGROUND PRIMER
Leeds International Film Festival
2 programme introduction to American underground film.

March 1999
SONIC CELLULOID
Sonic Arts Network at the ICA , London
An evening of music and film from the lofts of New York, presented by Mark Webber and Robert Worby. Featuring films by Ira Cohen and Beverley & Tony Conrad, plus rare audio from John Cage, Terry Riley, Richard Maxfield and The Velvet Underground.

1998

October 1998
UNDERGROUND AMERICA
Barbican Centre / Lux Centre, London
Retrospective of American Avant-Garde Film 1950s-1970s. 16 programmes of short films, plus related feature films.

July 1998
THE FILMS OF ANDY WARHOL
Barbican Centre, London
2 programmes of films by Andy Warhol to accompany the exhibition “The Warhol Look”.

1997

December 1997 – November 2000
LITTLE STABS AT HAPPINESS
ICA, London
Monthly film and music club featuring 3 short films and a rarely seen feature film, plus experimental music and disco. 33 events over a 3-year period. Also presented in Bologna (as part of Arte Fiera 2000), Shanghai, Leeds and Bristol.

October 1997
THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONCERT IS NOT FOR ENTERTAINMENT
Barbican Centre, London
Fundraising benefit concert for the artists La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela at the Barbican Concert Hall. Featuring live performances by Pulp, Spiritualized, Nick Cave, English Chamber Orchestra (playing Steve Martland) and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, tape contributions by Spring Heel Jack (with videos by Paul Catling), Terry Riley and Yoko Ono, video footage of La Monte Young and La Monte Young with the Forever Bad Blues Band. Hosted by Anthony H. Wilson.