Antonia Luxem creates films to explore different realities and bodies, and to transport viewers to new mental spaces. Her films are inspired by research in neurology and philosophy, in particular the idea of human perception; the brain’s visual interpretations of sounds from space; the individual’s anxiety in relation to the universe and the passing of time; thought processes; dream spaces.
Recently her subject matters have expanded to include questions of queer identity and homophobia, in order to share her experience as a lesbian and participate in the expansion of LGBTQ+ culture – challenging the system which has made that experience what it is.
Photos of Antonia Luxem's Studio
On the occasion of the Open Studios Antonia has made her film Dearest Degenerate, (2019) available to watch, as well as a clip from her new film Dreaming X which she has been working on during her residency.
Dreaming X Extract
Dreaming X follows queer a woman named ‘X’ through her dreamlike journey inside a mysterious and dark universe. There she encounters a number of puzzling characters. The confrontation with these archetypes lead X further and further in her quest, until she meets a group of beguiling circus performers and magicians who show her a new way of life and introduce her to the masked persons.
X Ishtar Apsara
Circus 1 Rosie Bartley
Circus 2 Gaia Ward
Magician Stevie Rankin
Death Zach Witness
Director of Photography Jackie Teboul
Costume Designer Simon Schmidt
Key Make-Up & Hair Artist Emily Wouters
Music Techno Thriller
Funded by FLAMIN & Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.
Antonia Luxem lives and works in London. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals in the UK and abroad. Recent and upcoming screenings and exhibitions include Fragment Gallery, Moscow; Whitechapel Gallery, London; B3 Biennal of the moving image, Frankfurt; Swiss Church, London; Well Projects, Margate; Turf Projects, Croydon; LIMBO, Margate; Whitstable Biennial, Guest Projects, London. Recent film festivals include New York Independent Film Festival, New York; Underwire Film Festival, London; KINOSKOP Analogue Festival, Belgrade; Traverse Video, Toulouse; and East End Film Festival, London.
Gasworks Studio Residencies are a response to outbreak of Covid-19, which has caused the postponement our international residency programme. Until the programme can resume, the residency studios have been made available to London-based artists and writers who are currently unable to afford their own dedicated workspace.