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Event: LUX Scotland presents George Clark, ‘On The Planter’s Art: An illustrated talk on films, maps and gardening’

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Friday 30 June, 3pm
The Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

‘I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and find it hard to believe; here is an inexhaustible fund of interest for any man with eyes to see or twopence-worth of imagination to understand with!’ – Robert Louis Stevenson

‘The map does not reproduce an unconscious closed in upon itself; it constructs the unconscious’ – Gilles Deleuze

Artist and curator George Clark will present this illustrated lecture looking at ideas of perspective, categorisation and interpretation in cinema and art. Drawing from research for his ongoing film projects in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, he will present and discuss a diverse range of subjects from the 16mm Kodachome films of Californian gardener Albert Wilson, the history of bird watching and illustration in colonial Hong Kong and the visionary 1980 Centre Pompidou exhibition on cartography Maps and Figures of the Earth/Cartes et figures de la Terre. Central to the talk is exploration of maps as ‘instruments of travel and discovery, as well as sophisticated tools to dream.’ The presentation will draw on the writings of Jorge Luis-Borges and Gilles Deleuze, film work by South American emigres in Paris such as Hugo Santiago and David Lamelas and Raul Ruiz’s rare film on maps and labyrinths made to accompany the Pompidou exhibition.

George Clark is an artist and curator. Recent work includes the film A Distant Echo (2016), which explores myth, history, and ecology in the desert, and the film Sea of Clouds / 雲海 (2016), which is structured around an interview with artist Chen Chieh-jen. His solo exhibition A Planter’s Art featured a new series of moving image works installed alongside a specially cultivated garden in Taiwan, and his ongoing project Eyemo Rolls draws on a growing body of 35mm films shown in dialog with other works as means to think about place and entanglement. He has curated projects for museums, galleries, cinemas, and festivals with a focus on broadening the histories of film and video practice globally. Through his work at Tate Modern (2013-2015) and in independent projects, he has curated retrospectives of Ute Aurand, Julian Dashper, Lav Diaz, Camille Henrot, Vlado Kristl, Luis Ospina, and Chick Strand, as well as thematic exhibitions on Japanese expanded cinema (with Julian Ross and Go Hirasawa), the L.A. Rebellion, and Infermental, the first magazine on videocassette (with Dan Kidner and James Richards).

Image: Cartes Et Figures De La Terre, catalogue cover, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1980.

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SUPERLUX Masterclass with nowMomentnow: DIY Filmmaking Tactics

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 1 July, 2.00-5.00pm
CCA Clubroom, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

Artists Liz Rosenfeld and Imogen Heath, co-founder of the Berlin-based moving image collective nowMomentnow, explore DIY filmmaking tactics in a masterclass presented as part of Rosenfeld’s current residency with LUX and the Goethe Institut. They will present their collaborative work and show excerpts of previous films, discussing production methods and more broadly situating their practice in terms of community building and DIY strategies for making video.

Following their presentation, they will lead a two-hour collaborative video-making activity, where participants will work together to make short video portraits for a ‘video time capsule’, intersecting nowMomentnow’s love for moving image and performance. Their experimental approach to video production uses discursive, non-linear tactics to reconfigure ideas of family and queer labour.

By putting nowMomentnow’s video-making strategies and techniques into practice, participants will aim to collectively envision what the group desires to ‘record, leave behind, bury, compost, burn, destroy, transmit and transform for a queer future/present or a completely alternative space-time continuum’.

Participants are encouraged to bring fun clothing and makeup to use as costumes, objects ‘to leave for the future’ or use as props. DIY green-screen tools will be used and camera equipment provided. No previous knowledge of video production is necessary to take part.

nowMomentnow began as an experiment between friends to disrupt prevalent modes of story-telling and art-making. Working with very little resources, DIY tactics, feminist and queer discourse, an aspiration to build community as an alternative narrative of content-production, and sustainable labour and art practices, nMn has made music videos, performances, films and installation work, as well as hosted events and film productions in Berlin and internationally.   

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Event: LUX Scotland presents ‘What we learn in the shadows’: a dialogue between Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay & Liz Rosenfeld

Posted on June 25th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 2 July, 2pm
CCA Clubroom, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

The aesthetics of cruising extend far beyond the spaces and situations in which the hunt for sex takes place, offering itself as a means of threshold crossing, as an invitation in experimentation and empathy, and as a spiritual practice of acceptance and non-attachment. Cruising is a register of awareness, a mode of being, a gestural vocabulary replete with actions and inactions that subvert productive, normative ways of moving through space: stalling, idling, looping, back-tracking, pausing, watching, revealing, concealing, communicating non-verbally, abandoning.

Cruising exists both as subject and methodology throughout the artistic practices of both Liz Rosenfeld (Berlin) and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Edinburgh), expressing itself not only in media and performance works, but also as an approach to research, writing, and of course, living.

Rosenfeld and Nemerofsky meet to talk, touch, and feel their way through the diverse ways cruising intersects in their lives and practices.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is an artist and diarist. His artistic gestures in sound, video and text contemplate the history of song and the gender of voices, the rendering of love and emotion into language, and the resurrection and manipulation of voices – sung, spoken or screamed. In his work you will find bells, bouquets, enchanted forests, folding screens, gay elders, glitter, gold leaf, love letters, imaginary paintings, madrigals, megaphones, mirrors, naked men, sign language, subtitles, and the voices of birds, boy sopranos, contraltos, countertenors and sirens. His work is in the permanent collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the Polin Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Thielska Galleriet Stockholm and the National Gallery of Canada. Nemerofsky is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, where he is part of the Cruising the 70s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures research team.

Liz Rosenfeld is a Berlin-based artist utilising the disciplines of film, video and live performance to convey a sense of past and future histories. Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through the moment and ways in which it is lived and remembered. She explores how we identify ourselves with in/out community and social poly-relationship configurations. Rosenfeld is part of the Berlin-based moving image production collective NowMomentNow and is currently the Goethe Institut Artist in Residence at LUX. During her residency, Liz will continue her creative body of research that she has been developing for the past year and a half for her first feature film, a futuristic queer speculative fiction work entitled FOXES. Central to her research are questions exploring queer dystopia, a positive embrace of human apocalypse, invisible genocide and the parallels between the way information was publicly disseminated in the early days of the AIDS/ HIV crisis, and the current state of climate change and environmental destruction.

Image: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Grand Audrelisque, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

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LUX Scotland presents: Culture and Matter with Steven Claydon

Posted on June 24th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Wednesday 5 July, 7pm
Tramway, Glasgow
£3, ticketed via Tramway (transaction fees £1 online, £1.50 by phone)

LUX Scotland presents a screening of work by artist Steven Claydon to coincide with his current exhibitions at The Common Guild and Mount Stuart Trust. Unfolding a set of ongoing concerns explored across both exhibitions, this selection of films pushes and pulls at the rupture between the elemental materiality of things and the shifting values, histories and meanings that we assign to them. The programme will include Claydon’s recent commission for Art Sheffield 2016, Infra-idol Assembly, and will be followed by a Q&A with the artist.

Image: Steven Claydon, The Ancient Set, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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SUPERLUX Masterclass with Dan Kidner: Radical Screens: exhibiting political cinema

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 15 July, 2.00-5.00pm
CCA Clubroom, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

The curator and writer Dan Kidner leads a Masterclass reflecting on his recent writing and exhibitions exploring the histories and historiographies of film and video’s radical past. Kidner will discuss the politics of UK filmmaking collectives from the 1970s such as the Berwick Street Film Collective and the London Women’s Film Group, the evolving distributive strategies developed for independent film and video, internationally, through the 1970s and 1980s, and the accommodation of this work by the institutions of contemporary art.

Dan Kidner was previously Director of Picture This, Bristol (2011–13), and Director of City Projects, London (2004–11). Over the past 10 years he has produced projects by many artists including Knut Åsdam, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Cara Tolmie, Emily Wardill, James Richards and Jimmy Robert. His books include, with Petra Bauer, Working Together: British Film Collectives in the 1970s (2013) and with George Clark and James Richards, A Detour Around Infermental (2011). He writes regularly for Frieze and other magazines and journals. He most recently curated the exhibitions The Inoperative Community, Raven Row (3 December 2015 to 14 February 2016) and Rozdzielona Wspólnota (The Inoperative Community II), Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland (20 May to 28 August 2016).

Image: Leslie Thornton, Peggy and Fred in Hell: Folding, 1984-2015, installed at The Inoperative Community, Raven Row, 3 December 2015 – 14 February 2016. Courtesy of the artist, photograph by Marcus J. Leith.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘The Discreet Body’

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Tuesday 18 July, 7pm
Transmission, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

This collection of works considers the sometimes overlooked, but no less significant, experiences pertaining to gendered space, professionalism, the importance of gender visibility, as well as the desire not to be seen.

These videos by Lucy Clout; Women in Manual Trades; and Vanalyne Green, and film by Rosalind Nashashibi, access such subjects with diverse and subversive approaches, and cast light over ideas and issues of public space and women’s experience within it, which often fall between the cracks.

Curated by Alice Lea, first shown at LUX in June 2016.

Programme:

Lucy Clout, From Our Own Correspondent, 2015, HD video, colour, sound, UK / USA, 10mins

The video begins with an animated woman (a profile) who is simultaneously rehearsing alone in a hotel room and replaying her day. She nods and grimaces along to imagined subjects testimony, performing private rituals of productivity and inactivity in a half-dressed state. In the final section that same profile tells a story in which her own sexual life is intermingled with the (retroactively) shame-filled direct messages of a disgraced politician. The work is interested in pleasure, comfort, shame and the desire to be both witnessed and unseen. It’s a video about being and not being intertwined with others, it is about what a woman might need from other people and how she might go about getting it.

Commissioned as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards. A collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and FVU in association with CCA, Glasgow and University of East London. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.

Women in Manual Trades, Building Your Future, 1980, SD video, colour, sound, UK, 27mins

This tape is about women working in the building industry. A series of interviews with a plumber; plasterer; carpenter; bricklayer; electrician; a painter and decorator, who speak of their experiences and interests, from joining the profession to aspirations for their future careers.

Vanalyne Green, A Spy in the House that Ruth Built, 1989, SD video, colour, sound, USA, 29mins

Inspired by art historian Carol Duncan’s ideas about how public spaces are gendered and by artist Fred Lonidier’s observation that socially progressive artists rarely seize on sports as subject matter for their art, I wanted to create something that could take baseball’s symbolism and stand it on its head — its womblike stadiums and its cycles and rituals. And I wanted to make something that perhaps could be funny, heretical and yet devoted to a sport I love. VG

Rosalind Nashashibi, This Quality, 2010, 16mm, colour, sound, UK, 5mins

This Quality is a film shot in downtown Cairo. It comprises two halves: the first shows a 30-something woman looking directly at the camera, and sometimes acknowledging the existence of others around her who we cannot see. She has a beautiful face with eyes which seem to see internally rather than outwardly, they almost have the appearance of being painted on, suggesting the blindness of a mythological seer. The second half shows a series of parked cars covered with fabric. Each car suggests a sightless face, as the fabric stretched around the machine turns it into a face but also seems to hood the car so that it is conspicuously hidden, like a child covering his eyes.

 

Image: Rosalind Nashashibi, This Quality, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘The future, in a choral style’

Posted on June 20th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 30 July, 7.45pm
GFT, Glasgow
Tickets available soon

What does it mean to sustain yourself as an artist? How is a creative practice sustained over time? This event presents a selection of artist moving image and sound that explores the cinema as a potent space for reflection on the life lived before, after and outside the artwork. Selected works spill over into the life of the artist, slowly evolving into or emerging from the conditions of subsistence to which everyone is subject, rendering them explicit or making them material.

The future, in a choral style is curated by Nick Thomas.

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

Image: Tanya Syed, Salamander, 1994. Image courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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SUPERLUX Workshop with Liz Rosenfeld: Feeling Seen: laughing.crying.silence.

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Wednesday 28 June, 10.00am-5.00pm
Tramway, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

Join Berlin-based artist and current Goethe at LUX Resident, Liz Rosenfeld for an intense, physical workshop that aims to share a working practice that is central to her research. She describes this methodology (learned from dancers and choreographers Sigal Zouk and Jared Gradinger) as ‘a beautiful experience in emotional threshold crossing, togetherness and collectivity’. Her practice utilises film, video and live performance to convey a sense of past and future histories.

Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through the moment and ways in which it is lived and remembered. She explores how we identify ourselves with in/out community and social poly-relationship configurations.

Workshop participants will collaborate and support one another to laugh for 1.5 hours, cry for 1.5 hours, and sit in silence for 1.5 hours. This will be followed by a group discussion about the temporality of collectivity, endurance, inner manifestations of self, and how this practice can enable participants to feel ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’.

This workshop is a safe space for queer LGBTQI, non-binary/non-gender conforming identified people. Everyone is welcome, but please come with this in mind.

Image: Liz Rosenfeld, Glimpse of Manipulated Still #3 (White Sands, New Mexico), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents Queer Ecologies with Liz Rosenfeld

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Tuesday 27 June, 6.00-7.30pm
Goethe-Institut, Glasgow
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

Berlin-based artist Liz Rosenfeld will present a programme of films selected from the LUX Collection, which speak to and inspire the themes that she is currently researching while serving as the inaugural Goethe Institut Artist in Residence at LUX. During her residency, Liz has continued her creative body of research that she has been developing for the past year and a half regarding the themes and characters of her first feature film, a futuristic queer speculative fiction work entitled FOXES. Central to her research are questions exploring queer dystopia, a positive embrace of human apocalypse, invisible genocide and the parallels between the way information was publicly disseminated in the early days of the AIDS/ HIV crisis, and the current state of climate change and environmental destruction. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland, and an informal discussion with the audience.

Programme:

Jenny Okun, Waves, 1978, 16mm, 3 min

Waves was hand wound though the camera backwards and forwards as the waves on a beach built up and broke on the shore.

Semiconductor, 20HZ, 2011, HD + HD 3D single channel, 5 min

20HZ observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz.

Jem Cohen, Drink Deep, 1991, SD video, 9 min

Drink Deep is a lyrical vision of friendship, hidden secrets, and desires. Cohen uses several types of film image to add texture to the layered composition. Beautiful shades of grey, silver, black and blue echo the water, reminiscent of early photography and silverprints.

Grace Ndiritu, Natural Disasters: Urban Myths, Urban Legends,  2007, SD video, 6 min
Grace Ndiritu, Natural Disasters No. 2 Tremor, 2007, SD video, 2 min 22 sec
Grace Ndiritu, Natural Disasters No. 3 Earthquake, 2007, SD video, 2 min 24 sec

In the Natural Disasters series nature is re-imagined through a game of absence and presence. Inner earthquakes and minor tremors, mirror ‘real’ disasters on a minute scale. The videos an attempt to continue the linage of environmental filmmaking started by the Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi films.

David Farringdon, Gentlemen, 1988, SD video, 15 min

‘I have tried to give a truthful picture of a taboo subject in an unbiased way, which I hope gives some reason to an occupation perceived by many as unreasonable – the gay sex/desire/frustrations in toilets.’ – David Farringdon

Barbara Hammer, Dyketactics, 1974, 16mm, 4 min

A popular lesbian ‘commercial,’ 110 images of sensual touching montages in A, B, C, D rolls of ‘kinaesthetic’ editing.

Luther Price, SODOM, 1989, 16mm, 25 min

SODOM is viscerally graphic and disturbing through its hypnotic mirage of human fragment absorbed in mutilation. Based on the biblical story, SODOM recreates this destruction through an editing style that lends itself to a kind of organic image breakdown, creating a collage of moving image.

Please note that this programme contains sexually explicit material that some audiences may find disturbing.

With thanks to Ann-Christine Simke and the Goethe-Institut.

Image: Luther Price, SODOM, 1989. Image courtesy of LUX and the artist.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents Evan Ifekoya, ‘She Was a Full Body Speaker’ & Selected Shorts

Posted on April 17th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Saturday 10 June, 7.00pm
Summerhall Red Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

LUX Scotland is pleased to present She Was a Full Body Speaker by interdisciplinary artist Evan Ifekoya.

Combining found footage from Rewind/Fast Forward with the artists’ personal archive, She Was a Full Body Speaker addresses blackness, sociality and inheritance diffracted through queer nightlife and trauma as an endless repetition.

A series of shorts selected by Evan Ifekoya will screen as part of the event, including Ursula ​MayerMedea (2013), Marlon RiggsAnthem (1991) and Alia SyedFatima’s Letter (1992).

Following the screening Evan Ifekoya will be in conversation with writer and lecturer Laura Guy.

This event takes place on the closing weekend of Evan Ifekoya’s solo exhibition A Net Made of Individual Knots at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.

She Was a Full Body Speaker has been made with a package of support from BFI, no.w.here and Wellcome Trust as part of the Queering love, Queering hormones project and a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Rewind/Fast Forward. Thank you to Sandi Hughes for providing access to the Rewind/Fast Forward archive and to James Holcombe for the invaluable technical support at no.w.here, Bethnal Green, London.

Image: Evan Ifekoya, She Was A Full Body Speaker, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘From the Interior’

Posted on April 16th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Thursday 25 May, 6.30-8pm
CCA Cinema, Glasgow
Free, but ticketed via Eventbrite

Telling stories from northern Midwest America. From award winning dog mushers to beloved pets, the felling of a neighborhood tree to the de-forestation of an entire region, this programme of eight short films highlights the concerns, affections, fears and curiosities of multiple artists based in the richly diverse Minnesota region, including:

Tree Work
By Kevin Obsatz
7 min | 2016 | Sound | Colour | Digital | USA
A document of the diligent and dangerous work of Minneapolis Arborists, and the last day of an old, dying tree in my front yard. Tree Work is a personal, autobiographical film about the changing landscapes of our daily lives and all the complexity we take for granted in our homes & neighborhoods.

Miss Rose Fletcher: A Natural History
By Laska Jimsen
17 min | 2007 | Sound | Colour | 16 mm | USA
Combining interviews and archival research with the lyricism of experimental film processes, Jimsen investigates the histories of several generations of residents living in Oregon’s once idyllic Willamette Valley, which is now giving way to industry and suburbia. Through a series of vignettes, two iconic figures emerge: Darrel Ebbert, a trapper and sheep farmer, and Vida Bullis, a dahlia breeder.

Kenilworth Sketch
By Sam Hoolihan
6 min | 2015 | Silent | Colour | 16 mm | USA
A silent meditation on light, time, and landscape.

O.U.R Ford
By Trevor Adams
6 min | 1998 | Silent | Colour | 16 mm | USA
A film portrait of my Grandparents. Margaret and Ike Nickel, were 1st generation immigrants from Germany who settled in a Mennonite community in the Midwest in the 1930’s.

SASKATCHEWAN
By Richard Wiebe
16min | 2011 | Sound | Colour | Digital | Canada, USA
16mm footage and Edison Voicewriter recordings introduce to me a family I never knew. I see my dad, age 7 in 1943, stand in front of a movie camera. I see my grandparents, my aunt, my uncle and others now gone. I was born in North Carolina, decades later, but I imagine the movie we would make together about Saskatchewan.

White Dog
By Rini Yun Keagy
4.5 min | 2015 | Silent | Colour | Digital | USA
Soft white fur, gentle face. Four white legs, moving, elated. A human’s touch. A phantom. Before and after. A snug abode, another caress. Sock, a bandage. Four white legs, moving. Hide the malady. After and before. White leg, bare skin. White dog. Black matter.

The Interior
By Jonathan Rattner
23 min | 2015 | Sound | Colour | Digital | USA
Centered on the visual, sonic, and physical world of Brent Sass, an award-winning dog musher and Minnesota native, The Interior explores Sass’s homestead in Eureka Alaska, where he and his 56 dogs live and work. Rattner portrays the essence of what it’s like to live in a secluded landscape that is ripe with raw meat, snoring dogs, and frozen air.

Beaver Creek Yard
By Laska Jimsen
5.5 min | 2013 | Sound | Colour | Digital | USA
Exploring the human impulse to control, exploit, and profit from the natural world, Jimsen portrays a Christmas tree processing facility on Beaver Creek Road.

Programmed by Ruth Hodgins, programmer/ archivist, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Image: Jonathan Rattner’s The Interior, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘it feels right to me’

Posted on April 15th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Wednesday 24 May, 8.45pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £9.50/ 7.50 concessions

This screening programme brings together live performance with artist moving image in a transatlantic coupling to explore multiple interpretations of Eros in contemporary art practice, with works from Nicole MillerKimberley O’Neill, Jacolby SatterwhiteDanielle Dean and Ursula Mayer. Positioning the event within the female experience and gathering the artworks under three erotic propositions; pleasure, perversion and assembly, the selected artists use ‘worldbuilding’ or in-between states to focus on Eros’ capabilities as a life force and as a mechanism of dissent.

The evening will also extend out from the screen with a new performance work chiffon sponge by Newcastle – based artist Nicola Singh in which images and words meet to apply direct and difficult pressure onto each other. The performance will use video projection, song and text to explore tense or hidden desires.

it feels right to me acknowledges the strength of the erotic into a true knowledge one that is difficult to explain in words but has a certain spiritualism that resides deep in the human psyche. It is a recalibration of the erotic beyond the explicit moving towards a life force in bodily desire.

This screening programme is drawn from artist curator Gayle Meikle’s current research into Eros as a guiding curatorial and institutional positioning.  The title it feels right to me is a quote taken from Audre Lorde’s 1984 publication Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches.

Gayle Meikle is an artist curator based out of Newcastle Upon Tyne where she is undertaking a PhD in Fine Art exploring how a feminist art practice might speculate on multiple forms of a university gallery.

Image: Nicola Singh and Harriet Plewis, they go into a little room and they play a little drum, 2017, BALTIC 39, Newcastle (photo credit: Fiona Larkin).

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Event: Towards a Collection of Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Screening Programme and Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday 3 May, 5 – 8.15pm
Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Free, booking required via Eventbrite

Following the launch of the LUX Scotland Collection project in Glasgow in January 2017, this event continues a series of public dialogues around the establishment of a new distribution collection of artists’ moving image based in Scotland.

The aim of the LUX Scotland Collection project is to make artists’ moving image work publicly accessible on both a national and international level, and to explore how such a collection might function as a means of consolidating a lineage or tradition of moving image culture in Scotland. We are keen to develop the collection as an open research project, working in consultation with the arts community across Scotland on the question of what such a collection could comprise.

This event in Dundee will comprise Five Propositions, a screening programme for which we have invited five individuals working in different capacities across the arts and film sectors in Scotland to present and introduce a personal proposition for the collection. The programme will bring together works selected by the following contributors: Jacqueline Donachie (artist), Stephen Partridge (artist and Associate Dean of Research, DJCAD), Hari MacMillan (artist and committee member, GENERATORProjects), Laura Simpson (Programme Manager, Hospitalfield) and Pernille Spence (artist and lecturer & researcher in Time Based Art & Digital Film, DJCAD).

A roundtable discussion will follow, exploring the lineages of moving image practice and research that have come out of Dundee, as well as considering how the LUX Scotland collection might seek to encompass or acknowledge these histories and discourses. Beyond reflecting on the impact that new media and technologies have had on cultural production, invited speakers will also discuss the implications that digitisation has had (and continues to have) on questions around archiving, distribution and accessibility.

Speakers include Gair Dunlop (artist and Course Director in Time Based Art & Digital Film, DJCAD), Donna Holford-Lovell (Director, Fleet Collective and co-curator and trustee, NeON Digital Arts), Adam Lockhart (Archivist, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD) and Gayle Meikle (artist and curator). The roundtable discussion will be chaired by Luke Collins (artist and former Deputy Director at LUX Scotland).

With thanks to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Installation shot: Forest is …, Kyra Clegg & Su Grierson, 2015. Courtesy of the artists.

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SUPERLUX Workshop: ‘The Observational Camera’ with Margaret Salmon

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 23 April 2017, 10.30am–4.30pm
Hospitalfield House, Arbroath
Free for SUPERLUX members, booking via Eventbrite
Organised in partnership with Hospitalfield as part of their CITIZEN Spring Season Open Weekend

This workshop will consider the differences between ‘observation’ and ‘documentation’ within filmmaking and artistic practices. Participants will be introduced to various historical and theoretical examples of both street photography and street filmmaking, including the presentation of Margaret Salmon’s own film Gibraltar (2013).

A practical introduction to two types of 16mm cameras that Salmon uses to make her own work, the Cannon Scoopic 16mm press camera and the Bolex will follow, before using these in a group filming exercise underpinned by the idea of engaging with a place in an ‘observational mode’. Following the workshop the resulting 16mm film stock will be developed and made available to participants online to view the results.

Workshop participants are welcome to stay overnight at Hospitalfield on Saturday 22 April, to take part in other events there during CITIZEN Spring Season Open Weekend. £5 accommodation can be booked here.

Artist Margaret Salmon will lead this workshop. Born in 1975 in Suffern, New York, Salmon lives and works in Glasgow. She creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday activities, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Cinema Vérité, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal abstraction into the tradition of realist film. Salmon won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Witte de With in Rotterdam and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others.

Still: Margaret Salmon, Gibraltar, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and LUX.

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SUPERLUX Workshop: ANALOGY LOOM with Duncan Marquiss

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Two-day workshop, led by artist Duncan Marquiss
Wednesday 3 May 2017, 10am–4pm and Thursday 4 May, 10am–4pm
Visual Research Centre, Dundee
Free for SUPERLUX members, booking via EventBrite 

‘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.

Participants are encouraged to bring a video-camera or smart-phone with them to use during some short filming-exercises during this workshop. Laptops are also welcome for a short editing session on the second day. While these are welcome, they are not a requirement to take part. If you don’t have access to either a camera or smart-phone then please book your workshop place and email eve@lux.org.uk and we can organise equipment for you.

The workshop will be led by 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.

Analogy Loom was first held in March 2017 at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India, hosted by LUX Scotland, British Council and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

With thanks to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Still: Analogy Loom workshop at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, March 2017.

Events / News
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.

 

News
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.

Events / News
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

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.

Events / News
MULTIPLEXING II

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

21 March 2017, 3 – 5pm
Cineworld, 7 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
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.

Events / Learning / News / SUPERLUX
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.

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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