Rooted in a documentary approach, the programme features an eclectic selection films that have screened recently at major international film festivals, such as Berlinale, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Clermont-Ferrand and Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival. The films range from an esoteric, collaged, architectural fable; a strident protest against tree planting; a subjective roam through the post-industrial former East German landscape; a mystifying intervention on the Brooklyn Bridge; the hidden, inner world of a homeless hostel; and a child’s imaginary film and make-believe games, played-out in the backyards of an indigenous Brazilian village.
The programme is titled after Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s single long poem of inter-connected verses and drawings.
Screening throughout the weekend of Aug 5 to 7, Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire, UK.
Programme (1hr 15mins):
Citizens Against Basswood, Jaimz & Karen Asmundson
A live performance by Nick Jordan & Lord Mongo with The Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers. An improvised electronic and vocal score to the expanded version of their film MERZMONGO (2016); originally made for ‘Film is Dead, Long Live Dada’ festival at the ICA.
Toots & Purrs: 16mm Solar Spell
Saluting the sun through fogged, scorched and solarised 16mm film with optical sound and live lens interventions.
Saturday Aug 6th:
David Chatton Barker & Sam McLoughlin: Cognitive liberation happenings and ritual instruments.
Sunday Aug 7th:
Mary Stark: Film as Fabric. A film performance with optical sound summoning obsolete industries through 16mm film projection, shadow play, mechanical noise and sounds associated with the production of cloth.
SUPERNORMAL is a three-day, experimental arts and music festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. It offers a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively for a new kind of audience seeking experiences out of the mainstream. It is determinedly small and intimate with an audience of 1,500 and has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination rather than commercialism and profit.
Following a week long residency in September 2015, with Manchester’s FILM MATERIAL visiting BEEF in Bristol, this year three artists from Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film (BEEF) took part in a micro-residency with FILM MATERIAL in Manchester from 11 to 15 April. Matt Davies, Laura Phillips and Alexander Stevenson were based in Rogue Project Space before it opened for an event on Friday 15 April with film installation, performance and screenings from Matt, Laura and Alex, as well as Vicky Smith and Film Material’s Mary Stark.
Matt Davies showed a three projector 16mm film performance using film loops and sounds created from recording the transformers inside film projectors. Imagery included found macro footage of plants photosynthesising and at one point he burned film live in the projector.
Alexander Stevenson showed a 16mm film interpreting The Mechanical and Chemical Processes of 16mm Film though dance. During his time in Manchester, Alex worked on a foley soundtrack to accompany the film before showing it for the first time at the event on Friday.
Laura Phillips installed a 16mm cyanotype loop made by exposing filmstrips with fabric in windows around Rogue Studios. Threading across the ceiling, the installation held a sculptural presence in the event space.BEEF screened a 16mm film by Vicky Smith made by a bike being ridden along and across a length of clear film leader.
Mary Stark tested out new developments of a 16mm film performance, Film as Fabric, before showing it at Sound is Sound is Sound at The Albany in Deptford the following night. She experimented with new developments involving the audience being measured with film. Thanks to John Lynch of Manifest for these excellent photos documenting the performance.
During the week Film Material and BEEF also held an artist show and tell evening to share their practices. It was a pleasure to host the artists from BEEF, with this exchange marking the beginning of fruitful filmic relationships between artist filmmakers from Manchester and Bristol. Look out for more information about upcoming events at BEEF and with Film Material in Manchester as the two collectives forge further communal cinematic creations!
Members of FILM MATERIAL visited BEEF (Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film) during September 2015 for a week-long residency and public event. We’re pleased and excited to host a return residency for BEEF artists, along with a performance of expanded film installation on Friday 15 April.
Featuring: Matt Davies (Expo Leeds/ Kitev Oberhausen / Spike Island / Schmalfilmtage Dresden), Laura Phillips (Cortoformo / Annexinema / Spike Island / KARST, Marcy Saude (IFF Rotterdam / Ann Arbor FF / Other Cinema San Fransisco / Filmwerkplaats), Vicky Smith (Alchemy FF / London SFF / Arnolfini / Tate Britain / London Film Makers Co-Op), Alexander Stevenson (KARST / Bristol Biennial / GoMA / Grand Union).
This event is part of Rogue21 series in 2016 – celebrating 21 years of Rogue Studios in Manchester.
FMS at VideoFAG, Augusta Ave, Toronto, 16 December 2014, 7.30pm
Curated by Mary Stark: “Film Material Soup presents a diverse range of approaches to artist film: studio tests with sculptural forms; projected light and shadow; repetitive actions performed for the camera; photochemical sonic processes; rhythmic interrogation of the filmstrip and the video codec; romantic technological obsolescence; animated microfilm; far flung manmade habitats; flickering urban wilds; data traced through peripheral landscapes.”
Videofagis a storefront cinema and performance lab in Toronto’s Kensington market dedicated to the creation and exhibition of video, film, new media, and live art.
Another seasonal show-and-tell, of international photographic adventures. Ahead of his CFCCA show, Chris Paul Daniels test-screened his latest twin-screen video, A Tiger’s Skin. Shot during his journey with Transnational Dialogues Chinese Caravan 2014, to Hong Kong and five Chinese cities, Chris’ film is a contemporary echo of Chung Kuo, Cina. Revisiting similar locations to Antonioni’s 1972 feature, and reframing aspects of China’s economic, cultural and recreational daily life, Chris’s work highlights how documentary assumes authenticity, and the how the filmmaker struggles to speak about otherness. It’s also a subtle study of the photographic as a regime possibly more powerful than nation-states and broader geopolitical structures.
In another Asian project, Dave Griffiths reported on his and Joe Duffy’s field trip to Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city in 2013, and his recently completed commission for Full Circle Arts. The plain our bed the stars our blanket is a Google API hack, hosting Dave’s dense, navigable photo-collages of various locations in a depopulated mining mega-city of Inner Mongolia. Featuring pit heads, power stations, migrant workers, leisure zones and failing real-estate projects, his microfiche and online work documents a brief extinction event, the GDP-driven life and death of Xanadu.
Jo Byrne presented her poetic, acutely observed stills photographed during a visit to the redundant Coney Island resort of lower Brooklyn. In her depictions of the uncanny, of broken freakshow attractions and seaside surrealism, we were again reminded of photography’s potential for weird anthropology within the fractured remains.
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 16 October & Laban Centre, London, 6 November 2014, 6.30pm, free
Film Material Soup are pleased to present a double-programme with LUX13 Critical Forum, 15 artists working with the moving-image who in May 2013 formed a monthly discussion group at LUX for artists no longer in education. At each meeting two members presented their practice, discussing work-in-progress, sharing texts, considering broader theoretical ideas, and viewing works from the LUX archive. Continuing the group’s process of discursive exchange, each artist has made a work no longer than three minutes in response to a word or phrase provided by another group member.
Recent works in photography, microfilm, CCTV and stereoscopic slides by Chris Paul Daniels, Joe Duffy, Dave Griffiths and Sam Meech (2nd floor). Plus a 1.5 hour Film Material Soup screening programme, interspersed by remixes from Chris and Sam.
Rogue Studios Project Space, 15 June 2014, 6.30pm free
A double programme of 16mm & 8mm film work. Richard Tuohy and Cherry Kino’s films are firmly situated in the handcrafted film tradition.
Martha Jurksaitis is an analogue artist filmmaker whose early years were spent looking through kaleidoscopes, exploring gardens, and watching films. She founded Cherry Kino film lab in Leeds, and works with Super 8 and 16mm film which she hand-processes using a variety of alchemical techniques. Martha travels to different lands in pursuit of different kinds of light and shows her work internationally at a variety of festivals and galleries. She still loves kaleidoscopes. All Richard Tuohy’s works are hand-processed from camera neg, optical sound neg, intermediates and opticals to final prints:
“This is done in part out of necessity, but also, and more interestingly, out of a sense of opportunity; while the closure of commercial film labs has meant that it has become increasingly difficult to access traditional laboratory services, it has also created an opportunity for artists to get their hands on this now largely redundant equipment, providing access for experimentation and exploration of a new set of creative possibilities. These works speak of that new opportunity!”
Cherry Kino- Salt
Richard Tuohy – Blue Line Chicago
Cherry Kino- Iron Works
Richard Tuohy – Dot Matrix
Cherry Kino- Bad Blood
Richard’s work to be screened:
Blue Line Chicago – 2014, 10′, 16mm. Architectural distortions of the second city; Tree Lines – 2009, 8′, 16mm . High country, high contrast. A collision of lines and patterns from the wood of burnt trees; Seoul Electric – 2012, 7′, 16mm. A North Asian metropolis. Electricity wires draped like thick webs adorn the street scape. Explosive sparks of colour electrify the frame. Filmed in Seoul in black and white. Colourised during processing using coloured torch light; Ginza Strip – 2014, 9′, 16mm. The Ginza of fable and memory. This is the first film I have finished using the ‘chromaflex’ technique that we developed. This is a very much hands on colour developing procedure that allows selected areas of the film to be colour positive, colour negative, or black and white; Dot Matrix – 2013, 16′, 2 x 16mm . A dual 16mm film involving two almost completely overlapping projected images. The ‘dots’ were produced by photogramming sheets of dotty paper (used for manga illustrations) directly onto raw 16mm film stock, then contact printed with ‘flicker’ (alternating black frames) creating strobing ‘interruptions’ to the dots. The drama of the film emerges in the overlap of the two projected images of dots. The product they make is greater than the parts. The sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector.
Film Material Soup is pleased to present a Manchester screening of the latest edition of one minute shorts curated by Kerry Baldry. Featuring work by Alex Pearl, John Smith, Kelvin Brown, Chris Paul Daniels, Rose Butler, and approximately 37 other artists.