Adam Pugh

Category: 2020

The Centre and the Periphery September 2020 (unpublished)

It seems unbelievable now, but there was a time, not so long ago, when many independent cinemas in this country looked not so very different from their commercial counterparts. They either imported the commercial model of governance and operation unchanged, or else bolted onto this corporate chassis ersatz art programmes and learning departments as a […]

66th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen Art Monthly #438, July 2020

Viewed from most angles, at least for pre-internet curmudgeons, the very idea of an ‘online festival’ is painful, contradictory even. But needs must, and many film and art festivals have had scant time to decide whether to move to a remote model or else be cancelled entirely. What the experiment in Oberhausen this year confirms, […]

Fulfilment Centre Essay for 'WORK', Animate Projects, February 2020

Do we need work, or does it need us? The changing face of labour in the last few decades – towards automation, atomisation, autonomy – has, as all four of these films uncover, twisted even its own etymology. Here, dancing around between distribution hubs and foreclosed town centres, attentive companionship and relics of resistance is […]

49th International Film Festival Rotterdam Art Monthly #434, February 2020

Despite the bewildering array of thematic taxonomies at International Film Festival Rotterdam set on cross-referencing every film, somehow a distinct theme-between-themes remix emerged around collectivity, and it was this that enriched a small corner of the sprawling programme.  Whether as a means to make work, as something formed by the work, or as a route […]