Self does not understand: A film screening event organised by Erik Martinson



Self does not understand: A film screening event organised by Erik Martinson
Thursday 4 July | 7–8.30pm
Free, no booking required


Taking Serena Lee’s Second Tongues proposition Canadian Curator Erik Martinson has been invited to programme an evening of film and readings. Self does not understand takes its title from a character from the 1980’s comic The New Mutants, Doug Warlock who always refers to himself as ‘Self’. Self’s mutant power is that he can transform into anything, and has a very different way to understand our world, needing to constantly learn about how humans communicate with each other.

This event considers tiny translations between: ‘self’ and ‘self’, ‘self’ and ‘other self’, ‘self’ and ‘other’, ‘other’ and ‘other’, and various permutations or these arbitrary structures. When fluency and comprehension are closely examined, the solid ground they present is quickly revealed as ongoing, fragile calculations. Like a decimal place rounded-up, they are an approximation, even within the same language set. Fluency and comprehension are made up of so many encounters, of so many oscillations between understanding and not, until one seems to win out.

The event features a selection of artists’ moving image and will incorporate a live reading. Artists presented include Anastasia Sosunova, Jessa Mockridge, with more to be announced.



Erik Martinson (Canada/Latvia) is an independent curator and writer based in London, UK. He worked in Toronto at Vtape, a not-for-profit video art distributor, from 2005-2014, and was a member of the Pleasure Dome curatorial collective from 2006-2014. He has curated screenings/exhibitions for: Art Star 3 Video Art Biennale at SAW Gallery (2007); Vtape’s Curatorial Incubator (2009); the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (2010, 2011); the Images Festival (2012); A Space Gallery (2012); Art Gallery of Mississauga (2013); Institute ofContemporary Arts London (2015); Chalton Gallery (2016); DIY Space for London (2016); LUX(2016/2017); Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius (2016); The Ryder,London (2017); and TorontoInternational Film Festival’sWavelengths Series (2017). He participated in the IndependentCurators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive on Time-BasedMedia, New York (2013) and was on the selection

jury for Videonale.15 at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015). He was assistant editor for the Nuclear Culture Source Book

(edited by Ele Carpenter) published by Black Dog Publishing in partnership with Bildmuseet and Arts Catalyst (2016). Recently he completed his MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016) and was in residence at Rupert, Vilnius (2016). His screening series ‘Its origins are Indeterminate’ is being supported by the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Special Projects Award and will premiere in 2018.


Supported by Canada House, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Council England and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.







Image: still Serena Lee,  The Taste of The Name, video, 10.09

Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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