Observatory Cinema \\ All Light, Everywhere
Theo Anthony | 2021 | no certificate | USA | Memory / Sandbox Films
The open air premiere of Theo Anthony’s award winning documentary All Light, Everywhere (Sundance 2021, non-fiction experimentation), which explores the personal and philosophical relationships between cameras and weaponry. Once again, as in his acclaimed debut feature RAT FILM, director Theo Anthony roots his inquiry in Baltimore, a city that has long been a testing ground for new policing technologies.
Using the rise of police body cameras as a point of departure, Anthony creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of our shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. Moving from the 19th century, where the nascent art of photography went hand in hand with colonial projects and the development of automatic weapons, to the headquarters of Axon, a company with a near monopoly on body cameras in the United States, Anthony charts a long view of the relationship between photography and violence. His narrative encompasses abstract explorations of the nature of perception and concrete examples of how the limitations of that perception are weaponised.
All Light, Everywhere presents this authoritarian use of photography without ever losing sight of the medium’s potential to subvert. Anthony’s self-reflexive style makes room for both ambiguity and the sublime, employing verité, performance, and archival research to frame and reframe, underline and undermine. The film stands as a rebuke of the very images it uses to construct its argument. All Light, Everywhere orients the viewer toward a more democratic approach to the image, forsaking the illusion of certainty for a shared journey towards truth.
8pm (All Light, Everywhere run time 105 minutes)
10pm: Event ends
On site, you will find food and drinks vendors, including Cowshed Catering, portaloos and accessible areas. Please note that due to licensing you will not be able to bring your own alcohol or glass to this event.
No parking will be available on site except for anyone with access requirements. There is road parking and lay-bys on the way up and then a 5-10 minute walk on an incline up to the Observatory on Bidston Hill.
This event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately – we recommend that you bring your own blankets and cushions to make the most of this experience. Observatory Cinema will go-ahead whatever the weather (rain or shine). We recommend you dress warmly, wear layers and bring a waterproof coat. If adverse weather conditions mean that the event is unable to progress safely and the event is cancelled, ticket holders will be issued with a refund. Please note no dogs are allowed on site. We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure.
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Working with Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre, we have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group throughout your time with us. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site. Please see our statement about continuing Stage 3 measures on the journal.