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
What is the limited edition and how does it function as a distribution model in artists’ moving image? In this seminar, we will look back at the history of the limited edition and trace how it has become an increasingly central part of the contemporary distribution ecology. We will explore its interactions with other forms of distribution (such as the rental model and bootlegging), its benefits and its limitations, and its political and practical stakes.
Erika Balsom is senior lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London, specializing in the study of the moving image in art. She is the author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013) and the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016). Her next book, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2017. She is a frequent contributor to Artforum and Sight and Sound, and has published widely in academic journals, including Screen, Discourse, and Cinema Journal.
This event forms part of LUX Scotland’s ongoing series of SUPERLUX Professional Practice Seminars. These regular events are designed to open out niche and opaque aspects of the artist moving image sector, such as distribution, funding and pitching, by bringing in industry experts and creating a responsive, discursive environment for learning. This event is for SUPERLUX members only. LUX Scotland’s membership programme is free and easy to join, simply sign up now to become a member.
Image: Price list published by the videogalerie schum, 1971–73
Please join us for the second SUPERLUX Social, our new series of regular membership meet-ups, at the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016 (EAMIF). If you are not currently a member of SUPERLUX, join today to book your place. It is free and easy – simply follow this link.
Our SUPERLUX social at EAMIF will be an opportunity for members to meet one another, as well as Benjamin Cook (Founder and Director of LUX) and Nicole Yip (Director of LUX Scotland) in the middle of the exciting festival programme. We will introduce new and existing members to SUPERLUX, and provide an opportunity to share, listen and discuss experiences and ideas for future SUPERLUX programming and opportunities. Please join us from 2.30pm in the Wee Red Bar at Edinburgh College of Art.
SUPERLUX Socials aim to provide a space for members to come together in informal settings to share their experiences, discuss issues around practice and shape future programming. Over the coming year, SUPERLUX Socials will take place at various locations throughout Scotland to meet directly with our members. SUPERLUX Socials are free to attend for SUPERLUX members.
Still: ‘Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (thanx to Dennis Young)’, Wilma Schoen (1974)
Wednesday 23 November, 12 – 4pm
Free (Ticketed via Eventbrite)
‘Defaced, hidden, stolen crushed, chopped, pierced’ is a SUPERLUX Reading Group programmed by artist Jamie Crewe for Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival. Across the afternoon Jamie will lead collective readings of texts from the blog ‘We Want Truth Goldsmiths’, feminist scholar Sara Ahmed, poet and scholar Anne Carson, and historian James Fredal. Topics will range from responses to institutional sexual harassment made this year, to non-verbal rhetoric in ancient Greece, to the gendering of sound and voice. These readings will be augmented by a screening of Billie Whitelaw performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I and materials for crafting curse tablets. Jamie hopes this will lead the group to a varied contemplation of the ways protest and expression might be made by disempowered people using tools that are defaced, stolen, hidden, crushed, chopped or pierced.
The group will read the texts together out loud, so no reading prior to the day is necessary, though the texts are available if you would feel more comfortable reading through before hand. It will accommodate a small, intimate and contributory group of 12-15 participants, so please only reserve a ticket if you are able to commit to the whole afternoon.
Some of the texts used in this reading group discuss sexual harassment, with no descriptions of specific experiences. For more information please contact LUX Scotland email@example.com
This event is presented as part of Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival by SUPERLUX.
Please join us for our inaugural SUPERLUX Social, our new series of regular membership meet-ups, starting with an #AMIF2016 breakfast!
Our #AMIF2016 social will be an opportunity for members to meet one another ahead of this year’s annual Artists’ Moving Image Festival at Tramway. Over breakfast there will also be the opportunity to hear from SUPERLUX members who have previously benefitted from our bursary awards and a chance to chat with members of our critical forum groups.
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.
Image: #AMIF2015, Pavel D.
#AMIF2016 is here!
The fifth edition of Tramway’s Artists’ Moving Image Festival will take place on 5 and 6 November 2016 at Tramway, Glasgow. We are offering two bursary places to SUPERLUX members based outside Glasgow to attend the festival, including a two-day festival pass, plus travel and accommodation costs up to £250 each.
Programmed by Sarah Tripp and Ed Webb-Ingall, #AMIF2016 will host a series of screenings, new works, readings, performances and discussions, bringing together local and international artists, writers and programmers. #AMIF2016 will seek to challenge the conventions of the cinema space, activating festival participants through strategies of disruption, subversion and intervention.
The programme will include contributions from artists including; Kate Briggs, Siân Robinson Davies, Alice Brooke and Beatrice Loft Schulz, Sarah Forrest, Aniara Omann, Katrina Palmer and Jamie Crewe, plus many more participants to be announced. Keep an eye on the #AMIF2016 blog for further info.
It’s easy to apply, simply fill out the form on our SUPERLUX site, explaining why you would be interested in attending #AMIF2016 and how this will benefit your current research or practice in 150 words or less. Submit the form below before 12pm (noon) on Wednesday 26 October 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on Thursday 27 September.
If you are not awarded the SUPERLUX bursary, there are festival passes available to purchase direct from Tramway, and we hope you are able join us for our inaugural SUPERLUX Social: #AMIF2016 Breakfast too!
Image: New work for #AMIF2016, Alice Brooke and Beatrice Loft Schulz.
Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival are back! The 12th edition of BFMAF takes place from Wednesday 21- Sunday 25 September 2016. We have two bursary places available to send SUPERLUX members along to attend the festival.
The bursary includes a free festival pass, with full access to a three-day seminar, accommodation in Berwick and travel costs. Bursary recipients will be expected to attend all three sessions of the seminar and write a short response on their experience of BFMAF, which will be published on the SUPERLUX website.
It’s really easy to apply (and easy to join SUPERLUX too—it’s free!). Simply fill out the form on our SUPERLUX site, explaining why you are interested in attending BFMAF and how this will benefit your current research and practice in 150 words or less. Deadline for applications will be 10am Tuesday 13 September. We’ll let the the successful bursary holder know by 5pm Wednesday 14 September.
If you are not awarded the SUPERLUX bursary, there are festival passes available to purchase, and we hope you can still make it to BFMAF 2016.
Image: ‘Fucking Finland’ series, Seamus Harahan, BFMAF 2015
Hospitalfield Arts are hosting a three-day 16mm workshop between 16 and 18 August 2016.
We have one bursary place available for a SUPERLUX member to attend the workshop. This bursary includes a free place on the workshop, bed and board at Hospitalfield estate, and up to £60 of your travel costs to Hospitalfield.
It’s really easy to apply (and easy to join SUPERLUX too—it’s free!). Simply fill out the form on our SUPERLUX site, telling us in no more than 150 words why you would be interested in attending the workshop and how the course will benefit your practice. Deadline for applications will be 10am Thursday 21 July. We will select the applicant whose practice is set to benefit the most from attending the workshop, and let them know within 24 hours of the deadline.
If you are not awarded the SUPERLUX bursary, there are paid places available on the workshop which you can book before 26 July.
Photograph by Pavel D.
We’re delighted to announce our latest endeavour: LUX Scotland at Glasgow School of Art Library, a dedicated artists’ moving image library. We have been working together, drawing from LUX and LUX Scotland’s expansive relationship with artists’ moving image, and the GSA Library’s facilities to bring you Scotland’s first dedicated library for artists moving image. This resource will enable GSA students and library members to gain access to a world of moving image artworks; from early work emerging from the London film cooperatives that gave birth to LUX, through to contemporary practice in Scotland and beyond. We invite you to explore the relationship between books and moving image, and the rich history of moving image within art.
As well as being open to existing library members, we are pleased to offer a reduced membership fee to all SUPERLUX members at £25 a year (discounted from £40). To become a member, visit the GSA Library with your SUPERLUX membership number. Fill out an External Borrower Membership form and your card will be posted to your home address within 7-10 days.
The LUX Scotland resource is accessed within the GSA Library. Library staff will buzz visitors through the turnstiles or gate at the Library entrance on the corner of Renfrew Street and Scott Street. The resource is on display in the second floor space by the DVD collection, next to a television where you can watch titles. During term-time, GSA Library is open 7 days a week, 8am-10pm Mon-Fri and 8am-6pm Sat-Sun. You can find out more here.
Browse LUX Scotland at GSA Library here.
Click to find out more about becoming a member of SUPERLUX.
Image: Margaret Tait, subjects and sequences, 1960
7pm Tuesday 5 April
Led by LUX Distribution Manager, Matt Carter, this is an open forum discussion about the many forms of distribution as a practice.
LUX is the largest distributor of artists’ moving image in Europe, with over 7,000 works in its collection and titles that date from silent cinema of the American avant-garde to works made in 2016. But what is distribution? How does it work for artists? Is it more than a service?
Drawing on case studies from Modern Edinburgh Film School, the Walker Arts Centre (Minneapolis) and Ruangrupa (Jakarta) to consider national and international projects, this event will explore the practical and conceptual potential for distribution, considering it as a practice, as subversion, and as preservation.
SUPERLUX Dialogues is LUX Scotland’s ongoing series of conversations that invite guest speakers to explore practical issues for artists working with the moving image.
LUX Scotland’s new membership programme SUPERLUX is generously supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. If you’re not yet signed up, it’s free and easy to become a member, sign up now or at our events to keep up-to-date on future opportunities.
Matt is Distributions Manager at LUX, London and was previously co-director of Sierra Metro Gallery, Edinburgh 2009 -2012. He studied MA Fine Art at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art and completed an MSC by Research in History of Art at Edinburgh University in 2011. Carter’s work has been included in exhibitions and screenings in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle. He has worked on production and curatorial projects including ‘BRINK’ for CGP London, ‘Looking, Mediated’, a touring programme for LUX Scotland, alongside projects for LUX, British Council, Art Licks, Maria Stenfors Gallery and Pumphouse Gallery.
Image: Lis Rhodes, Light Music, Paris (1975)
Saturday 19 March
Application Deadline, 5pm, 2 March
As part of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016, taking place between 16 – 20 March, SUPERLUX will present a one day pitching workshop, giving 6-8 moving image artists the opportunity to screen their work to a panel of industry experts. The day will culminate in the selection of one artist, who will be awarded £400 as part of our new SUPERLUX Research and Development Scheme.
What is the work that goes into a film before it is made? How can you fund the early stages of your research? And what are the best ways to share ideas about your project as it develops?
This workshop will answer these questions, provide practical and professional advice, prepare you to ‘pitch’ your project, and: offer a cash award as part the SUPERLUX Pitch, a new initiative to support visual artists in developing ambitious moving image projects.
The SUPERLUX pitch is a day-long workshop for participants selected through open call. It will introduce artists to the methodologies of film production; forms of research and development; and advice on how to effectively pitch moving image projects to funders, partners and financiers. During the day, participants will have the opportunity to make a practice pitch, discuss and get feedback from the course conveners, other participants, and an expert panel who will award a new SUPERLUX Research and Development Award of £400 to the most promising project.
7pm, 21 January 2016
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Applying for funding – whether for research, travel, production or developing practical skills – requires one to be a keen reader as well as a clear writer. This SUPERLUX Dialogue opens a conversation about what funders are looking for when they create their grants, make their criteria, and how they decide where the money should go. Headed by the Chairman of The Elephant Trust, Benjamin Cook, in conversation with Screen Officer for Creative Scotland, Mark Thomas, this discussion examines the specifics of what makes a good application, what materials are useful to include, and how to work with multiple funding strands, as well as exploring the finer points of medium-specific applications for artists working with the moving image.
SUPERLUX Dialogues is LUX Scotland’s ongoing series of conversations that invite guest speakers to explore practical issues for artists working with the moving image. SUPERLUX is generously supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Free. Members only. Booking essential, via SUPERLUX
Available and free to all Scotland-based artists, researchers and organisers, SUPERLUX is our new membership programme at LUX Scotland. With special events, advice sessions, bursaries, concessionary rates and a host of member-only opportunities, SUPERLUX is free to join in its first year through generous support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
We’ve got lots of SUPERLUX events coming up soon. These are bookable via the new members’ site, where you can stay up to date with all our membership events, activities and special announcements.
In the meantime, here’s a sneaky preview of some of the upcoming events for members. Book your free place at SUPERLUX events, or if there are still places available at these events you can sign up on the door.
Reading Group: ‘What is the content of (your) (black) technique?’
3pm, 6 December 2015
The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
SUPERLUX invites you to a participate in a new reading group exploring texts in relation to our upcoming screening Who Needs a Heart (1991) by Black Audio Film Collective. Hosted by artist and writer Ash Reid, this reading group is invited to read and discuss two texts: ‘Minimal Selves’ by cultural theorist Stuart Hall, and ‘Blackness and Governance’ by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. PDFs available from SUPERLUX’s Reading Group page.
SUPERLUX Dialogues: Working with festivals
7pm, 9 December 2015
Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh
World-wide, there are hundreds of festivals that specialise in showing and promoting artists’ moving image work. Whether demanding premiere status for works, programming their annual festivals according to thematic principles, or specializing in durational formats (begging the question ‘how short is a short film’), the criteria for each festival can require careful navigation by artists who seek to work with them.
Drawing on their personal and professional experience of programming, directing and working with festivals (including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Courtisane, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and London Film Festival, to name only a few), Maria Palacios Cruz (Deputy Director of LUX) and Peter Taylor (Director of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival) will discuss the essentials of working with festivals, including: what marketing and materials artists require; organisations that may be able to assist; submission formats and spaces of display; and much more.
This event is likely to be booked out. Register for your free place via the SUPERLUX Dialogues page.
One-on-One sessions with Benjamin Cook
10am – 5pm, 11 December.
Rhubaba Studios and Gallery, Edinburgh
LUX Scotland presents our next One-on-One advice session generously hosted by Rhubaba Edinburgh, and lead by Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX.
**This event is now fully booked. Sign up to the LUX Scotland Bulletin to hear about our January One-on-One sessions first**
And coming soon in 2016:
SUPERLUX Dialogues: What do funders want?
21 January 2016, Glasgow
Free. Members only. Booking available soon.
Applying for funding – whether for research, travel, production or developing practical skills – requires one to be a keen reader as well as a clear writer. This SUPERLUX Dialogue opens a conversation about what funders are looking for when they create their grants, make their criteria, and how they decide where the money should go. Headed by the chairman of UK funding body The Elephant Trust, Benjamin Cook, this discussion examines the specifics of what makes a good application, what materials are useful to include, and how to work with multiple funding strands, as well as exploring the finer points of medium-specific applications for artists working with the moving image.