BEEF’s Department of Moving Images invites you to experience the long exposure and to join the line-up for Vicky Smith’s 2020 Screen Tests.
“The poor sensitivity to light in early photography meant that moving subjects were required to remain as still as possible for the prolonged exposure times. Warhol appears to reference this dynamic in his 1960s Screen Tests , yet in this series the condition of stillness is placed in tension with the medium of the moving image. The vast quantity of over 500 screen tests is also a seeming nod to the 19th c fashion for collectibles. During the 1850s the socially mobile posed for long photographic exposures and then exchanged these selfie calling cards with other members of the bourgeoisie”