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.
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).
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).
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.
Still: Margaret Salmon, Eglantine, 2016, 35mm film and video.
3.30pm, Sunday 21 February
Book tickets through GFT Box Office
For the first in our presentations at Glasgow Film Festival 2016 (#GFF16), LUX Scotland presents Copy Errors with artist Duncan Marquiss. Prefacing the premiere of his Margaret Tait Award film Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps, Copy Errors is Marquiss’ curated programme of research material and archival films that has informed his award-winning work. From artists’ films to interviews with natural scientists and musicologists, Copy Errors reflects on the analogies and differences between biological evolution and cultural processes. This programme will be followed by a discussion between the artist and Isla Leaver-Yap, Director of LUX Scotland.
For more information about the Margaret Tait Award you can find out more about previous winners over at Glasgow Film, read about LUX Scotland’s involvement in the Award and Residency programme, and hear our SoundCloud about how to apply for the annual award.
This screening is produced in collaboration with Glasgow Film, the commissioners of the Margaret Tait Award.
7.30pm, Monday 22 February
Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT)
Book tickets through the GFT Box Office
Margaret Tait Award-winning artist Duncan Marquiss presents the world premiere of Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps, his 30-minute film that examines revolutionary theories of evolution.
Evolutionary Jerks & Gradualist Creeps features interviews with two evolutionary biologists, Niles Eldredge and Armand Marie Leroi, in which they discuss the controversies surrounding Eldredge’s theory of Punctuated Equilibria – a stepped-change picture of the history of life within the fossil record, which Leroi also sees in the evolution of pop music. The conversation considers the analogies and differences between the cultural and the biological realms, taking in Eldredge’s vast collection of brass musical instruments and Leroi’s burgeoning ‘science of culture’, which uses algorithms to trace cultural genealogies. This dialogue is interwoven with a diversity of footage shot by Marquiss, drawing on Eldredge’s pattern of evolution as a cue for image-making processes and editing structures.
Named after acclaimed Scottish experimental filmmaker Margaret Tait, Glasgow Film Festival’s annual award is supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, and recognises Scottish artists and Scotland-based artists who work within film and moving image in an experimental and innovative way.
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.
The winner of the 2015 Margaret Tait Award is Glasgow-based artist Duncan Marquiss. Shortlisted along with artists Kathryn Elkin, Rob Kennedy, and Hardeep Pandhal, Marquiss 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 2016.
Of the prize, Marquiss said, “The Margaret Tait Award is very significant to me at this time as it will allow me to make a film that I would not be able to otherwise realise, and is also a big encouragement for me to keep making work in future. I’m humbled to receive it as all of the shortlisted artists are excellent. With the commission I plan to make a film exploring analogies between natural evolution and the evolution of music. Provisionally entitled Evolutionary Jerks and Gradualist Creeps; Playing the Fossil Record, the film will also focus on a debate between two competing models of evolution and the political ideologies that underpin them.”
Marquiss graduated from the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and undertook the LUX Associate Artist Programme in 2009. Recent projects include ‘Foraging Economics’, published in The Happy Hypocrite #7: Heat Island, Book Works, 2014; Flatness: Cinema After The Internet, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2013; Information Foraging, Artist Moving Image Festival Tramway, Glasgow 2013; Noise, Unosunove Rome, 2012; and Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2011.
The 2015 panel consisted of a diverse range of experts and curators in the field of visual arts and cinema, including Isla Leaver-Yap (LUX Scotland Project Director), Mark Thomas (Creative Scotland), Jenny Brownrigg (Glasgow School of Art), Sarah Neely (University of Stirling), Laura Simpson (Hospitalfields), Ben Harman (Stills), Susan Christie (Inverness Old Town Art), Andrea Kusel (Paisley Museums Curator of Art), and Sean Greenhorn (Glasgow Film). 24 prominent Scottish artists were nominated for the Award, and four were then shortlisted and asked to submit proposals, from which Marquiss was selected.
Image: Duncan Marquiss, Midday, 2011
6.30pm April 8 2015
5pm April 10 2015
At the invitation of the Scottish Government and the British Council Canada, LUX Scotland presents CABAC: New Moving Image From Scotland, our first international touring programme.
CABAC comprises recent work by six exceptional artists who are shaping the form and content of contemporary artists’ moving image in Scotland: Rob Kennedy, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Dennis and Debbie Club (Dennis Reinmüller and Debbie Moody), Kari Robertson and Stina Wirfelt.