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Moss Index Vol. II

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves has been selected to screen at Moss Index Vol. II. The screening takes place at Artists' Television Access in San Francisco on 06/03/19.

Moss Index gazes at haunted landscapes, strange lifeforms, and provides tools for viewing the invisible.

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Mental Space - WNDX 2018

My 2014 film Mental Space has been selected for the September 2018 edition of WNDX in Winnipeg, Canada. The film will be presented in a programme assembled by guest programmers Festival Les Inattendus.

Made in 2014, Mental Space was a direct attempt to convey the inner workings of the visionary imagination, inspired in part by Coleridge’s Romantic fantasias Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Mental Space aimed to channel the peculiar atmosphere of these strange poems and their intoxicating vistas of exotic mystery. The film invites immersion onto a dreamed-up Otherworld where visions of coral-like foliage, fiery chasms, emerald jungles and magic flowers proliferate.

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Lost Gardens & The Signal - Alchemy 2018

Lost Gardens and The Signal will be installed at Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival. Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival takes place in Hawick, Scotland, running from the 3rd to the 7th of May 2018.

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Invisible Geographies

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves has been selected for Invisible Geographies, the 20th anniversary edition of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. FLEFF takes place at Ithaca College, NY, USA and is curated by Dale Hudson and Claudia Pedersen. The exhibition also has a strong on-line presence, with all the films available to watch on the FLEFF website, alongside informed commentaries on the works selected.

The curators have written an insightful piece on The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves; here is a short excerpt:

He guides us into places that we seldom visit. The dark images present a challenge to audiences accustomed to streaming media on their laptops and mobile and watching them in full light. In order to see the images clearly, the video prompts the audience to view the video in a darkened room, which figuratively embodies the video’s subject of grottos and groves, where stone and foliage offer a visually obscuring protection from the sun. The play of light appears to contradict a sense of spatial depth, suggesting geographies that are rarely written on film or video. Tatum describes his videos as “windows or portals to another world,” inviting audiences “to peer across the threshold” into an aspect of nature that most have not experienced. Because of accelerated global warming, the video may soon be a document to an irretrievable verdant past.


Lost Gardens - Videoformes 2018

Lost Gardens has been selected to screen at Videoformes Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France in March 2018.

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Lost Gardens - Les Inattendus 2018

Lost Gardens has been selected for Les Inattendus Festival de films très indépendants. The festival takes place in Lyon, France in February 2018.

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The Signal - Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2018

The Signal has been selected for the 31st Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media. Stuttgarter Filmwinter takes place in February 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany. The Signal will be installed for the duration of the festival, forming part of the Media In Space exhibition.

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Toby Tatum - A World Assembled - Solo Exhibition

Preview Saturday 27th January, 6pm to 8pm

Solaris gallery is proud to present the debut print exhibition by artist and film-maker Toby Tatum. A World Assembled presents a series of limited-edition Giclée prints of images from Toby Tatum’s films, covering a period of his work dating from 2011 to 2017. Solaris invites you to consider these mysterious creations, to peer into an enchanted realm of magic flowers, lost gardens, secret grottoes, cranial caves, secluded groves and fiery chasms. Visit a world transformed by the shaping spirit of the imagination.

“I live near an ancient, overgrown wood. Standing by my window I look out over this green horizon and imagine the line of trees gradually approaching. As I listen carefully I think I can hear the slow creak of branches as this wood steadily advances, moving quietly through the suburban streets. I see buildings lost to foliage and cars embraced by roots. I look forward to the secret whisperings of the approaching leaves.” Toby Tatum

Exhibition runs until 3rd March

Solaris, 76 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0EJ, UK

(01424) 427392


Legally High

Toby Tatum's 2017 video The Signal screens at Legally High, an exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists Alexandra Drawbridge, Gerard Hemsworth, Charles Koning, Anne Parfitt, and Toby Tatum.

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards-on-Sea
TN38 0AL

Preview Friday 8th September 6-8pm
Exhibition open: 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th September 2017, from 12-5pm

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Panoramic Meditations

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves screens at Moviate Underground Film Festival on 28/05/17, screening as part of the Panoramic Meditations programme.

The programme includes five visionary works that reflect upon our relationship with the natural world:

Talamh, Josh Weissbach, Ireland/USA – 7 Minutes, 16mm print (Silent)
The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves, Toby Tatum, UK – 10 Minutes, Digital
HearNW, Ben Popp, USA – 10 Minutes, Super 16mm
Shadows of Summer, Jason Younkman, USA – 12 Minutes, Newvicon VHS
Way of the Gods, Lorenzo Gattorna, USA/Hong Kong/Japan/Taiwan – 10 Minutes, Super 8/35mm Stills

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The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves - Videoformes 2017

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves has been selected for Videoformes Festival International d'Artes Numériques 2017. Since 1984 Videoformes has been a major international showcase of contemporary film and video work. The festival takes place in March 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

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Film Panic - Retrospective Screening

A retrospective selection of Toby Tatum's films screens at Maus Hábitos - Espaço de Intervenção Cultural in Porto, Portugal on 07/12/16, showing as part of the Film Panic series.

Film Panic Presents: A Showcase Of Contemporary Underground And Experimental Cinema is curated by film-makers Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais of the Underground Film Studio.

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The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves - Swedenborg Film Festival

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves has been selected for the November 2016 edition of the Swedenborg Film Festival.

The film is a result of a year-long self-initiated vision quest into the twisted labyrinths of the forest.

The festival features new work by: Lisa Birke, Rose Butler, Angus Carlyle & Chiara Caterina, Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, Harold Charre, Karin Gunnarsson, Bernd Lützeler, James Norton, Monika Oechsler, Charlotte Pryce, Karen Russo, Team Five with Max Hattler, Toby Tatum, Müge Yildiz.

The festival is judged by the film-maker Andrew Kötting.

The Swedenborg Film Festival takes place on 26/11/16 at the Swedenborg House in Bloomsbury, London. Admission is free but capacity is limited. Tickets can be booked at:

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The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves - ASFF 2016

The Toby Tatum Guide to Grottoes & Groves has been selected to premiere at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, screening in the Artists' Film category. The film is the result of a year-long self-initiated vision quest into the twisted labyrinths of the forest.

ASFF 2016 Takes Place in the City of York, UK from the 3rd to the 6th of November 2016.

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Mental Space - Visions in the Nunnery 2016

Mental Space has been selected for Visions in the Nunnery. A renowned showcase of recent moving image and performance works by emerging and established artists, Visions offers an international overview of the challenging and thoughtful uses of these ever shifting mediums. Established in 1999, Visions has been consistently pioneering in its championing of emerging and experimental moving image practice. Celebrating its tenth incarnation, Visions 2016 will explore what has changed since the last exhibition (2010), building on its seventeen-year history of critical engagement with digital and performance art. The exhibition will include installations, performances, screenings and talks, combining invited works from previously exhibited established artists alongside emerging talent selected from a worldwide open call.

Visions in the Nunnery takes place at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow, London from the 5th October to the 18th December 2016. Visions in the Nunnery is selected and curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland.

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The Museum of Monsters

This summer, Horsham Museum mounts an exhibition dedicated to the discovery of the dinosaurs, in particular the unearthing of the fossil remains that led to the creation of the dinosaur park that still stands in London’s Crystal Palace. The life-size dinosaurs at Crystal Palace, created in 1854 by Benjamin Waterhouse Watkins, are arranged to allow wanderers through the park to become wanderers through time, strolling chronologically past the bygone beasts of previous worlds. These antediluvian animals include the Megalosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Pterodactyl, Palaetherium, Megatherium and the Irish Elk. Formerly, Crystal Palace was also home to other fantastic attractions, sadly now long gone. These included the Wurtemberg Collection of Stuffed Animals (around 1500 in number), the Tropical Department and the Palace of Illusions. Only the Geological Department remains today. Toby Tatum's 2013 film Monsters, which features some of Sydenham's speculative dinosaur statuary, has been included as part of the show. In the film the statues become overgrown follies, hidden in an abandoned garden amid outsized flowers and rampant foliage. Monsters screens alongside the fossil remains of the famous Horsham Iguanodon, as well as other dinosaur finds and a treasure trove of material relating to their discoveries.

Dinosaurs of Horsham – Art, Reality and Fun runs from 9th July to 5th September 2016.

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Mental Space - Chicago Underground Film Festival

Mental Space has been selected for The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest running experimental film festival in the world.

Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events their goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but instead to focus on the artistic, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

The festival runs from the 1st to the 6th of June 2016, taking place at the Logan Theatre in Chicago, USA.

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The Subterraneans - Thinking Like a Forest

The Subterraneans screens at Acud in Berlin, Germany on the 6th of May 2016. The work features as part of a programme of shorts called Thinking Like A Forest.

The programme includes short films by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, Salomé Lamas, Martin Lampprecht, Eakalak Maleetipawan, Lauren Reid, Toby Tatum.

Curated by Lauren Reid with Elsa Salonen.

The short film programme Thinking Like a Forest marks the finissage of the exhibition “Guided by the Stars of the Southern Hemisphere” by Elsa Salonen.

Drawing together short films by artists, interspersed with perspectives from researchers, Thinking like a Forest imagines the forest as a psychic space with its own will, desires and dreams. The program follows in the footsteps of Aldo Leopold’s call to ‘think like a mountain’, or appreciate the profound interconnectedness of all the elements in ecosystems (including ourselves). “Thinking like a forest” explores what happens when the human mind merges with the forest mind and in turn how our visions of nature reflect cultural beliefs and our own personal identities.

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The Subterraneans - Surplus|Lack

The Subterraneans screens at Surplus|Lack, April 22, 2016 at The Lab, 2948-16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.

Surplus|Lack is curated by Peter Freund and Jaimie Baron.

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Mental Space - Swedenborg Film Festival 2016

Mental Space has been selected for the 2016 Swedenborg Film Festival. Curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), the Swedenborg Film Festival screens work by new and established talent of experimental and artists' film. Selected films will be screened on Thursday 24th of March 2016, to a public audience at Swedenborg Hall in Bloomsbury, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (The Guardian).

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Uncommon Chemistry

Uncommon Chemistry includes work by Simon Bayliss & Lucy Stein, Lydia Brockless, Adam Chodzko, Esther Collins, Julia Crabtree & William Evans, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Grantchester Pottery, Jacqui Hallum, Sophie von Hellermann, Clyde Hopkins, Dan Howard-Birt, Nicholas Johnson, Henry Krokatsis, Harry Lawson, Hannah Lees, Fiona MacDonald, Tim Meacham, Simon Periton, Gino Saccone, Toby Tatum, Susan Taylor, Pauline Wood.

Observer Bld, Hastings. 20th March - 17th April 2016. Preview: Saturday 19th March, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Uncommon Chemistry is curated by Dan Howard-Birt.

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Mental Space - Videoformes Festival 2016

Mental Space screens at the 2016 Videoformes Festival. Videoformes is an international festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France which celebrates innovations in digital creation. The festival runs from 17/03/16 until 02/04/16 and features installations, videos, performances, multidisciplinary digital creations and panel discussions on thematic expanded creative industries and social developments related to digital arts.

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Mental Space - Les Inattendus Film Festival

Mental Space will screen at the 10th edition of Les Inattendus Film Festival that will take place in Lyon, January 22nd - 30th, 2016.

Since 1997, Les Inattendus Film Festival has provided a platform for films that radically challenge conventional filmmaking standards.

Les Inattendus Film Festival shows fiercely singular and aesthetically audacious films.

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