An evening with visual artist Hetain Patel and guests, exploring Hetain’s work through the lenses of art, cinema, and the toy industry. In between screenings of a number of his recent short films, including his afro-kung-fu-sign-language spectacle Don’t Look at the Finger, and The Jump - his Spider-Man homage featuring 17 of his family members, Hetain will be chatting with experts from the worlds of cinema and toys and games. This includes film director Andy Delaney, known for directing a number of iconic music videos for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Spice Girls, George Michael and Soul II Soul, as well as his recent feature film Love is Blind. Also joining Hetain on stage will be Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation, an organisation supporting inventors in the toy industry, championing creativity across the sector and Deej Johnson - a writer and creative consultant, whose end clients range from members of The Magic Circle to brands such as Costa Coffee and Disney Store. The panel will be reflecting on Patel’s practice through their individual industry lenses, exploring the intersection of their worlds and the viability of artists interested to take a leap into other areas.
Hetain Patel is a visual artist working across film, photography, sculpture and live performance in galleries, theatres and online. Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non-professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.
In recent years Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, and made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta, with his dad. He designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale and has created a number of multi lingual dance theatre productions, including a commission for Candoco Dance Company, which continues to tour internationally. In 2013 Patel was invited to do a TED talk, which has since had close to 3 million hits, adding to a total of 38 million views of his videos and performances online.
This event is part of American Export a programme of projects exploring the ubiquity of American culture via post colonial and transatlantic prisms. Curated by Christina Millare, American Export is developed with support from CREAM at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England.