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I am delighted to have been awarded an Artist Residency in Iceland in 2015. I am looking forward to spending 5 weeks in Iceland writing poems and creating poetryfilms in January and February 2015. My work will explore art, science and nature within the context of the Northern Lights, sulphuric volcanoes, boiling mud, and Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
PoetryFilm Blackboard was a participatory text/art project devised by Zata Kitowski. Participants were invited to write or draw on a blackboard using chalk. A photograph was taken of each person’s blackboard and a montage film was made showcasing all the blackboard contributions. PoetryFilm Blackboard was commissioned by the Southbank Centre as part of Poetry International and the Festival of Love on 18, 19, 20 July 2014 and took place at the Saison Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall.
In the early 1980s clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene used inexpensive, domestic technology to find new modes of expression and subvert the mainstream media. The DIY approach of punk was powerfully reborn.
The period also saw new perspectives and voices emerge. More female, gay and black filmmakers pushed themselves forward and often they were friends; squatting flats, clubbing and developing new styles and techniques together. ‘Scratch video’ artists meanwhile cut-up pre-existing material to create startling new juxtapositions and reveal hidden meanings, and had an extraordinary impact.
These films focus on work from the early 80s that explored the blurred lines between media images and identity, creating new dialogues between the self and the world. Technology appeared to ease life, make things more exciting yet also create gaps between people. Artists considered what images and technology could mean and be in their fullest sense.
Weaving film and video together, often utilsing religious imagery, and introducing colour, effects and surface texture, filmmakers generated a new, vividly transcendental style by the end of the post-punk era. Key examples of this sensual, visually mature work are presented alongside other dynamic pieces that explore the dreamlike state.* The films are listed below.
Colour has been used in silent film since its very beginning – as spectacle in its own right, as a means of underscoring a narrative by addressing the senses and emotions of the audience, and in relation to the opening up of a world of colour in other popular art forms.
In this selection you will find glorious examples of hand colour, tinting and toning, stencil colour from the sound era as well as Gasparcolor and Technicolor from the sound era.*
PoetryFilm has been invited to be a delegate at the Archive Screening Day event at the BFI Southbank organised by the ICO (Independent Cinema Office). Designed for independent exhibitors, this will be an industry screenings event showcasing films from the UK’s national and regional film archives – extremely rich resources.
The Archive Screening Day sessions are outlined below and the archive film programmes will be posted here separately.
Magic Mirror translates the startling force of French surrealist Claude Cahun’s photographs into a choreographed series of tableaux vivants. Re-staging Cahun’s black and white images with selected extracts from her book Aveux Non Avenus (Confessions Untold), the film explores the links between Cahun’s photographs and writings. The kaleidoscope aesthetic that runs through the film serves not only to weave between image and word but also between the work of Cahun and the films of Sarah Pucill, creating a dialogue between two artists who share similar iconography and concerns. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Pucill and Helena Reckitt.*
3 December, 7pm, JW3 Cinema, London
I am delighted to have been invited to contribute an academic presentation called The PoetryFilm Archive 2002-2015 to the Pararchive Conference at Leeds University.
This AHRC-funded conference and community showcase marks the climax of an eighteen-month multidisciplinary research project entitled Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive. The project is based at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds and seeks to build new interactive environments that explore issues of ownership, public and institutional relationships and provide tools for collaborative community research and creative expression using digital heritage resources.
Many thanks to the team at Pararchive for the invitation.
Friday 27th March 2015 – Saturday 28th March 2015
stage@leeds, University of Leeds
“The idea behind the work is more important than the work itself.” – Stuart McAlpine Miller
Cited by art critics as “changing the course of art history” and having had his influence and appeal likened to Picasso, Stuart McAlpine Miller has catapulted to the forefront of the contemporary art scene.
His new collection, Mirror Mirror, goes above and beyond classic portraiture and offers a storyboard of social commentary. His work exposes the vanity and consumerism of modern society and reflects it back on the viewer. There is intelligence behind the gloss.
The exhibition will launch with a special private view in the presence of the artist on Thursday 4th December 6pm – 9pm in Mayfair. It will then run for three weeks.
Following the PoetryFilm event in Cork, today PoetryFilm is heading to Dublin.
Photograph taken at the launch of Christopher Orr’s show at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh.
The picture of the painting in the catalogue is nearly exactly to scale.