Flatness

is creating artists' moving image and network culture

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A thank you note with special update and Flatness flashback.
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A more detailed thank you letter containing a special behind the scenes update. Discounts to Flatness digital seminars.
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Special update with premiere access to view new commissions plus a quarterly hi-res download and discounted Flatness digi seminars.
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About

Flatness began life as an artists’ moving image programme of screenings for Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 2013 entitled Flatness: Cinema after the Internet, which included contributions from Ed Atkins, Anthea Hamilton, Oliver Laric and Ghislaine Leung amongst others. Viewership was limited by geographic proximity and access to the festival. The website flatness.eu provided a platform for remote online audiences to view the works, as well as space to expand discussion with featured texts by Mark Fisher, Mercedes Bunz and other thinkers. The platform’s early programming speculated on the potential for online audiences to be creators of the work or 'prosumers' (producer-consumers) and examined subjective, historical and labour relationships flattened by the screen.

The new 2019 programme with contributions by Adam Farah, Dan Walwin, Rehana Zaman and Lucy Clout to name but a few, developed out of the political ruptures of 2016, also #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and the Arab Spring, movements mobilised by the internet. It’s also a reflection of many of our lived experiences of the art industry where people of colour are in token ways hypervisible but structurally disempowered. 

Flatness aims to make a friendly and generative space for artists to flow and connect, using rich digital languages which have become second nature to many.
 
We, meaning me, Shama Khanna the curator, together with the artists that make up this site, are asking users to help us create more distance from colonial narratives which state funding under Tory government fumbles and fails to disentangle itself from. Furthermore, we collectively resist reproducing the stereotype of womxn creatives giving away their labour for free.

We ask you to pay to keep Flatness going. The goal is to raise a week’s pay a month (£1000) divided equally between mine and the programmers' roles, and paying artists to make new work. This will create a vital boost to the site at this critical time when project funding and my income as a freelancer lecturer is threatened.

Support from our readers will mean Flatness can continue to exist with increasing autonomy, creating the risk-taking programming we have become known for over the past seven years. Feed us flat money to help us grow!
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