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 Regulate art exhibition in Sheffield runs until 5 December 2014 at The Montgomery in Sheffield. The show features work by 12 artists exploring the theme of repetition, including Full Stop by Zata Kitowski.
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.
Travelling to Cork today reminds me of a film about Antonin Artaud I saw last year at the Portobello Cinema called The Door Ajar. Thanks to Niall McDevitt for bringing this valuable film to London.
*On August 14th 1937 the French poet and theatre director, Antonin Artaud, arrived in Cobh in County Cork, bringing with him a stick which he believed St. Patrick owned. His intention was to return the staff to its rightful owners and, with their help, to rediscover some fundamental truths.
His journey didn’t turn out exactly as planned and, on September 23rd, he was arrested while trying to gain entrance to a religious house on the outskirts of Dublin. Other than these facts, little record remains of his journey, except for a scant outline of his movements provided by two unpaid bills and some postcards sent from Galway.
The Door Ajar examines Artaud’s back-catalogue of poems, letters and essays and uses them to create a possible account of the weeks he spent travelling in Ireland, revealing a fascinating portrait of a man hell-bent on a search for truth and driven by a longing to penetrate to the very core of existence. The unmistakable rigour and style of Paddy Jolley’s art brings Artaud’s journey to life – and his brilliant new film will inspire and enthral fellow filmmakers and audiences alike.
Director: Paddy Jolley
Producer: Edwina Forkin
*Text by Gráinne Humphreys, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
PoetryFilm heads to Cork today in advance of the O’Bheal Winter Warmer Festival, 21-22 November. Festival documentation will be posted here shortly.
Bob Jubilé is a year-long programme of displays and events devoted to the career and legacy of Bob Cobbing, curated by William Cobbing and Rosie Cooper.*
Bob Cobbing (1920-2002) was ‘the major exponent of concrete, visual and sound poetry in Britain’ (Robert Sheppard, The Guardian). His performances of printed sound poems involved stretching language through the deployment of shouts, hisses, groans, interspersed between more recognisable tracts of spoken word.
19 November – 19 December
16 John Islip Street, SW1P 4JU
11am – 5pm Wednesday-Friday
no.w.here presents Frenkel Defects. Wednesday 19th November 2014, no.w.here, third floor, 316 – 318 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AG. 7pm start.
Frenkel Defects* is a programme of hand made 16mm films from artists working in DIY labs worldwide. These works have been curated by Kevin Rice from Process Reversal a lab collective based in Colorado USA. Photosensitive film material is formed of a multitude of silver halide crystals, suspended in gelatine, without which we would not be able to record a latent negative image. A Frenkel Defect is a fault within the silver crystal structure of the film emulsion. Image by Andrew Busti
The most interesting aspect of a Frenkel Defect (at least in the vein of this program) is not specifically its photo-mechanical properties, but the implication that film must be imperfect to function. In this sense, the silver halide might also be seen as a reflection of our films and ourselves, both which, arguably, necessitate a mode of imperfection. Further, we might also consider that projection is a form of photography, one whereby we, the audience, are the photosensitive material – full of defects – that is allowed to be imprinted with a latent image. The full programme can be viewed here. *Text taken from no.w.here
The recent comments by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, brought to mind Sir Ken Robinson’s well-known TED Talk in which he makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures and encourages creativity.
The full transcript of the talk is below (with timings).
Some photographs from the Regulate launch at the Montgomery in Sheffield on Friday 7 November. Many thanks to Dora and the Regulate Team.
Below are photographs from the Prize Giving for the Shot Through the Heart poetry film competition (Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, July 2014). Congratulations to Ella Jane Chappell and Katie Garrett for the winning film Rolling Frames. Thanks to Rachel Cherry and Southbank Centre for the photographs.
Some photographs of John Dunbar’s show at England & Co.
“Rook & Raven are proud to present Abstract Geometry, an exhibition inspired by the development of the Fibonacci sequence in visual culture. Informing each featured artist’s work, the sequence appears in various manifestations, constant throughout, in a manner paradigmatic of Leonardo Fibonacci’s theorem, published in his 1202 landmark text, Liber Abaci. The text recounts the correlation between geometry and nature, leading to a shift in artistic practice, still evident today, in its similar link to the Golden Section, historically used by many artists as a visual tool.
‘Line is the sole element of construction and creations… Line is trajectory, movement, collision, attachment, slicing apart, joining. Line is first and last in both painting and in any construction whatsoever.’
(A. Rodchenko, The Line (1921), translated in Art Into Life: Russian Constructivism 1914-1932, Seattle 1990, pp.72-3.)
Bringing together the work of Vanessa Jackson, Rupert Newman and Vanessa Hodgkinson, whose works are concerned with the use of shape, colour and composition, and the sequences and relationship between such properties, Abstract Geometry is the result of the interrelation of mathematics, nature and art, focusing on how the past is present in contemporary abstract art.”
The full Press Release is here: ABSTRACT-GEOMETRY1
Fling by Vanessa Jackson
“In this new radio drama from Peter Blegvad and Iain Chambers, the transformative power of storytelling is explored through Zoe, a psychiatric patient who believes she is the Queen of Time. Zoe is confident that her map-like drawings can evoke the ‘eternal moment,’ in which she’ll be set free of time itself. She also believes Cody, her art therapist, is the other half of her divided self – the King of Time.
Radiotonic proudly presents The Eternal Moment in conjunction with ABC-wide programming in support of Mental Health Week.” (ABC = Australian Broadcasting Company)
The PoetryFilm Solstice event will take place on Sunday 21 December at 3pm at the ICA Cinema in London.
Tickets will go on sale in mid-November and full programme details will be announced shortly.
Yesterday I attended this fascinating and engaging lecture given by John Woodward. Many thanks to the University of Westminster for the invitation to attend.
Speaker biography: In his career, which includes top leadership roles at the British Film Institute, the UK Film Council, and, currently, Arts Alliance, John has played a key role in the re-birth of the British film industry and he has also overseen millions of pounds worth of investment into British films such as The King’s Speech.
Zata Kitowski performing at the Poetry Challenge recitational fundraiser at the October Gallery in October 2014. Zata recited her poem Ampersand. Many thanks to Josefine Speyer for the invitation and photograph. My nominated charity was the British Heart Foundation.