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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter’

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 26 March, 7.45pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £9.50/ 7.50 concessions

LUX Scotland are pleased to present a screening of Marion Cajori’s intimate portrait of American abstract painter, Joan Mitchell (1925 – 1992).

The film will be accompanied by contributions from artists Max Brand and Joanne Robertson, and writer and curator, Paul Pieroni.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand.

Image: Joan Mitchell, La Grande Vallée XVIII (Luc), 1983-1984

 

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Sarah Forrest Announced as Recipient of 2017 Margaret Tait Award

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by LUX Scotland

The recipient of the 2017 Margaret Tait Award is Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest. Shortlisted along with artists Jamie Crewe, Margaret Salmon and Kimberley O’Neill, Forrest will receive a £10,000 commission to create a new piece of work, and the opportunity to present this work at Glasgow Film Festival in 2018.

On receiving the award, Forrest said, “I’m delighted to receive the Margaret Tait Award. Her work and approach as a filmmaker and writer has been influential for me, so to receive an award that celebrates her legacy is a humbling experience. So too was my inclusion in a shortlist of such incredible artists. The work that I have proposed will begin with a period of research on the Isle of Lewis, where I will be looking initially at the island’s rich history of prophetic ‘second sight’, drawing from stories that I heard from my mother who grew up there. This work will build on recurring themes in my practice that look at appearance, perception, doubt and belief, with the commission being an exciting and significant opportunity for me to explore these in a longer form work.”

After studying at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, Sarah Forrest gained her masters from Glasgow School of Art in 2010, during which time she also studied at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Forrest has held solo exhibitions at CCA in Glasgow (Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl in 2013), Supplement in London (I Left it on Page 32 in 2014) and Kunstraum Dusseldorf in Germany (Again, it objects in 2016). Her work has been presented at international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014) and she has completed numerous residencies, amongst these the inaugural Margaret Tait Residency in 2012.

The 2017 panel consisted of a diverse range of experts and curators in the field of visual arts and cinema, including Katrina Brown (The Common Guild), Graham Domke (freelance writer and curator), Sean Greenhorn (Glasgow Film), Alexia Holt (Cove Park), Kirsten Lloyd (Edinburgh College of Art), Gayle Meikle (artist/curator), Emma Nicholson (Atlas Arts), Charlotte Prodger (artist and recipient of the 2014 Margaret Tait Award), Mark Thomas (Creative Scotland) and Nicole Yip (LUX Scotland Director). From the 25 artists who were nominated for the Award, four were then shortlisted by the panel and asked to submit proposals, from which Forrest was selected.

Image: Sarah Forrest, 2017

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Book Launch and Live Event: ‘Here Is Information. Mobilise. Selected Writings by Ian White’

Posted on January 31st, 2017 by LUX Scotland

21 March 2017, 7pm
The Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2

Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite

LUX and LUX Scotland present a night of music, video and performance to celebrate the life and work of Ian White (1971–2013) and to mark the publication of Here Is Information. Mobilise. Selected Writings by Ian White, edited by Mike Sperlinger and published by LUX.

Ian White was a uniquely influential figure: an artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, whose ideas had affected a generation of artists working with the moving image. This special book launch event will provide a mediated and interpretive reading of a selection of White’s writing on art and the moving image, which has been brought together for the first time in this new publication.

Using the publication to think through cinema’s relationship to conceptual art, the idea of ‘liveness’ in performance and film, and forms of artistic influence as a form of distribution, this event features contributions by artists from Glasgow and beyond, who will present live responses to White’s writing and legacy, including presentations from Giles Bailey, Adam Benmakhlouf, Kathryn Elkin, Luke Fowler, Kaisa Lassinaro, Mason Leaver-Yap, Conal McStravick, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger and Corin Sworn.

This event coincides with MULTIPLEXING II, an itinerant moving image project developed by the 2012–13 cohort of the LUX Associate Artist ProgrammeRichard Bevan, Rebecca Birch, Kathryn Elkin, Ian Giles, Thomas Lock, Edward Thomasson, Richard Whitby and Rehana Zaman – under the mentorship of Ian White. LUX’s unique post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image was facilitated by White from 2007 to 2013.

MULTIPLEXING emerged from this programme and was first presented at PeckhamPlex in South London in late 2014. Using the architecture of a multiplex cinema as the site for a conversation between seven works, the viewer is invited to move between separate screens of the cinema. Presented for the first time in Glasgow four years after White’s untimely death in 2013, this restaging provides an exciting opportunity to reflect on his legacy – in particular, his approach to group learning and radical pedagogy.

A commissioned text by curator, writer and former LUX Associate Director Mike Sperlinger and cinema poster by artist Shakeeb Abu Hamdan are also integral parts of the live event, expanding the space of the screen, not only in terms of composition, but also of collaboration.

MULTIPLEXING II will take place at Cineworld, Glasgow on 21 March from 3 – 5pm.

The project is presented by LUX and LUX Scotland, and is supported by the Elephant Trust. With thanks to Cineworld.

Image: Here is Information. Mobilise. Selected writings by Ian WhiteMike Sperlinger (ed.), with an afterword by Josephine Pryde. LUX, 2016.

Here Is Information. Mobilise. collects key critical writings by artist and curator Ian White (1971–2013), ranging from reviews and catalogue essays to entries from his blog Lives of Performers. It includes essays on animation and visual art, cinema’s relationship to conceptual art, and the idea of ‘liveness’ in performance and film, as well as texts on individual artists including Ruth Buchanan, Gabriel Byrne, Isa Genzken, Peter Gidal, Martin Gustavsson, Oliver Husain, Sharon Lockhart, Stuart Marshall, Yvonne Rainer, Jimmy Robert and David Wojnarowicz.

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MULTIPLEXING II

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

21 March 2017, 3 – 5pm
Cineworld, 7 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3AB
Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite

‘The multiplex does not. It is not. If a multiplex really multiplexed – the way for example a video editor or a telecoms engineer would understand that term – something different would happen after your ticket was torn. This receiving station for commercial films would combine all of the signals it received into a single feed, the way a telephone wire carries many calls at once.’

– Mike Sperlinger

LUX and LUX Scotland are pleased to present MULTIPLEXING II, an itinerant moving image project developed by artists Richard Bevan, Rebecca Birch, Kathryn Elkin, Ian Giles, Thomas Lock, Edward Thomasson, Richard Whitby and Rehana Zaman. Using the architecture of a multiplex cinema as the site for a conversation between seven works, the viewer is invited to move between separate screens of the cinema. The event reconstitutes the industrial structure of the multiplex as portmanteau – seven works as one work.

Bevan, Birch, Elkin, Giles, Lock, Thomasson, Whitby and Zaman were participants of the LUX Associate Artist Programme in 2012–13. LUX’s unique post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image was facilitated by the influential artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, Ian White (1971–2013) from 2007 to 2013. MULTIPLEXING emerged from this programme and was first presented at PeckhamPlex in South London in late 2014. Presented for the first time in Glasgow four years after White’s untimely death in 2013, this restaging provides an exciting opportunity to reflect on his legacy – in particular, his approach to group learning and radical pedagogy.

A commissioned text by curator, writer and former LUX Associate Director Mike Sperlinger and cinema poster by artist Shakeeb Abu Hamdan are also integral parts of the live event, expanding the space of the screen, not only in terms of composition, but also of collaboration.

MULTIPLEXING II coincides with the launch of the publication Here Is Information. Mobilise. Selected Writings by Ian White, (LUX, 2016), which brings together for the first time a selection of Ian White’s hugely influential writing on art and the moving image. A special night of music, video and performance celebrating the life and work of White will take place at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow on 21 March from 7pm and will include presentations from Giles Bailey, Adam Benmakhlouf, Kathryn Elkin, Luke Fowler, Kaisa Lassinaro, Mason Leaver-Yap, Conal McStravick, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger and Corin Sworn.

MULTIPLEXING II is supported by the Elephant Trust. With thanks to Cineworld.

Image: cinema poster by Shakeeb Abu Hamdan. Courtesy of the artist and LUX Scotland.

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SUPERLUX Masterclass with Deborah Stratman: Tactical Audio and a Passively Amplified Ramble 

Posted on January 29th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 18 March, 2–5pm 
UWS project space, CCA Glasgow (meet in the CCA foyer)
Free to SUPERLUX members, ticketed via Eventbrite

Programmed for Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017.

Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman leads a masterclass and walk about the politicised relationship between audio and public space, exploring how sound can disturb, camouflage, animate and construct environments. We will take a look at historic precedents of sonic surveillance, subterfuge and control, followed by a DIY construction session, where we’ll outfit ourselves with passive amplifiers and set forth on an aural stroll.

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets and faith. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou; Hammer Museum; Mercer Union; Witte de With; the Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, CPH/DOX, Oberhausen, Ann Arbor, Full Frame, Rotterdam and Berlinale. Stratman is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins fellowships, a Creative Capital grant and an Alpert Award. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

Image: Deborah Stratman, Range Trumpet, 2011 – ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.

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SUPERLUX Reading Group: Alienation and VR

Posted on January 28th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Alienation and VR – abandoning reality to claim the future

Thursday 16 March, 2–4pm
CCA Clubroom, CCA Glasgow
Free to SUPERLUX members, ticketed via Eventbrite

Alienation and VR is a SUPERLUX Reading Group programmed by artists Dennis and Debbie Club (D&D) for Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017.

This reading group will provide an introduction to ‘homebrew’ Virtual Reality (VR) methods and will consider how a DIY VR scene might be created. Through group readings of the xenofeminist manifesto by the Laboria Cuboniks collective (2015) and Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto (1984), D&D will consider the possibilities of a critical artistic VR practice that can branch into the cultural and political.

D&D work digitally with open-source software, creating CGI animations, video installations and VR apps. Their latest VR work premieres at this year’s festival and showcases their first glimpses into the virtual, a work that began with an offer to build new VR environments for artists Stephanie Mann and Beagles & Ramsay. D&D aim to extend the possibilities of this new technology beyond ‘their own alienation’ and reclaim VR from the corporate world and consider how to repurpose it as a tool for artistic practice.

D&D understand that ‘by rejecting nature, the virtual has yet the chance to open up access to a different reality, a common alien domain. VR is a new artistic medium with the potential to brand creeping normality as the anxiety inducing agent of boredom and stagnation that we rarely dare to admit that it is.’

During the reading group participants will also have the opportunity to experience one of D&D’s new VR environments.

Image: courtesy Dennis and Debbie Club, 2017

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ANTIPHON at the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Friday 3 March – Tuesday 7 March
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Kerala, India

LUX Scotland presents ANTIPHON, a series of five screenings bringing together a selection of Scottish artists’ moving image work and titles from the LUX collection.

Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps
Friday 3 March

A screening of Duncan Marquiss’ recent documentary film Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps (2016), which considers analogies and differences between the cultural and biological realms. Comparing the history of life within the fossil record with the evolution of popular music, the film takes patterns of evolution as cues for image-making and editing structures. This film is presented alongside Copy Errors, Marquiss’ curated programme of research material and archival films that informed the development of Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps.

Duncan Marquiss
Saturday 4 March

A programme of films by artist Duncan Marquiss from the last nine years, revealing shifts in style and execution. This body of work ranges from the material experimentation of his flicker films, to recent documentary videos that stem from his interest in biology. Works include Late Cinema (2009), Midday (2011), Midgie Noise from Video Artefacts (2008) and Search Film (2015).

The screening will be following by a Q&A with Duncan Marquiss and Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland.

Like Stroking a Shadow
Monday 5 March

A programme of films on perception and understanding, fiction and reality, truth and uncertainty, and the unexplained. Programme features Sarah Forrest, Again, it objects (2016), Jane Topping, Peter, (2014), Torsten Lauschmann, Crazy Paving, (2014), and Adam Lewis Jacob, Vision, (2016), (produced by Elizabeth Murphy).

BRIDGIT
Tuesday 6 March

A screening of BRIDGIT (2016), a new work by artist Charlotte Prodger, preceeded by three short animations by the late artist and musician Katy Dove, whose works conjure life as an irrepressible internal rhythm, as well as an external world of colour, music, birdsong, woodland and sky. Programme features Katy Dove, Fantasy Freedom (1999), Luna (2004), Meaning in Action (2013), and Charlotte Prodger, BRIDGIT (2016).

Eglantine
Wednesday 7 March

The Indian premiere of acclaimed artist and filmmaker Margaret Salmon’s debut feature film Eglantine (2016), an intimate and vivid account of a young girl’s real and fantastical adventure in a remote forest one evening. Shot on 35mm in various locations around Scotland, this film draws inspiration from a range of cinematic movements as well as wildlife documentaries to produce a lyrical and sensual portrait of a child’s eye perspective on the natural world.

ANTIPHON is presented alongside Analogy Loom, a video art workshop with Duncan Marquiss taking place as part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale from 2 – 5 March.

ANTIPHON and Analogy Loom are hosted by LUX Scotland, British Council and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

Still: Margaret Salmon, Eglantine, 2016, 35mm film and video

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Workshop: ANALOGY LOOM with Duncan Marquiss at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, 2-5 March 2017

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Deadline for applications to take part in the workshop: Wednesday 22 February

Every concept we have is a tightly packaged bundle of analogies. All we do when we think is to leap from one analogy-bundle to another — and, such leaps are themselves made via analogical connection, to boot.
– Douglas Hofstadter

In 1942 the neuroscientist Charles S. Sherrington famously compared the human mind to an “enchanted loom”. In her 1976 installation Text & Commentary the video artist Beryl Korot made an analogy between the threads on her weaving loom and the lines that make up a video image. Taking analogical thinking as its focus, this workshop will use video as a framework for examining the human tendency to draw comparisons and think in metaphors.

Can an analogy be the subject of a film? How might the form and structure of a film mimic its subject matter? Through discussions and practical exercises Analogy Loom will consider how artists and filmmakers use analogies to generate ideas and devise new formal approaches by combining disparate topics, materials and processes.

The workshop will be led by Scottish artist Duncan Marquiss. Marquiss works with the moving image, drawing, writing and music. His practice is often driven by a search for patterns and connections between seemingly unrelated subject areas. He takes these analogies as starting points for process-led artworks that overlap disparate materials and cultural references. Marquiss has exhibited his films internationally, including presentations at the BFI London Film Festival; Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; and Microscope Gallery, New York. He was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award in 2015.

Applications are invited from artists, filmmakers and art professionals to participate in Analogy Loom. For further information on how to apply, please click here.

Analogy Loom is hosted by LUX Scotland, British Council and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

Still: Duncan Marquiss, Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps, 2015

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SUPERLUX Social at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

Posted on January 25th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 4 March, 9–10am
Room 305, Third Floor, Heart of Hawick, Tower Mill, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite

Please join us for our third SUPERLUX Social, our new series of regular membership meet-ups.

SUPERLUX Socials aim to provide a space for members to come together in informal settings to share their experiences, discuss issues around practice and feed into future programming. Over the coming year, SUPERLUX Socials will take place at various locations throughout Scotland to meet directly with our members.

Come along for a coffee and pastry to meet with other SUPERLUX members and Eve Smith, LUX Scotland’s Programme Manager, Learning and Professional Development, ahead of the Saturday morning screenings at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival.

Image: courtesy Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

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SUPERLUX Bursary Places for PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image (Dublin)

Posted on January 24th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Deadline: Tuesday 28 February, 10am

We are pleased to offer two bursary places to SUPERLUX members to travel to Dublin to attend PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, which takes place from 24–26 March 2017.

PLASTIK is a unique platform for the engagement and appreciation of artists’ moving image in Ireland. The festival offers an innovative, accessible and creative platform for the presentation of artists’ film and video, with a focus on discursive events and the cinema as exhibition space. The bi-annual festival, developed in collaboration with LUX (London), is presented in partnership with the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and IADT Dublin, and is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council.

The bursary will cover 2 nights’ accommodation in Dublin, return flights from Scotland, complimentary tickets to all festival screenings at The Irish Film Institute and access to the festival talks and events programme. The full programme will be announced 10 February.

Following the festival, bursary recipients are required to produce a short response reflecting on their experience to be published on the SUPERLUX website.

To apply for this bursary opportunity, please complete the form on the SUPERLUX website explaining why you are interested in attending the festival and how this will benefit your current research and practice in 150 words or less. SUPERLUX members must be based in Scotland in order to be eligible.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 28 February. We will inform both successful bursary holders by Wednesday 1 March.

Image: courtesy PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image

 

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Screening: Nikos Nikolaidis, ‘Morning Patrol’ at GFF17

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 25 February, 6.15pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £10/ £8 concessions

A woman travels alone, through a destroyed and abandoned city. She wants to pass the Forbidden Zone and get to the sea… Deceptive traps lurk everywhere. The Morning Patrol is guarding and they are on her trail.

She is approached by one of the few survivors. Having a fractured memory in common, they become close to one another. Together, they try to recall the past and make some sense out of this catastrophe. A story of love in an unbearable world, surrounded by violence and death… What point can it have?

Followed by a Q&A with lead actress Michele Valley, artist and filmmaker Anja Kirschner, and director of LUX Scotland, Nicole Yip.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, presented by Glasgow Film Festival and LUX Scotland.

Also programmed as part of the Crossing the Line strand is Moderation, by Anja Kirschner, which also features lead actress Michele Valley and references Nikolaidis’s, Morning Patrol.

Still: Nikos Nikolaidis, Morning Patrol, 1987

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Screening: Anja Kirschner, ‘Moderation’ at GFF17

Posted on January 22nd, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Friday 24 February, 8pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £10/ £8 concessions

Set in Egypt, Greece and Italy, Moderation revolves around a female horror director and a screenwriter whose latest collaboration is haunted by encounters with its ‘raw material’ and the escalation of conflicting desires.

Faced with the disintegration of their project, the director becomes more and more drawn into conversations with the actors she has cast, which reflect on the way horror traverses the affective and material realities of their lives on and off the screen.

Followed by a Q&A with director Anja Kirschner, actress Michele Valley and director of LUX Scotland, Nicole Yip.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, presented by Glasgow Film Festival and LUX Scotland.

For Glasgow Film Festival 2017, Anja Kirschner will also host a Masterclass and Workshop as part of our SUPERLUX programme and take part in a Q&A following the screening of Morning Patrol by Nikos Nikolaidis, which is referenced in Kirschner’s Moderation.

Still: Anja KirschnerModeration, 2016, courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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SUPERLUX Workshop: Page to Picture! Screenwriting for Artists at GFF17

Posted on January 21st, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Friday 24 Feb – Saturday 25 Feb, 11am–5pm
Seminar Room, Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building
Free for SUPERLUX members, ticketed via Eventbrite

Anja Kirschner will introduce approaches to screenwriting outside of conventional formats and how to tailor them for your own moving image projects. The focus will be on expanded narrative structures, adaptation and appropriation, using examples from her own work as well as that of other artists, directors and writers, including Yvonne Rainer, Emily Wardill, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Kathy Acker.

This practical and theoretical workshop is designed for artists working with the moving image and experimental filmmakers who want to develop screenwriting as an integral part of their practice.

Anja Kirschner is an artist whose films draw on factual, literary and pop-cultural sources and deal with materiality, digitality and narrativity and their share in the (de)formation of subjectivities and political agency. She is the recipient of the 2011 Jarman Award and her films have been widely exhibited and screened internationally, including at Secession, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Tate Modern, the Berlinale, the BFI London Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Presented by LUX Scotland as part of the programme for SUPERLUX, LUX Scotland’s membership scheme. SUPERLUX is free and easy to join, simply sign up now to become a member.

Image: courtesy Anja Kirschner

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SUPERLUX Masterclass with Anja Kirschner: Behind the Scenes of an Artists’ Film at GFF17

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Thursday 23 February, 6.30–8.30pm
CCA Clubroom, CCA Glasgow
Free for SUPERLUX members, ticketed via Eventbrite

Drawing on her new feature film Moderation (2016), Anja Kirschner will give an insider’s account of the different stages of making an artists’ film, from inception through to development, realisation and distribution. She will focus on her research into horror cinema from cold-war Europe, Infitah-era Egypt and Metapolitefsi Greece, which refused to naturalistically represent lived experience or to sublimate it by recourse to the irrational.

Anja Kirschner is an artist whose films draw on factual, literary and pop-cultural sources and deal with materiality, digitality and narrativity and their share in the (de)formation of subjectivities and political agency. She is the recipient of the 2011 Jarman Award and her films have been widely exhibited and screened internationally, including at Secession, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Tate Modern, the Berlinale, the BFI London Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

Image courtesy Anja Kirschner

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Screening: Margaret Tait Award, Kate Davis at GFF17

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Monday 20 February, 6.45pm
GFT, Glasgow
Free, available from GFT box office on the day. 

Named after acclaimed Scottish experimental filmmaker Margaret Tait, Glasgow Film Festival’s annual award is supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, and recognises Scottish and Scotland based artists who work within film and moving image in an experimental and innovative way.

Join us for the world premiere of this new moving image work by Kate Davis. Inspired by the ways in which Margaret Tait’s films invite us to contemplate fundamental emotions and everyday activities that are often overlooked, Davis’ new film questions how the essential, but largely invisible and unpaid, processes we employ to care for others and ourselves could be reimagined.

The recipient of the 2017/2018 Margaret Tait Award will be announced at the screening, from shortlisted artists, Jamie Crewe, Sarah Forrest, Margaret Salmon and Kimberley O’Neill.

Image: Margaret Tait Award

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Screening: Ben Rivers, ‘What Means Something / There Is a Happy Land Further Awaay’ at GGF17

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by LUX Scotland
Saturday 18 February, 6.15pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow

Book Tickets, £10/ £8 concessions

Ben Rivers’ portrait of the painter Rose Wylie, predominantly filmed in her studio in Kent features the two artists discussing the artistic process. Rivers constructs his film fragmentally, a series of collages documenting the creative process. Is the film a study of Rose Wylie’s life as an artist, or does it develop into analysing Rivers’ creative practices in studying such a figure, and as such art as a whole? This screening will also include Rivers’ recent short film work There Is A Happy Land Further Awaay, (2015)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director, Ben Rivers.

Still: Ben Rivers, What Means Something, 2015, courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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Book Launch: ‘Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait – Poetry, Portraits, Sound and Place’ at GFF17

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Thursday 16 February, 8.15pm
CCA Clubroom, Glasgow
Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite

Sarah Neely and Gerda Stevenson on Margaret Tait, chaired by Mitch Miller

Orcadian poet and filmmaker, Margaret Tait (1918–99) was one of Britain’s most unique and individual filmmakers and most under-appreciated poets. Her influences ranged from Federico García Lorca to Emily Dickinson, Morton Feldman and the films of the Italian Neo-Realists. In her new book, Sarah Neely (Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling) reappraises Tait’s poetry and portraits, her sounds and vital place in both Scottish letters and cinematic history.

To celebrate the launch of this publication, Neely will be in conversation with actor/writer/director Gerda Stevenson, who played the character Greta in Tait’s only feature film, Blue Black Permanent (1992). The event will be chaired by Mitch Miller, editor of The Drouth, who has also written on Tait’s films and poetry.

Presented in partnership Glasgow Film Festival.

Image: Margaret Tait on set of Blue Black Permanent, courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.

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Screening: Margaret Tait, ‘Blue Black Permanent’ at GFF17

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Thursday 16 February, 6.00pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £10/ £8 concessions

In conjunction with the screening of her 2016 Margaret Tait Award film, artist Kate Davis will present a screening of Margaret Tait’s Blue Black Permanent, a film that informed her new work. Tait’s sole feature film, Blue Black Permanent sits as the Orcadian film-poet’s only attempt to move from her celebrated abstract and allusive shorter works into longer narratives. Employing a complex ‘Russian Doll’ narrative, the film spans three generations of an Orcadian family. As the protagonist Barbara attempts to understand her past, the film flashes back to her mother Greta and grandmother Mary. The film demonstrates Tait’s interest in natural cycles and can be seen to have autobiographical elements through the central character’s interest in poetry and film. Also selected by Kate Davis, Margaret Raspé’s Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – Let Them Swing will screen as a short before the main feature.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, presented by Glasgow Film Festival and LUX Scotland.

Still: Margaret Tait, Blue Black Permanent, 1992. Courtesy of the artist and BFI

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SUPERLUX Opportunity: Bursary places at GFF17

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

As part of Glasgow Film Festival 2017 (GFF17), LUX Scotland will present a series of screenings as part of the festival’s visual arts strand, Crossing the Line, a SUPERLUX Masterclass with artist Anja Kirschner, and a two-day intensive SUPERLUX Workshop, Page to Picture! Screenwriting for Artists, also with Anja Kirschner.

Highlights of the Crossing the Line programme during the festival include the Scottish premiere of Moderation (2016), Anja Kirschner’s new feature film and a screening of Nikos Nikolaidis’ dramatic experimental film, Morning Patrol (1987). Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with artist Anja Kirschner, LUX Scotland Director, Nicole Yip, and actress Michele Valley, who features in both titles.

We are pleased to offer two bursary places to SUPERLUX members based outside of Glasgow to attend GFF17 and take part in the SUPERLUX Workshop, Page to Picture! Screenwriting for Artists, on 24 – 25 February. The bursary will cover 2 nights’ accommodation in Glasgow city centre (23 & 24 February), travel expenses, a place on the workshop and four complimentary tickets to standard priced film festival screenings.

Following the festival, bursary recipients are required to produce a short response reflecting on their experience to be published on the SUPERLUX website.

To apply for this bursary opportunity, simply fill out the form on the SUPERLUX website, explaining why you are interested in attending the workshop and how this will benefit your current research and practice in 150 words or less. The deadline for applications is 10am on 7 February 2017. We will inform the successful bursary holders by 8 February 2017.

Still:  Nikos Nikolaidis, Morning Patrol (1987) Courtesy Nikos Nikolaidis

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Book Launch: Shoot Shoot Shoot: The London Film-Makers’ Co-operative 50th Anniversary, Talk & Book Launch 

Posted on January 17th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Monday 23 January, 6.30pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow
Tickets free, via Eventbrite

LUX Scotland celebrates the launch of the LUX publication Shoot Shoot Shoot: The First Decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative 1966-76 with an illustrated talk by Mark Webber.

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative – LUX’s historical predecessor – this new book explores the formative years of the organisation by bringing together texts, interviews, images and a large number of archival documents

Initially founded in October 1966 as a non-commercial distributor of experimental films, the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative was soon reconfigured into a unique organisation that provided access to production facilities and developed a context for radical investigations of film as material. Its film workshop enabled artists to control every stage of the filmmaking process; a creative freedom that was often extended, through the creation of expanded cinema works, to the moment of projection.

Collectively run on a largely voluntary basis, the LFMC operated without funding throughout its early years. Nonetheless, it maintained a distribution office, cinema space and film workshop in each of the run-down, former industrial buildings in which it was based. This precarious but supportive environment stimulated a remarkable body of films and theoretical work that anticipated today’s diverse culture of artists’ moving image.

Mark Webber, editor of Shoot Shoot Shoot, will present an illustrated talk that includes rarely seen documentary footage, archival materials and screenings of key films from the period. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discounted price. 

This event has been rescheduled, after a cancellation in December. Initially programmed as part of a wider programme by LUX and LUX Scotland celebrating the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative’s 50th anniversary #LFMC50.

This event is free to attend. 

Booking required due to limited capacity; please reserve your place via Eventbrite.

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