Covent Garden and St Mary le Strand

Film Title Poem 2016

St Mary Le Strand church
5pm — 2am


Film Memory Collection

St Mary Le Strand church
5pm to 12am

Covent Garden Apple Market
8pm to 11pm

No Prior Booking Required

Jennifer West presents the new work Film Title Poem (2016) in St Mary Le Strand church; an etched, hand-painted 35mm digitized film comprised of collaged words, images, patterns and glitches shot from over 500 movie title cards to a musical soundtrack.  West describes the new film as “a psychic montage of my inner-history of film in alphabetical order”.

The film is structured by a computer alphabetical sorting process, beginning with numbered films and moving through the list of movies in alphabetical order. The images were shot using a flashlight creating the effect of lighting the walls of a completely dark space. It is comprised of shots of individual movie titles and isolated words from the titles; these create a rhythmic word and image viewing game for the viewer, as they decipher recognisable fragments. Shot on analog 35mm film, the film celluloid of 8,000 feet of optical prints were inscribed with etched patterns, outlines, tracings, punctures and marks emphasizing the materiality of the film – using a host of unconventional tools such as forks, vegetable peelers, shards of mirror and hole punchers.

This work is part of a wider project considering the idea of the “remembered” film and how fiction weaves itself into our lives and memories – and how our viewing experience, and thus memories, has changed with the digital and Internet revolutions. Alongside the film, there will be a participatory “movie memory collection”: the public is invited to write and draw their own memories onto 70mm filmstrips – which West will later digitize to high-definition to create an animated film featuring the hand-drawn words, drawings and patterns created by the visitors.

Film Title Poem, 2016, 35mm optical print transferred to high-definition, sound. 67 minutes, 36 seconds


Jennifer West (born Topanga, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Significant commissions include Tramway, Glasgow, 2016; Seattle Art Museum, 2016; PICA TBA Festival, Portland, 2014; High Line Art, New York, 2012, The Aspen Art Museum, 2010 and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, 2009. West has exhibited widely in museums and art institutions internationally including: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg; Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; CAPC, Bordeaux, France; Drawing Center and White Columns, NY and ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe.

To read more about the artist, visit the Frieze archive.


Strand, London WC2R 1ES

St Mary le Strand stands on a traffic island, in the middle of the Strand, opposite the main entrance to King’s College London.

Public transport

Plan your journey using Transport for London’s Journey Planner or call Transport for London on 020 7222 1234.

London Underground

The nearest underground stations are Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.


The nearest mainline rail stations are Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars. Plan your journey with National Rail.


Buses servicing the Strand include numbers 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176. Get Bus Countdown information from Transport for London.


There are a number of cycle stands close to St Mary Le Strand.

The nearest Santander Cycle Hire docking stations are located on Victoria Embankment and the Strand. You can also use Cyclestreets to plan your cycle journey.


The River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy piers. Plan your journey with Thames Clippers.


There is a very limited number of parking spaces available near St Mary Le Strand. The ParkRight app for mobile, developed for the City of Westminster, can provide you with real time parking space occupancy information.


Please note this venue has no step free access, there are 10 STEPS to the entrance of the church.