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

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 30 July, 7.45pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £9.50/ 7.50 concessions

It is possible that what motivates me as an artist is the same as what motivates me as a practitioner of the healing arts. Although my artistic motivations are more ‘self-oriented– certainly as a young artist it was part of my own act of survival.

Tanya Syed

Taking the work of Tanya Syed as a starting point, this event aims to unpack themes of musicality, occupation as artwork, and what it means to sustain an artistic practice over time. The other works in this programme by Tony Conrad, Glenn Gould and Manon de Boer are an attempt to draw out the relationship between the musicality in Syed’s films, and the aforementioned correspondence between life and work.


Tony Conrad, Pythagoras, Refusing To Cross The Bean Field At His Back, Is Dispatched By The Democrats, 1995, extract from audio, 3 min 50 sec
Tony Conrad (1940-2016) was an American experimental filmmaker, musician and composer who pioneered both structural film and drone music. From the 1960s he exhibited and performed widely and collaborated with various artists, including Faust in 1972. Solo releases included Early Minimalism Volume 1 and Slapping Pythagoras (both in 1995) and Four Violins (1964) in 1996.

Tanya Syed, Delilah, 1995, 16mm transferred to SD video, 12 min
Located in the darkness, a place of no boundaries, ‘Delilah’ is a ‘meditation on violence’, love and survival. Interchangeable elements weave a ritual, creating a dialogue of forces that shifts boundaries. This conversation of gesture and sound moves through tension and release, power and abandon.

Tanya Syed, Salamander, 1994, 16mm transferred to SD video, 12 min
The film is set in a fast food take-away, at a roundabout where the excess of traffic, light and sound forces us into dream space. Projections of desire and place are carved into this nocturnal city. Moments of convergence and detachment intercut, forming narratives of expectation. Notions of home surface in this place of inherent transience, where only some gestures mark a continuity, where time and people pass through.

Glenn Gould, The Idea of North, 1967, extract from audio (radio), 9 min 44 sec
An extract from Gould’s first ‘contrapuntal radio documentary’ and the first instalment in his ‘Solitude Trilogy’. Originally broadcast in Canada on the CBC Radio in 1967. An anthropologist, sociologist, a nurse, and a surveyor discuss the subjective ‘idea’ and the reality of the North. Montage and voice counterpoint are used to express the antagonism and scope of the country, the loneliness and isolation, the warmth of community living.

Manon de Boer, One, Two, Many, 2012, 16mm transferred to HD video, 22 min
The film ‘One, Two, Many’ is made up of three performances: a flute piece with continuous breathing, a spoken monologue, and a song by four singers in front of an audience. Starting from different audio-visual perspectives, each section explores the existential space of the voice. Connecting the three performances are the central themes of the individual’s body, listening to the other, and finding the right distance for multiple voices in a social space.

Tanya Syed, Chameleon, 1990, 16mm transferred to SD video, 4 min
A woman surfaces within an interior landscape where she is both trapped and contained. From the depths of dream through the ‘thin veils of matter separating the outside from the inside’ where we are either seen or made invisible. Through rhythmic intercutting the film moves silently towards a point of confrontation with the outside world, emphasised by the film’s only sound.

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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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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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘Steve Reinke, Anthology of American Folk Song & Selected Shorts’

Posted on January 10th, 2017 by LUX Scotland
Sunday 5 February, 7.40pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets, £9.50/ 7.50 concessionsSteve Reinke’s Anthology of American Folk Song (2004) and other works selected for this screening explore the relationships between desires, bodies and action. Selected from Reinke’s extensive collection and created from appropriated media and the artist’s ironic musings, this series of shorts seeks to interrogate the use of desire as a material for artists’ film, examining the interaction between voice, performativity and subversion.

Chicago-based Reinke is an artist best known for his single-channel video work, alongside a prolific output of writing which often informs his filmmaking practice. The films selected are characteristic of Reinke’s wry style of delivery – diaristic and personal, interrupted by wit, libidinal urges and the inane everyday.

The programme also features the Scottish premiere of Reinke’s new work, A Boy Needs a Friend (2015), following on from screenings at The Berlinale and New York Film Festival, as well as an introductory text written by Glasgow-based artist, Gordon Douglas. Please click here to read the text.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, curated by Seán Elder and presented by LUX Scotland.

Still: Steve Reinke, Anthology of American Folk Song, 2004

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Screening: LUX Scotland presents ‘Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years, Plus Shorts’

Posted on August 30th, 2016 by Programme Assistants

Sunday 4 September, 7.15pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets

As part of September’s Crossing The Line at GFT, Phoebe Amis has curated a film programme celebrating subversive uses of anger, risk, precarity and opacity by German filmmakers Helke Sander, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, and Dagmar Schultz.

Schulz’s feature-length portrait of Audre Lorde shows the eponymous African-American poet galvanising the Afro-German movement and anti-racist feminism. The documentary demonstrates another history of 1980s West German and North Atlantic social movements, rearranging the legacy of feminist filmmaker Sander. Sander’s short film about destitution and direct action unpicks narratives of social change and debates about what a feminist looks like, while Boudry/Lorenz examine the capacity for resistance in the presence of a ‘visible’ enemy.

This screening is part of GFT’s Crossing the Line strand, kindly supported by Goethe Institut.

Image: Audre Lorde, 1984

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Screening: LUX Scotland Presents ‘Nightcleaners’

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 5 June, 8pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets

LUX Scotland presents ‘Nightcleaners’ (1975), a documentary made by members of the Berwick Street Collective. The film follows the campaign to unionise women who cleaned office blocks at night, who were victimised and underpaid. Intending at the outset to make a ‘campaign film’, the Collective was forced to turn to more avant-garde forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaner’s Action Group and the unions, as well as the complex nature of the campaign itself. An intensely self-reflexive film that implicates both filmmakers and audiences in the process of precarious and invisible labour, it has become recognised as a key work of the 1970s and an important precursor to current political art practice.

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

Still: ‘Nightcleaners’, Berwick Street Collective, (1975)

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Screening: LUX Scotland Presents ‘Pain Is…’ by Stephen Dwoskin

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Programme Assistants


Sunday 1 May, 8pm
GFT, Glasgow
Book Tickets

LUX Scotland presents Stephen Dwoskin’s powerful Pain Is… (1997), an unflinching film that examines the role of pain within society. Attempting “to make an image of pain”, Dwoskin’s feature is practical and philosophical: a seamless blend of film culture and social activism.

“Pain Is… combines interviews, archival footage and Dwoskin’s thoughtful voice-over to arrive at a scrupulous anatomy of pain (encompassing disease, dental work and sadomasochism). The interviews range from those who suffer from chronic pain to those who find pleasure in wilfully inflicting pain.” (Dennis Lim, director of Film at Lincoln Centre NYC)

A teacher, designer, photographer, film director and producer, Dwoskin (1939-2012) began making films in New York in 1959 against the avant-garde backdrop of Jonas Mekas’ Film Co-op and Andy Warhol’s Factory. Dwoskin went on to become a co-founder of the London Film-Makers’ Co-Op, which was established 50 years ago and is a precursor to LUX and LUX Scotland.

This screening is introduced by LUX Scotland Director Isla Leaver-Yap for GFT’s Crossing the Line strand and is presented as part of The Radical Film Network Festival & Unconference.

Still: ‘Pain Is…‘, Stephen Dwoskin, (1997)

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Screening: The work of Duncan Marquiss

Posted on October 29th, 2015 by LUX Scotland

quiss Search Film small

Sunday 8 November, GFT, Glasgow
7.15pm, £8.50/£7. Booking available online

In advance of his Margaret Tait Award commission premiere early next year, Duncan Marquiss presents his most recent film work, ‘Search Film’ (2015) and other short works. ‘Search Film’ follows the artist’s father, the biologist Dr Mick Marquiss as he tracks goshawks, an elusive bird of prey, in rural north east Scotland. The film examines the nature of searching in a variety of contexts, comparing innate foraging behaviour with shopping and browsing databases.

This screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist, Mick Marquiss and Isla Leaver-Yap, where the three will discuss both the research, inspiration and production of the film.

Image: Duncan Marquiss, ‘Search Film’, 2015.

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Screening: Stuart Marshall, ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’

Posted on June 11th, 2015 by LUX Scotland

Gran-Fury Men use condoms

Presented by Conal McStravick with Ed Webb-Ingall and Laura Guy

7.30pm, Sunday 5 July, GFT, Glasgow

Tickets available from GFT box office

Originally broadcast as part of the OUT series on Channel 4 in 1991, Stuart Marshall’s film documents the origins of the AIDS activist movement in the US and the UK, and the gay community’s growing anger and frustration with the inadequate response to the epidemic. While the film celebrates the real successes of this movement, it also examines the problematic debates within it concerning democracy, representation, power differentials, as well as the relationship between homophobia, racism and sexism.

London-based artist Conal McStravick, along with researchers Ed Webb-Ingall and Laura Guy, presents Over Our Dead Bodies as part of McStravick’s ongoing enquiry into the life and legacy of Marshall and his collaborators. In both their introduction and post-screening Q&A, the three will discuss what these mean now for artists concerned with this material and these issues.

This screening is part of the GFT’s Crossing the Line series, and is delivered as part of LUX Scotland’s forthcoming Artist’s Moving Image Festival (AMIF) Prologues for #amif2015 in September 2015, which will have a special profile of the legacy of Stuart Marshall.


Image: Gran Fury poster, as featured in Stuart Marshall’s Over Our Dead Bodies.

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Anne Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by LUX Scotland

Sunday 5 October, 7.30pm, GFT, Glasgow

Tickets available from the GFT Box Office

Anne Charlotte Robertson’s Five Year Diary stands as one of the major works of diary filmmaking. An intimate chronicle of her life, they describe Robertson’s battles with depression, paranoia, and borderline schizophrenia. The diaries document Robertson’s hospitalisations, her crush on Doctor Who actor Tom Baker, the side effects of prescription medication and the death of her three-year-old niece. Robertson died of cancer in September 2012, and her work is preserved by the Harvard Film Archive.

Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Temporary Exhibitions Curator at the Wellcome Trust, will take part in a post-screening Q&A with LUX Scotland’s Isla Leaver-Yap. Copies of the Anne Charlotte Robertson: Five Year Diary publication will also be available free to ticket-holders.

Anne Charlotte Robertson: Five Year Diary is also now available as a free download, courtesy of its publishers LUX and Anxiety Arts Festival.

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