Benjamin Cook, Director at LUX in London discusses his collaborative-curated video program with Dazibao in Montreal, for the exhibition of recent works by British and Quebec artists.
Tell us a little bit about your organization:
LUX supports and promotes artists' working with the moving image through distribution, exhibition, education, publishing and research. It also represents the UK's only significant collection of films and videos made by artists, and the largest such collection in Europe.
What is the project you are working on as part of QC-UK CONNECTION?
LUX in London and Dazibao in Montreal will join forces to curate and present an exhibition, video program and artists' exchange focusing on contemporary moving image works by British and Quebec artists.
How does a cultural exchange with Quebec impact your work?
Although we have had a long connection with Canada, particularly the arts community in Toronto we have had little contact with artists and organisations in Québec. This project has allowed us to make important cultural connections in this region both for ourselves and the UK artists we represent.
What else are you working on?
LUX recently worked with BBC Arts to organise an artists' residency within the BBC, giving artists access to the resources of the UK's national broadcaster. Six artists undertook the residency and produced new works, which launched at Tate Modern last Autumn. As well as giving artists unique access to the BBC, the project enabled six new works to be produced, which were then made available through LUX and the BBC.