Join artist Felix Melia and Siufan Adey, co-founder of architecture collective Afterparti, for an in-conversation and audience Q&A after a screening of his film Money for Nothing.
Screened for the first time in the UK at Towner, Felix Melia’s film, Money For Nothing, delves into an archaeology of tall tales, exploring conceptions of value, work, sanctuary, friendship and trust.
The film follows Tim Akister as he navigates the stratified spaces of East London, trawling scrap metal and salvaging bric-a-brac. Tim reflects on his past and ruminates on life as he experiences it, while continuing to look and to find.
Money for Nothing explores the ways we endow value and use stories to create meaning, construct our identities and form commonalities. It highlights the atmospheric power of public narratives employed by the state that link individual people to wider ideologies of social control and can lead us to construct our identities against someone else.
Money For Nothing will be screened from 2.00 - 2.35pm, after which Felix and Siufan will be in-conversation until 3.30pm and the audience will have a chance to ask questions.
The film will also be screened the day before this in-conversation – Friday 25 November 2022 – on a loop in Towner Cinema from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
This event sits alongside Brewers Towner International, on display at Towner 15 October 2022 to 22 January 2023.
Felix Melia is an artist living and working in London. Combining moving image, writing, installation and performance, his work addresses notions of public and private space, intimacy and agency. It is an exploration of the ways we perceive, move through and dwell in our environments.
He is particularly interested in the physical gestures and expressions we make to become visible and develop selfhood within regulated and often exclusionary spaces. In tandem to this, Melia’s work draws on the codes of storytelling as a way of unpacking and interpreting the languages we use to express ourselves and relate to one another.
Siufan Adey is a London-based researcher and video maker. She works to unravel dominant state and corporate narratives by listening to, and creating spaces for, the voices and experiences of marginalised communities. She is a co-founder of Afterparti, an architecture collective that critiques the built environment through the lenses of race and identity and a volunteer geo-locator at Airwars, a not-for-profit monitoring group that investigates civilian harm in conflict zones. Siufan is also studying a masters at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.