A black screen with a slight beam of light in the center.


Peter Gidal
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30PM

A foremost exponent of British Structural/Materialist cinema, Gidal contributes CODA I and CODA II to Frieze Film. The starting point for these 16mm films is a soundtrack that consists of three lines from a 1,000-word story he wrote in 1971, read by William Burroughs. Gidal describes the films’ so-called imagery as “a complex of barely visible cuts in space and time, the opposite of erasure, but nothing so much as visible.” Curated and produced in collaboration with Frieze Foundation curator Nicola Lees, Frieze Film is a series of new short-form moving image works by Petra Cortright, Peter Gidal, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, Oraib Toukan, and Erika Vogt produced for television. Petra Cortright, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, and Erika Vogt’s Frieze Films were all produced during artist residencies at EMPAC in fall 2013. The works are broadcast on Channel 4 (UK) as part of Random Acts. The shorts will be screened individually prior to EMPAC screening series throughout Spring 2014.

CODA I and CODA II will be screened Thursday, February 20, 2014 preceding The Short Films of George Lucas & Arthur Lipsett

Peter Gidal lives and works in London. One of the foremost exponents of British Structural/Materialist cinema and a key member of London Filmmakers’ Co-op since 1968, Gidal is active as a filmmaker and theorist. His films were given a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and LUX, London (both 1998), as well as the ICA, London (1983). He is renowned in particular for his highly influential publications Andy Warhol: Films and Paintings (Studio Vista/Dutton Pictureback, 1971), Understanding Beckett: Monologue and Gesture (Macmillan/ Palgrave, 1986), and Materialist Film (Routledge, 1989), which was reissued in 2013.

Dates + Tickets

Time-Based Visual Art
Peter Gidal
Thursday 20
7:30 PM
February 2014
As part of


Production Credits

Co-commissioned by Frieze Foundation for Channel 4