Pearlville, 2010

Multi-channel digital video installation
New Commission & Residency


Pearlville features a series of lo-fi and improvised films shot each day in a makeshift temporary film factory that was based at Islington Mill in Salford in early August, where camera carrying contraptions were left to their own devices to gather footage. Alex Pearl's residency, conjured the spirit of early comedy companies, such as Majestic Films and King Bee Studios, where films were created every few days, recycling sets, cast, and gags. His practice alludes to one-man virtuosity, whilst accepting chance, failure and disappointment.


His installation, strewn with furniture and monitors, can be read as distinct films or one larger film across seventeen screens. Intriguingly Pearlville recalls wider cinema references; clockwork double acts evoke Bonnie & Clyde and Laurel & Hardy; David Lynch's Eraserhead is uncannily evoked in Embankment and, curiously, The Man from Lieksa appears to cite Juhana Moisander's The Manager, also shot at Islington Mill.


See his dedicated project blog here:


Alex Pearl was born 1968 and lives and works in London. Pearl sets up situations, which illustrate our predicament. He makes mini-epic films, video installations, games, photographs, sculpture, blogs and books. Throughout his work there is a sense of an acceptance of failure or disappointment as important parts of

the human condition.


Brought up in Cheshire, educated in Birmingham and living in Ipswich, Alex Pearl exhibits internationally while trying to avoid travel. In the last year has shown in New York, Berlin, Belfast, The Hague, St Gallen, Manchester, Munich, San Francisco, London, Marseille, Stoke-on-Trent, Sydney, Cardiff and Valencia.


Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Imaginary Solution, Spacex, Exeter; Sedimentary Sight, Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland; The Air is Wet with Sound, Rekord, Oslo; Smoke and Mirrors, Mac, Birmingham; I love cinema and Cinema loves Me, Camden Art Centre, London.