Kate Liston. ‘Living organism’. Tyneside cinema. 30.8.18

Presenting her own new film, ‘Treatment’, as part of a four-piece lineup of short filmed pieces, northeast moving image artist Kate Liston explores the impact of psychical objects onto human behaviour in ‘Living organism’.
Beginning with Ella Bergmann-Michels ‘Where old people live’ and ‘Handtinting’ (Joyce Wieland) ‘Living’ uses historical, silent, short films to consider how human behaviour is shaped by the physical and societal structures around us.  

Separate in their central narratives (‘Where’ explores shared accommodation in early 1900s Germany, whilst ‘Handtinting’ examines female gesticulation) both pieces offer an interesting exploration into societies default into learnt behaviours and conformation. 
Liston’s ‘Treatment’ pushes these explorations further, interplaying a filmed piece about a female runner with on-screen cut-aways to the films directorial script.  Serene in places, and deliberately irregular in its pace, Treatment is hugely thought-provoking in its re-contextualising of the subconscious activities which come to define our actions.  
Ending with final film ‘Mutalism’, Tess Denman-Ceaver’s automatic writing performance narrative created as she watched ‘Treatment’, ‘ Living’ is a triumph in the creation of a new narrative through clever curation and sequencing historic and new work together.

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