#3 was a busy session. Sam Meech showed found-footage experiments with a key scene from Cinema Paradisowhere the protagonist becomes emotional at a screening of spliced and scratched film clips. Sam deliberately re-compressed these clips with the wrong codec so that they glitched and stuttered – exploring outmoded technology in digital and analogue viewing. We saw highlights of Chris Paul Daniels video & super 8 visuals in Groningen which mixed Scandinavian landscapes & Nordic painting to a live improvised soundtrack. Chris also screened a black metal-soundtracked super 8 delight shot in Iceland & Sweden. A very well-travelled fellow. Jo Byrne visited from OKO in Leeds to show her performative film Screen Kiss and Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Conceal that combines the repetitive ritual of cosmetics with hands-on fetishisation of celluloid media. We also saw documentation of The Plaza Principle, an expanded film installation at an abandoned TKMaxx, plus a project for PSL using found footage of Leeds’ 1978 Olympic bid. Mary Stark showed pics of her December trip to Mono No Aware in Brooklyn, featuring amazing sculptural and expanded filmworks. Mary also previewed her dark-room tests of B&W neg strips, which apply the language and tools of tailoring to hand-made film practice.
Lunch was a warming slow-roast squash, garlic and sweet potato soup. In the afternoon Ben Gwilliam screened a 16mm photogram negative from his recent Blankspace show. Intended as a sound-producing drawing, the visuals bled into the optical track to reflect the acoustic environment and characteristics of the exhibition site. We were also treated to Oxide, produced during his at no.w.here residency, where Ben experimented with iron rust on film stock as a method of “growing sound on film”. Emma Hardaker screened her hand-processed super 8 expressing her relationship with her own blood condition, featuring some aleatory solarisation effects. Amy Lawrence presented experiments with splicing and respooling VHS tape. Also at the day were Dave Griffiths, Joe Duffy, Veronica Ibarra and Clara Casian.