Summer School with Artist Morgan Quaintance

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9 — 11 August 2019

Arbroath, Angus
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Morgan Quaintance, Missing Time , 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Join us for a SUPERLUX Summer School led by artist Morgan Quaintance organised in partnership with Hospitalfield in Arbroath.

Over this weekend-long residential summer school, a group of 12 participants will spend time together at Hospitalfield to explore some key questions in Quaintance’s practice through a programme of film screenings, discussions, readings and group meals. The summer school is open to artists, curators, writers and arts professionals based in the UK and internationally.

When pushed for a declaration of interests that define my practice I usually talk about my approach to filmmaking operating along a line between the abstract and the concrete. So one way you could define that is to think of the abstract as a kind of oblique and indirect style of image making and narrative construction, and the concrete as a more reportage-based, direct or journalistic approach (straight documentary maybe).

For the summer school I’d like to explore the power and possibilities of those two approaches and what it’s like moving between and blurring those two points. Through my films and the films of others, we’ll be looking at styles of editing, the use of sound as an affective device, and the merits or inherent possibilities of using either 16mm film, HD digital video, or standard DV, from perspectives that are both qualitative (the look and feel of resulting images) and physical (what it’s like to hold and move about with the respective cameras). We’ll also explore some of the themes that have appeared in recent work of mine, so alternative lifestyles, history, consciousness, creativity as a liberatory strategy, and issues to do with civic transformations in the 21st century; and we’ll talk through the finance behind the films.

Among a selection of films still to be determined, I’ll be showing a new work of mine titled Missing Time, a film that considers what amnesia and memory loss can do to individuals and nations.’

– Morgan Quaintance

Group discussions over the weekend will be informed by additional screenings, selected by Quaintance, that include work by Charles Burnett, Kevin Jerome Everson, Anne McGuire, Catherine Sullivan and James N. Kienitz Wilkins.

Schedule: Activities will begin on the evening of Friday 9 August and conclude by lunchtime on Sunday 11 August 2019

Booking deadline: 7 August 2019

Eligibility: UK and international artists

Places: 12

Cost: £126 (includes two nights shared accommodation and all meals over the weekend)

SUPERLUX Bursary Place

Application deadline: 16 July, 10am

LUX Scotland is pleased to offer one bursary place for a SUPERLUX member to take part in the summer school. This will cover the cost of the summer school including accommodation and meals, as well as travel to and from Hospitalfield.

To apply, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required with a short statement (no longer than 250 words) about why this residency would be useful for your practice and current research. Applications must be received by 10am on 16 July in order to be considered. The bursary holder will be notified by 10am on 17 July. The bursary holder will be asked to provide a short reflection on the summer school, which will be shared on the SUPERLUX website following the event.

About the artist

Morgan Quaintance

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer. His moving-image work has been shown recently at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; LUX, London; KARST, Plymouth; LIMA Amsterdam, Kunstmuseum Bonn; Jerwood Space London; the 14th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival; London Film Festival 2018; November Film Festival; the Palace International Film Festival; and Videonale.17.

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