Better Made Progress is a retrospective survey of short films by the American artist and film programmer Amir George made between 2011 and 2016. The films are an exploration of mental health patterns and processes of healing; including spiritual stories that juxtapose sound and image with a non-linear perception, fragmented vignettes that conjure the secret life of objects both found and collected that reside in a world within a world, and cinematic journeys of cathartic experiences.
TRW, 2011. Video, 5 min.El Quatro, 2012. Video, 4 min.Mae’s Journal, 2013. Video, 12 min.Vicissitude, 2013. Video, 4 min.Just A Place, 2014. Video, 2 min.Shades of Shadows, 2015. Video, 6 min.Moments of Intention, 2016. Video, 7 min.Black Gold, 2016. Video, 1 min.Encompassed Wisdom of an Inevitable Manifestation, 2016. Video, 1 min.Decadent Asylum, 2016. Video, 17 min.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland (part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network). With thanks to Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
This screening takes place alongside a series of events produced by Black Radical Imagination in partnership with LUX Scotland, including a one-day symposium entitled Collective Blackness at Talbot Rice Gallery on Sunday 3 December, and events at Glasgow School of Art on Saturday 2 December, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London on Sunday 10 December and LUX in London on Monday 11 December.
Amir George is a practicing alchemist working as an artist and film programmer. He creates work for cinema, gallery spaces and live performance. Born and bred in Chicago, his moving image work and curated programmes have been shown internationally. In addition to founding a grassroots film programming organisation called Cinema Culture, George is the co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, a touring experimental short film series.