On the Big Screen: The Bigger Picture National Commissions

15 October – 2 November

The Bigger Picture is proud to present The Bigger Picture National Commissions. These are four new exceptional works for Big Screens around the nation which push boundaries in the use of public space, audience participation and interaction.

Premiering in Manchester, the works will tour nationally in 2007 and 2008. See The Bigger Picture National Commissions website for more information, including tour dates and clips of the works.


Perry Bard’s piece 2008:Man With A Movie Camera is an experimental global remake of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece by people around the world. People are invited to record video according to Vertov’s original script and submit it to http://dziga.perybard.net As participants submit their footage, the 21st century version will emerge – an experiment in database cinema streaming to the Big Screen.

Sheffield based Juneau Projects and communities have produced an animated piece entitled Honorable Ordinaries created from personally significant images and symbols from the natural world. These animations will form contemporary heraldic motifs built around a shared sense or identity.

susan pui san lok’s piece DIY/Ballroom Live explores amateurism, and ballroom as local, international and cultural dance. A new video-work based on found online footage was coupled with a live participatory event, feeding analogue moves back to the digital on 13 October at Urbis, Manchester. www.myspace.com/diyballroomlive.

Celestial by Esther Johnson takes the form of an experimental portrait exploring changing weather phenomena and mystical representations of the sky. Interviews with experts and enthusiasts, meteorological data and time-lapsed footage combine with a conceptual soundscape to show how the vast canvas of the sky effects our daily lives.

The Bigger Picture National Commissions are produced by The Bigger Picture; Enter_; Lumen; and Site Gallery. Commissioned by Cornerhouse in association with the BBC, funded by Arts Council England, supported by Urban Screens Conference Manchester.